|Tips for Maximizing Space in Your Home
How to create the perfect home under 2,500 square feet
When people think about log homes, the first image that comes to mind is the little house in the big woods. But when people think “dream home,” they conjure their neighbor’s McMansion. Combine the two, and the fantasy one-room cabin gives way to a much larger ideal.
Enter Sarah Susanka. In 1998, the Minnesota architect published The Not So Big House. Following her philosophy, smaller doesn’t mean cheaper; rather, it reallocates dollars set aside for square footage to finer details such as wood windows, graceful moldings and striking built-ins. Size matters, but only as it relates to how people really live in their homes. Does the small-is-beautiful ethos translate to log homes? Absolutely.
These 10 tips from the experts will help you think big and get cozy.
1. Edit your existing home. Before designing a new home, clean out the old one. Purging the unnecessary clutter can give you a better idea of your living and storage space needs.
2. Establish your needs vs. wants. Examine your lifestyle, and work with your designer to create a home that matches your daily rhythms. For example, if you’re primarily a microwave cook, does it make sense to accommodate and outfit a professional kitchen? Use the money you’ll save on these amenities on items that you’ll use—and appreciate—every day.