SMALL HOUSE

RENOVATION CASE STUDY - Somerville, MA

 

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COMPLETION DATE      04.15.2017

BEDROOMS      3 

BATHS     2

SQUARE FOOTAGE       1,156


BIG SPACE does not necessarily equal GOOD SPACE. This house is a study of that; at 1,156 square feet and accommodating three bedrooms and two full baths, the space had to be allocated very thoughtfully to create a house that feels comfortable- even generous- despite its small size. 

 

Several design tactics were used to accomplish this, including:

  • Improved layout and openness. Wherever anything can be opened up, do it, but still maintain a sense of separation between the spaces. Care should be taken, however, to ensure that opening the spaces does not cause acoustical or privacy concerns.
  • Lots of windows and skylights! Natural light is a great way to expand the sense of space, no matter the size. 
  • Functional use of all spaces. Installing built-ins for storage is a fantastic method to optimize all dead space.
  • Bring the outside in. Lots of plants inside serve to bring liveliness to the interior and connect the inside with the out. Plus, they are great for improving the quality of space and cleaning the air.
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Big space is not always good space. Try considering reducing the amount of space but improving the quality.

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The bedrooms were especially cramped, so raising the ceilings and flooding them with natural light was necessary to make the spaces enjoyable. 

Also, utilizing furniture that feels light and airy does a great job widening the sense of space. Especially wall-mounted furniture or pieces that are perched on legs rather than sitting directly on the ground.

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