Keeping mixers and blenders in cabinets when they’re not being used is a good space-saving idea, but pulling them out can be tough on your back. This device does the heavy lifting for you (and makes it likelier that you’ll use that weighs-a-ton stand mixer).
Separated by a breezeway and outdoor space, the two-level tower that adjoins the Pinewood Forest Idea Home by Atlanta designer Sherry Hart suggests a hip grotto custom-made for a visiting artist or a cool getaway for the teenagers of the family. A space-saving spiral staircase leads to the upstairs bedroom.
Not every home is blessed with the grand volumes of a loft space, but you can use space-saving tricks to make rooms feel more expansive, as designers Jamie Hamilton and Greer Nelson of Oliver Simon Design did in this project. “We loved the idea of an antique map in this dining room because it was a small space but we still wanted it to be bright and interesting. Not losing valuable space to framed art on the walls meant that every inch was used in the smartest way possible. The custom barn door was also a space saver, and a bright hit of color adds good bang for the buck.”
HGTV Star contestant Brooks Atwood based his concept for this city loft space on the idea that architecture can perform specific functions. For example, the wall in the bathroom folds in and splits open to become a medicine cabinet. He also made the closets double-sided in order to eliminate the need for another wall and save valuable square footage.
To save room in this multi-functional nursery space, designers removed the door from the closet in the room and installed a changing table equipped with all the essentials. This clever idea keeps clothes, diapers and blankets close at hand. As the baby grows and the changing table is no longer needed, it can be removed from the space and it can function as a big kid's closet.