5½ Ways to Maximize Space in Your New Custom Home Design

Whether you are planning to build a quaint country cottage, a cozy cabin nestled in the woods, or a charming bungalow in the heart of the city, designing a custom home requires careful planning and creativity to make the most of every square foot, especially when a smaller floor plan is required. But let’s face it. Even in the days of HGTV and Pinterest, it can be challenging and even a bit overwhelming to know how to effectively maximize space when designing the plans for a new home build.

Thankfully, it doesn’t need to be that way and there are some super simple strategies you can use to design floor plans that will help you to maximize the square footage of your new home. Here are 5 ½ ways you can make the most of your space in your new custom home.

Tip #1: Open Floor Plans

One of our top tips for maximizing the space in your new home is to minimize the number of interior walls and hallways. With a smaller floor plan, every square foot matters. But hallways and interior walls can quickly use up precious space or lead to the inefficient use of rooms or spaces. By keeping the number of interior walls and hallways to a minimum, you will ensure that every square foot of your home will be utilized to its fullest potential.

Try This Tip: Consider combining the living spaces of your new home by integrating the kitchen, dining and living areas into one large multifunctional space. This will give your home a more open and airy feel.

Tip #2: Multi-Functional Spaces

Creating convertible, multi-functional spaces is another amazing way to maximize the square footage of your new home. When designing your new home, consider which rooms could serve multiple purposes, such as a flex space that doubles as a home office and a guest room.

Try This Tip: One of the easiest ways to create a multi-functional space is with multi-functional furniture. In the example of the flex space, consider incorporating a sofa bed or murphy bed into your home office that could double as a guest bed if required.

Tip #3: Go Vertical

So much time goes into maximizing each square foot of floor space in a small home build, but one aspect that is rarely fully maximized is the height of each room. While it may not be possible to extend a cabinet or built-in horizontally because of limited floor area, it is almost always possible to extend them vertically. Floor-to-ceiling cabinets, shelves, and storage units are a great way to utilize the vertical space of your new home.

Try This Tip: Consider the various rooms in your new home and how you may be able to maximize the vertical space available. Do the kitchen cabinets extend up to the ceiling? Is there wall space in your bathroom that could be utilized to provide additional storage? Would a lofted bed help to make a small bedroom more functional?

Tip #4: Efficient Kitchen Design

There are many ways to maximize the efficiency and space of a kitchen, from making smart layout choices to using compact appliances, to customizing cabinetry, but one of the biggest things to prioritize is the general flow of the space. Designing the kitchen layout to work with the natural flow of traffic will help you to ensure you can easily move through your home, thus maximizing the efficiency of your floor plan.

Try This Tip: Which kitchen layout will work best for you and your new home? Here are some examples of space-saving kitchen layouts to consider:

  • A Galley Kitchen utilizes two parallel walls for efficient use of space and streamlined workflow.

    Image: Henry’s Kitchen & Bath
  • An L-Shaped Kitchen makes use of the corner space and keeps the work triangle (sink, stove, and fridge) tight.

    Image: Henry’s Kitchen & Bath

Tip #5: Smart Storage Solutions

When it comes to small spaces, creative storage solutions are essential. Using the space underneath a staircase or incorporating built-ins like shelves or cabinets can help to maximize the space available for storage in your home. Multi-functional furniture, such as an ottoman with storage or a bed with drawers can also provide excellent storage alternatives for smaller homes.

Try This Tip: Take a look at the plans for your home and consider where a built-in could provide additional storage. Some ideas include:

  • Under Staircases – Storage drawers, cabinets, and bookshelves all work well here to utilize the often-wasted space under the stairs.
  • Living Room – Built-in entertainment centers or bookcases can help to house media equipment along with books or décor.
  • Bedroom – Customized built-in closets with shelves, drawers and hanging space can help to maximize storage and organization and can eliminate the need for additional furniture, such as dressers.
  • Kitchen – Pantries, cabinetry, and islands can all be optimized with built-in organizers, adjustable shelves, and vertical dividers for added efficiency and organization.
  • Bathrooms – Vanities with built-in drawers can help to keep bathroom essentials organized while built-in shower or tub niches can be useful for storing toiletries and other bath accessories.
  • Mudroom – Cubbies, lockers and benches with additional storage can all be used to store shoes, bags, coats, and other frequently used items.

Tip #5½: Outdoor Living Spaces

Another fantastic way to maximize your interior living area is by creating an extended living space outdoors during the warmer months of the year. Patios, decks, balconies, or sunrooms can expand your usable living space and create additional areas for relaxation and entertainment.

Try This Tip: Consider integrating large single or double sliding doors into the design of your new home to seamlessly connect your indoor and outdoor living areas.

And there you have it! The 5 ½ super simple ways to maximize the floor plans for your new custom home build. By incorporating these strategies into the design of your new home, you will be able to make the most of your home’s square footage and create a space that is both fully optimized and fully functional.

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