A free-standing soaker tub brings a modern twist to this classic master bath.
A free-standing soaker tub brings a modern twist to this classic master bath.

 

People keep asking me to talk more about creating square footage inside a home. That sounds funny, huh? Well…there’s a lot of unused volume inside most houses. I like to find all the square inches I can and give them back to you in an effective use of space.

Let’s get right down to the brass tacks:

Pictured above is a recent master bathroom. The freestanding tub does two things. Number one, it adds a bit of modern flair to the home — and in the right context I love clean lines and sparse design. Secondly, the freestanding tub does away with all the build-around of a tub, or the insert of a fiberglass shower/tub. There is added volume to the room right there! In a small space, these things mean a lot.

Master closet built-ins
Master closet built-ins

2. It really doesn’t matter how big your walk-in master closet is — it must have bespoke built-ins for proper and effective use of space. No crazy fun antique is going to do the job of a perfectly measured set of drawers.

Laundry room
Laundry room

3. Details.

I use this photo of a laundry room to point out a single detail — the drip-dry bar above the sink. This is a tiny tool of convenience, but one that seems to make families VERY HAPPY. When you think of how you use a space, it becomes easier and easier to build effective spaces.

Those are just three more ideas to add to your 2014 Effective Use of Space repertoire — more to come in future weeks!

 

Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions?

I am going to count every day joy. I am also going to play some golf this summer.

Best,

Jess Alway