Create Space Not Space Out!

We all know that moment when we realise that long with the latest addition to the family, we’ve also acquired a whole load of other gear: nappies, soft toys, prams, cribs – you name it, it’s in the way!

Create Space

"There are so many things you can do to create space, it’s just that most people can’t see the wood for the trees and sometimes it takes a trained eye to sort out what’s really what.” In Simon’s own case, he turned the empty studio space he was renting into an apartment with two sleeping areas, a living space and kitchenette. The raised floors in the sleeping areas provided an enormous amount of storage, while architectural salvage was employed to characterise the space.

Solutions can range from moving a lightweight partition wall (which in the eyes of most people is like moving a mountain), to full loft conversions and extensions, and even new-builds.

You can even create more space by taking advantage of high ceilings – for example, by building an upper level sleeping area or perhaps a gallery to use as a study or playroom.

One of the most common things Simon comes across is under-used garage spaces. Garages are great for wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling storage; objects can be hung from the walls or accommodated in the open roof truss area. The live-work scenario is very prevalent at the moment, with more and more people wanting to work from home, but when they examine their circumstances, they