Who doesn’t love a good secret? Your home can have its design secrets too – hidden gems that are camouflaged or concealed in a way that makes them accessible and usable but not necessarily noticeable to guests.
Almost everyone needs more storage space, regardless of the size of your home. One good way to accomplish this attractively is to install a window bench in an available nook. Not only can you store things inside, but it also serves as extra seating. The best thing is that a window bench can work as well in a more formal area like a dining room as it does in a private room like a bedroom.
Double Duty Kitchen Island
Islands add so much functionality to kitchens, but this one boasts an extra feature – a hidden bar/wine cooler. Rather than using a stand-alone unit that takes up floor or counter space, we built these features into the island, where they’re conveniently accessible for parties, small gatherings, and everyday use.
Blended Beverage Center
No one would guess that the two panel-front drawers at the end of this counter are actually refrigeration units. For my clients who love outdoor entertaining, having cold beverages just inside their patio doors is not only convenient, but also frees up much-needed space in the main refrigerator.
Unexpected Guest Room
How can a guest room be hiding in plain sight? When it’s a family room by day and a guest room by night. In this small beach house where overnight guests are common occurrences, every inch of space had to serve a purpose. At night, the small first-floor family room can be closed off with pocket doors and the sofa opened into a bed, creating a private bedroom for overflow guests.
Making Every Inch Count
Narrow areas are usually filled by decorative covers, but the classically-detailed fluted fronts flanking this cooktop actually hide rollout spice cabinets, a functional and conveniently-located alternative that makes use of even the smaller spaces. Two large drawers beneath the cooktop provide storage for pots and cooking equipment.