I had this idea while browsing Pinterest several months ago to share examples of smaller homes. I noticed that most of the photos online were of homes that were far bigger than my own. My whole upstairs could fit into most of those laundry rooms on Pinterest with room to spare. I decided I wanted to find other bloggers who had small houses and do a tour. I love participating in Christmas home tours, and summer home tours and so I thought “Why not have a Small House blog hop?!”
There are 12 other bloggers joining me for this two-day event and I am so excited to see their spaces! Today is day one and the first stop on the tour is my own home :)
Most of my home is still “under construction.” I have one room that is complete while the rest are either partly done or not even started. But I will show you what I can and share what I have done to make our small home work for our family of six.
This is a really old picture of the exterior. If everything were not a totally muddy brown mess outside I would have taken a new one. We now have shutters and curtains in all the rooms.
I am always saying how tiny my kitchen is but it still surprises people when they come to my house for the first time. “Your kitchen IS really small!” I guess it is hard to judge size in photos. I tried to get it at an angle this time that would show you just how small it really is.
I added a command center on the wall next to the refrigerator that takes care of all the school work and home work clutter that use to take over my table and counters. It also holds piano music. Their job charts are in the blue frames and our family motto is in the top frame.
How stinkin’ cute is Kevin? He loves to jump in photos and he sits and waits for treats :)
We are going to be getting (or building) new cabinet doors with old-fashioned latches. The cabinets will be white instead of the cream they are now. I am also going to add cabinets to the top of the existing ones so they go all the way to the ceiling for even more storage. You can kind of see the existing cabinets in this picture above the fridge and microwave.
My kitchen use to be green. I decided to paint it a bright white to try to make it feel bigger. I also took down the upper cabinets on either side of the window and added open shelves.
In the dining room (actually we have an eat-in kitchen but dining room sounds better) I added shelves in the corner to make good use of an otherwise awkward space.
My office! Otherwise known as the only complete room in the house. I think it is my favorite :)
The bottom part of the cabinets have storage for office supplies and my kids’ art supplies.The top part functions as a filing cabinet! It just rolls out when I need it. They can also act as extra work surface. Double duty furniture is a must in a small space!
Our 1938 home lacks closet space. I had a lot of things that just didn’t have a home. Things like candles, cloth napkins, vases, candlesticks, winter hats and gloves, and camera gear are now organized on my giant wall of shelves!
Our kids all share one room. Yep, four boys in one bedroom. That is about to change as we are preparing to finish the unfinished part of the basement, but for the last 8 years, this is how they have shared their space successfully. Just like you need to take advantage of vertical space in a room, I took advantage of it in their closet. Every square inch is used!
Bunk beds just make sense. Again, it is using that vertical space. We built these after we moved in and added a trundle bed for the youngest (can you see the piano hinge along the “cracker box”?) after he graduated from the crib. They have loved their “bug’s life” room but it is time to move on and I am SO EXCITED about the plans we have!
Our oldest has a bed on the other end of the room. His bed has drawers built-in because double duty furniture rocks.
Our family room is getting tweaked as we speak. Sometimes you buy something new like a love seat and it spurs a mini makeover. Or maybe I just like an excuse to get new throw pillows :)
We recently added shelves to both side of the window on this wall. Before this, all of our books were in plastic totes in the basement. Our ceilings are coved (see at the corner how they are rounded?) so building floor to ceiling built-ins would not have worked. I don’t think we would have done that anyway because open shelves make a space feel more, well, open!
This corner tends to be a tad dark so I added a large mirror that now reflects light from the window across the room. It hangs above a cabinet I built about 10 years ago. This cabinet holds DVDs, CDs, board games, and blankets. I painted it white like the walls to help it not feel so large.
Our fireplace not only warms us up in the winter but act as an entertainment center. Just below the reclaimed wood, there is a piece that lifts up to reveal the electronics. There is also storage in the side columns. One day I will get around to posting a tutorial on it.
Our laundry room in is the basement and still needs flooring (because for some reason chipped concrete is not all the rage) and a wall to separate it from our future master bedroom. But I am pretty happy with how it looks so far! Those planked walls stained gray are my favorite!
I have tried to go vertical here as well. The bench used to be in my office and it held the shoes. I moved it down here because we needed more storage for miscellaneous items in the basement that were concealed. Laundry bins on top of that and a bar to hang the clean shirts. I might add some shelves above the awesome wire laundry baskets if I end up needing more storage but so far so good.
We rushed to get our down bathroom to a point that it functioned (it was just concrete, one wall, a shower, and pipes) because our upstairs bath tub had issues and needed to be ripped out. We got it about 85% done and stopped. We also haven’t completed the up bath yet either. *sigh* It is tempting some days to take out a loan and go into to debt to just get things finished. This whole pay as you go things is s.l.o.w.
But one thing that I got done that I am really proud of is the recessed shelves. I borrowed some wasted space from the laundry room that is on the other side of the wall. It was space just hanging out between the washer and the water heater. Just gettin’ dusty. Now it serves as the only storage for our SUPER tiny bathroom.
So that is it! The goals for this year include 1. Finish the kitchen and family room 2. Get the upstairs bathroom functioning fully again (new tile and tub!) 3. Finish the down bathroom
The next person on this tour is the amazing Jessica from Mom 4 Real. I love her whole house but I think her kitchen might be my favorite! Hop on over and see her cute, small house!
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Make sure and check out day TWO of the home tour!