Tiny Home

Interior designer John Harrs says he lives in the smallest house in the world, but he has plenty of tips on how to cope with limited room.

The major downside of such a small house, says John, is that there is not enough storage space and there is nowhere else to go.

But with some clever planning you can find extra space out of nowhere. Here’s how John tackled the problem:

  • The great enemy of a small space is clutter, so nearly everything in the house is hidden. The kitchen has a pullout pantry, and fridge, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer are all concealed behind cupboards.
  • The linen cupboard is under the stairs – literally! Under each stair is a drawer that pulls out to reveal sheets and towels. Very clever!
  • The bedroom may be small but extra storage is created under the bed. Deep drawers on wheels roll out to reveal plenty of space for blankets and winter clothes.
  • The bed head is hollow and stores spare mattresses for guests.
  • And for the most important member of the house, John has designed a dog door next to the back door, which swings back and forth just like a cat flap. So there’s space for everyone!

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