Designing in 220 sq.ft is a LOT harder than it seems. You think the logic would play out…less space = easier /faster to design. more space = harder / slower to design. But I think it is the exact opposite. While in both scenarios decisions have to be made, in a small or tiny space those decisions are 10x more important. Every decision is the difference between a comfortable, efficient living space and something that makes you want to pull your hair out.
I want to keep my hair.
So as we begin putting Duke back together after ripping him apart, I’m beginning to really understand how key multi-purpose and highly-functional design solutions are. So after we ripped out almost all the existing cabinetry it left us with zero storage. Like none.
So we had to get creative. In another life I wanted to be an interior designer and so I flexed my design muscles a bit and got to work coming up with a custom bay window storage solution for the back of our trailer.
The main elements I wanted to achieve with this design were:
– Additional Seating
– Utilize Every Square Inch For Storage
– Create an Efficiency Flow That Makes Sense
– Make It Pretty (duh)
The space before was highly-under utilized with just two captains chairs and some overhead storage. That’s 19 sq.ft of space just going to waste! And it was blah. So I dreamed up a bay window seat that has plenty of underneath storage to house our dogs supplies, shoes, all our office supplies including a printer and all my print shop supplies so I can maintain a mobile office. Plus gives us tons of extra seating and a cozy nook to drink coffee. (which is obviously the only real reason I’m building it right?!) Here’s what I have so far:
As far as the rest of the design details for Duke, we’re keeping it super modern, bright and clean. Our goal is to make the space feel as big as it possibly can while still being comfortable and efficient. I actually really like our layout. It has the same feel as most 1 bedroom apartments in this city. Our couch pulls out into a full sized bed and the chaise is a big storage compartment. We’re painting the walls the most perfect white and will be designing some really unique accent walls with Nourish .06 black from the eco-friendly Colorhouse Paint.
Seriously cannot wait to get in this bad boy! The next few weeks are gonna be cray-cray. Yes…cray-cray.