Small?! We prefer the term square foot challenged. When we got our hands on this space, it was nothing more than an empty garage. It was tiny and so was our budget, which encouraged us to look in unconventional places for building materials. The maple flooring was rescued from a flood at a local school gym. The vintage orange fireplace once housed a family of mice in grandpa’s abandoned farmhouse. Our big red headboard hung for years as the “M” on an old WalMart before it took its rightful place above the bed. The lovingly restored rocking chair rocked my wife’s great grandma to sleep and has rocked every generation since. The carefully selected décor was either fabricated on our kitchen floor or found on a stroll through the flea market. Even the IKEA items come with laughable memories of how we felt like the Beverly Hillbillies as we drove home with boxes sticking out in every direction! We remember the love it took to build this house and can’t help but love it back!
Biggest Challenge of Living in a Small Space:
When living in small quarters, little to no storage is the status quo. We faced that challenge head on in this small space by cleverly integrating hidden storage. We designed and built plywood boxes under each of the hinged stair treads that hold everything from small kitchen appliances to guest bedding. Diamond-plate treads create a seamless finish, and two-foot deep boxes happen to be the perfect size to hold our obligatory Oklahoma cowboy boots. Hidden storage can also be found under the toiletry shelf in the powder bath. We specifically crafted it to suspend spare rolls of toilet paper, keeping them out of sight but still accessible. Form and function have been our goals throughout the process, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results.
If I am the Grand Prize winner of Small Cool, the item(s) or project(s) from my home design wishlist that I'd like to spend my winnings on are::
A Duggar-sized dining room set! While we don’t have any room for that under our roof, there’s plenty of space under the stars. To complete our outdoor living space, we’d also love to buy a grill, fire pit, outdoor games, lounge chairs, planters, and maybe even some tiki torches. We’ve been planning a neighborhood block party since we bought the place three years ago. Furnishing the outside would finally make that dream a reality and turn our square foot challenge into a square foot success!