Quick Sketch             summer     2015

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Home Feel Bigger

by Luke Mullins of U.S. News and World Report

With home values falling and job losses mounting, Americans are putting their spending habits under the microscope. For would-be homebuyers, that might mean purchasing a smaller house that fits more comfortably into your budget. For homeowners, it could mean putting off plans for that family-room addition. But even if your home has limited space, it doesn’t have to feel cramped, says Sarah Susanka. Instead of expanding the size of the property, Susanka, an architect and author of the best-selling book “The Not So Big House,” says homeowners should make better use of interior space. In an interview with U.S. News, Susanka shared five simple ways that homeowners can make their houses feel bigger without expanding the size of the structure.

1. Diagonal view: Another secret to making a house feel larger is opening up what Susanka calls a “diagonal view,” or a line of vision that extends from one corner of the house to another. To do this, homeowners may need to remove some segments of the wall that’s blocking the line of vision. Once again, you might consider installing a framed opening or an interior window. “It can be a fairly narrow split that allows you to see from one corner to the other,” Susanka says. “I’ve had a lot of people over the years tell me that that little trick has served them extremely well. Their house instantly feels larger because they are able to look along the longest vista that’s available.”