Maximizing Small Spaces

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Maximizing Small Spaces

Designing a small space is no easy feat. Small spaces come with a unique set of challenges that require ingenuity and creativity—luckily, we’re always up for a challenge! Check out our favorite design tips for making the most of any small room, whether it’s a bedroom, bathroom or kitchen.

1. Rethink your nooks and crannies

Even close-quartered spaces can still be functional. Reexamine your room and look for opportunities to take advantage of nooks and crannies. One of the fun parts of working in a compact area is experimenting with new ideas while offering creative design solutions—Waikiki Chic is the perfect example of marrying these two tactics. In the bathroom of this Waikiki unit we maximized the space by investing in Bosch compact washer and dryers, both approved for under-counter installation. These conveniently-sized units allowed us to fully use the space without sacrificing functionality.
  • Built-in washer/dryer with open cabinet door
  • Built-in washer/dryer with closed cabinet door

2. Visually open up a room

The challenge of remodeling a small bathroom is easily confronted by visually opening up the space. Take inspiration from the master bath of our Beautiful Kailani project.

Here we expanded the bathroom visually by opting for a glass door instead of a shower curtain.

We also installed a pedestal sink, less bulky than other sink varieties, to create additional space and added extra storage options above the toilet.

The Beautiful Kailani bathroom makes the most of a tight area while preventing the owners from feeling cramped or overcrowded.

Pedestal sink

3. Convert your tub into a walk-in shower

One of the best ways to maximize space in a bathroom is to swap out your large tub for a walk-in shower. Though we love the spa-like feel of a soaking tub, we also appreciate the benefits of a walk-in shower, especially when tackling size constraints.

In our Imperial Gray project, we upgraded the bathroom of this Honolulu condo unit by removing the tub and installing a walk-in shower with a bench that extends both inside and outside the shower.

We also opted for a glass panel, which enabled the shower to appear more visually inviting.

Walk-in shower

4. Turn a small room into a multipurpose space

Make the most of your extra space by transforming a spare bedroom into a multipurpose room, as seen in our Mauka to Makai project. We installed a versatile Zoom-Room Murphy Bed, which allows the homeowners to utilize the area as a bedroom, crafts room and workspace. Because the Murphy Bed retracts at the push of a button, the owners can easily convert the room given their needs of the day. The Zoom-Room Murphy Bed is just one example of a creative addition that we love incorporating in our projects to maximize space.

  • Closed murphy bed
  • Murphy bed as a table
  • Murphy bed

5. Create an open floor plan

Sometimes enlarging a small space requires more than a simple redesign project. As project managers, we also tackle full-scale remodels that open up the home for its owners. We did just that with Bluestone Reimagined, a kitchen redesign that completely upgraded the home’s floor plan.

In Bluestone Reimagined, we exhibited both design creativity and workmanship by creating an open floor plan and extending the space to include a dining and desk area.

By breaking down the existing bar and transforming two separate rooms into one large space, we breathed life back into the once cramped kitchen.

Townhouse with open floorplan


Whether you’re tackling a minor project or an extensive remodel, get the most out of your space with these design tips! If you’re encountering a small-space issue, we hope our projects will inspire you to come up with your own clever design solutions.