Mother Earth Living


Make Space for Your Life: How to Minimize Remodeling

Think you need more room? Before building an addition, look closely at how you use your current space.



Half-height bookcases, a lowered beam and the change from oak to cork flooring signal the transition from living room to kitchen without blocking views or light.
Photo By Barbara Bourne
Save resources and money by redesigning your existing rooms around activities your family enjoys:?Let a wall become an art gallery; design cabinetry to store and display your favorite things; build bookcases near a sunny spot with a chair for reading.
High ceilings and clerestory windows above the cabinets flood this kitchen and dining peninsula with natural light.
Photo By Hunter Breedlove
Partial openness is the key in combined kitchen/dining/living room “great rooms.” Natural light, Neil Kelly wheatboard cabinetry and Slatescape countertops create a comfortable living area.
Photo By Hunter Breedlove
Built-in cabinetry and a countertop around a washer and dryer can convert a messy laundry room into a functional work area, neat enough to be visible from the kitchen.
Photo By Hunter Breedlove
Installing built-in bookcases and Plyboo bamboo plywood countertop transformed this bedroom into an office.
Photo By Barbara Bourne
Paved with flagstones and surrounded by flowering vines, the area below the deck becomes a shady private patio just outside a bedroom.
Photos By Kelly Lerner
This deck and trellis, constructed of salvaged yellow cypress, extends an eat-in kitchen and serves as a sunny open-air dining room.
Photos By Kelly Lerner
Half-height bookcases, a lowered beam and the change from oak to cork flooring signal the transition from living room to kitchen without blocking views or light.
Half-height bookcases, a lowered beam and the change from oak to cork flooring signal the transition from living room to kitchen without blocking views or light.
Half-height bookcases, a lowered beam and the change from oak to cork flooring signal the transition from living room to kitchen without blocking views or light.
Illustration By Gayle Ford

















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