• Use built-ins to minimize the need for excess furniture.
• Work with an architect to take advantage of potentially wasted space and create storage for electronics, laundry, toys, and clothing.
• Choose an open floor plan for easy traffic flow.
• Splurge on windows. Rooms seem larger when natural light streams in from all sides.
• Go for neutral tones and coordinating colors to give the illusion of more space.
• Ensure privacy despite close quarters. In the shared bath, a door closes off the toilet, while a large, troughlike sink with two fixtures offers space enough for everyone.
• Fill in nooks and crannies. A home office and a closet make use of low eaves in the master bedroom.
• Expand living areas to the outdoors with porches, patios, and plenty of seating areas.