Design Advice: Short on Space? Find More Under the Stairs

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In today's era of Small Space Living it isn't hard to imagine what it would be like to have just a little extra room, a few more square feet of breathing room.  Those of you who live anywhere inside of New York City know just what I'm talking about.  Just trying to find a place for that extra pair of shoes you picked up during the Nordstrom's Half Yearly Sale can be a task in and of itself! Most of us who live in these tiny dwellings would probably allocate that extra space to storage - more room for the Costco run, a place to put the Christmas tree, another rack for shoes.  But what if, for just a moment, we put storage concerns aside and thought of our luxury needs?  You know, those dream rooms that you just can't seem to find a place to locate yet you just know that you need.

And that is precisely why we're here today.  See, for those who live in any residence with more than one story, we have a solution... underneath the staircase. It may be small but with a little creativity, a little elbow grease, and this post as your guide, you too can have a Library, a Wine Cellar, or an Executive Office in your small space.

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The Library

Canyon Oak Residence by JWT Associates | Photo by Lee Manning Photography, courtesy Jeff Troyer

Chelsea Town House by Phillip Banks Design & Build Limited | Photo by Adrian Lyon, courtesy Phillip Banks

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The Children's Wing

Entrance to the playroom at the Danalda Residence by Von Fitz Design | Photo courtesy Von Fitz Design

Inside the playroom at the Danalda Residence by Von Fitz Design | Photo courtesy Von Fitz Design

Dulwich Hill Residence by CplusC Architectural Workshop | Photo courtesy CplusC Architectural Workshop

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The Wine Cellar

W House Wine Storage by Rightwise | Photo by Dreier Photography, courtesy Rightwise

Surrey Redwood Wine Cellar by Carlo Garn Premium Wine Storage | Photo courtesy Carlo Garn

Wine cellar at 55 Mill Lane, East Hampton | Photo courtesy Corcoran Real Estate

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The Executive Office

Palma Plaza home office by Austin Architect | Photo courtesy Austin Architect

Annie Street House  by Tom Hurt, AIA and Minguell-McQuary Architecture & Design | Photo by Jeff Butler & James Bruce, courtesy Tom Hurt

Vacation Rental W1 by Ute Gunther Innenarchittektur & Design | Photo by Burmester Photography, courtesy Ute Gunther

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The Bathroom

Entrance to Seaside Avenue Residence powder room by Curtis & Windham Architects | Photo courtesy Curtis & Windham Architects

Inside the Seaside Avenue Residence powder room by Curtis & Windham Architects | Photo courtesy Curtis & Windham Architects

South Crown Street by Brown & Brown Architects | Photo by Nigel Rigden, courtesy Brown & Brown Architects

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The Pet's Room

Understair pet bed by designer Chip Wades | Photo by Jessica McGowan, courtesy HGTV

A pet bed in one of the Stylecraft Homes models | Photo courtesy Stylecraft Homes

 

Featured Photo: Maximum storage finds its place under the stairs in this Manhattan Micro Loft by Specht Harpman Architects. Courtesy Dezeen.

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 Brandon Smith, LEED AP is the interior designer turned Founder and Principal Editor of DCoopMedia, a design & luxury lifestyle digital media development firm. With a focus on redefining how the individual defines luxury, Brandon develops content for the firms’ quarterly journal and blog, theTwentySIX,  and moderates the weekly chat on Twitter #DesignLUX (Thursdays at 1pmPT/4pmET).  A lover of details and addicted to Diet Coke, he can often be found on Twitter @dcoopsd or via the blog D’Scoop.

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Corinne Gail Interior Design did not receive compensation for this post. All images copyright Corinne Gail Interior Design unless otherwise noted and may not be used without permission.