Recently we’ve been admiring the Soot House, a charred-black structure on Spruce Head in Maine, hand-built by sculptor turned builder Anthony Esteves. The interiors are artful and sculptural (take a full tour on
Remodelista), but we’re admiring in particular Esteves’s clever takes on storage. At just under 600 square feet, and designed with tightness and warmth in mind, the project required inventive found storage and artful built-ins to accommodate Esteves and his young family. Here are our four favorite ideas to steal.
Greta Rybus. 1. Use shelves as multitaskers.
Above: In a small space, apartment, or open living area, use shelves to create a sense of separation as well as extra storage. To create division between the main living/dining room and the kitchen (but ensure that heat from the woodstove, the home’s sole heat source, could circulate freely), Esteves built exposed shelves that double as a place to display favorite ceramics and objects. 2. Look for unused spaces.
Above: Carve out storage in unexpected places. In building the Soot House, Esteves noticed unused space in the sunken kitchen, underneath the living/dining room floor, and created a recessed niche just deep enough for jars of spices and dry goods.
Above: The niche is only one jar deep, allowing all of the dried goods to be viewed and grabbed with ease. The family also stashes out-of-season clothes and bedding in hidden storage beneath the floor. 3. Repurpose unexpected objects.
Above: Upstairs, Esteves uses simple cinderblocks as bedside tables. We like the way the open center forms a second shelf for storing books. 4. Think creatively about awkward spaces.
Above: In the bedroom, Esteves installed copper pipes suspended with ropes to serve as clothing storage. The result is a quasi-closet that is both artful and practical, and that transforms an awkward small space (under the room’s steeply sloped eaves) into something useful.
N.B.: This post is an update; it was first published on November 16, 2017.
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