Today's homes serve many functions. Not just a place to sleep and eat anymore, houses do double duty as gyms, home offices and entertainment centers. And whether you're a young professional in your first small apartment or a retired couple wanting to downsize and live a simpler lifestyle, getting the best use out of premium space is bound to be an issue.
A good resource is a little book called "Spaces for Living: How to Create Multifunctional Rooms for Today's Homes." The authors, Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell, share their design experience and provide some 300 full-color photographs that show stylish solutions for how to use every inch of available space.
Sometimes the way to be happier in your old home is to take a hard, realistic look at some drastic ways to revamp the space. By evaluating 19 real-life cases, the authors present hundreds of ideas for innovative room-planning, clever storage and dual-purpose furniture.