Chances are, when you build your first home you’re not drowning in dollar dollar bills ya’ll.


A first home is a step on the ladder to property prosperity heaven (too dramatic?). The seasoned real estate professionals, developers and banks say, “live within your means”. Now that’s great and all but a first home owner’s “means” are a lot smaller.

So if you’re thinking of building and you resonate with the idea of creating a palace on a postage stamp – then this is the blog for you!

 Here are some simple ways to help make more space immediately:


  1. Open up the entryway:
  • Placing a side and narrow bench to the where car keys, books or a large living plant can sit creates the idea of space and makes you feel super fancy.
  • Don’t have space for a bench? Go for wall mounted hooks, open shelving and a classic hat/coat stand. (You may not even wear hats, but no one has to know that.)
  • Pro-tip: Place a large mirror on the wall to reflect the rest of your home to really maximise the space in your entryway and give the illusion it’s bigger than it really is.

Entry home


  1. Make your kitchen easy to cook in:
  • Love a celebratory home owner beverage or two (or seven)? Add a liquor cabinet or wine rack to the end of your island bench.
  • Free up storage space in your cupboards by mounting pots and pans overhead or to the underside of overhead cupboards.
  • Organise your pantry with pretty containers. You don’t have to go as far as Khloe Kardashian, but wouldn’t it be nice!
  • Pro-tip: White, white, white! Light reflects and bounces off white, making the room appear larger than what it is, and also makes it look modern and crispy freshhh.

Kitchen Design


  1. Bathroom - essentials only:
  • Re-purpose a shower organiser to hold makeup, combs, brushes and jewellery.
  • Mount hair dryer to wall when not in use.
  • Pro-tip: Hang a large mirror and use patterned tiles in small spaces such as shower recess. We like mirrors.



  1. Open up the open living room:
  • Use clever multi-purpose furniture that also acts as storage, think ottomans, coffee tables with drawers.
  • Mount your TV to wall for a less bulky feel to the room.
  • Pro-tip: A built in book shelf that covers a whole wall is not only #pinterestgoals but will also hide all the clutter that this busy communal space tends to accumulate.



  1. Make the most of your bedroom:
  • Alright, it’s time to give your beloved “floordrobe” the flick or the designated, “Imma put my clothes here just for a little bit but actually leave it for a few months “chair.
  • Wall-mount everything. TV, mirrors, the more you remove from the floor space the bigger the room will seem.
  • Store out of season clothing in Spacebags under the bed.
  • Pro-tip: Paint your walls, trim, and detailing in different shades of one colour, such as white, off-white, and beige to expand a room…or…dare we say…add mirrors!

Bedroom design