The Sleeping Porch
Sleeping porches became popular in the 20th century, when they were advocated by health professionals who believed that the fresh air they provided bolstered immune systems. Whether that's true or not, there is a lot of appeal to a sleeping porch. Falling asleep to the croak of frogs and chirps of crickets, cool breezes floating over you, waking with the birds and the sunshine...what's not to love! All you need is a bed and a screened in porch and you're golden.
If your laundry room is on the main floor or basement of a two story house, you may want to revive this extremely efficient mode of dirty laundry transport. The added bonus is that kids love to use them so they are always willing to pick up their dirty clothes!
Under Eaves Hideaways
I will never forget the day when I was 8 and we first walked through our then 65-year old house and I spotted the little door just off the upstairs landing. It was the perfect spot for a little kid to have a playroom. Builders today try to maximize storage space which is good, but save a little spot for the kids to have their own private getaway. Childhood only lasts a few seconds. You can always add that storage later...or save the spot for your grandkids.