How to Make a Small Home Feel Bigger

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make small home feel biggerBy Adam Verwymeren

Big city life comes with certain advantages, but the big money required for a spacious home isn't one of them. If you're a cramped city dweller who always seems to be running out of room, here are some innovative solutions to make your place seem more spacious.

Hunting for Extra Storage Space

You probably have more storage room than you think. Wasted space abounds in even the most cramped homes, and the key is to start using this space better. One clever company came up with the idea of transforming a staircase into a set of drawers, allowing something functional in the home to do double duty as a storage space.

By using vacuum compression bags, you can significantly shrink fluffy items like extra pillows, towels and clothes, and then stash them below a bed or sofa, taking advantage of low-lying space that often goes unused.

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Location: Peapack-Gladstone, N.J.
Square feet: 50,000
Price: $4.9 million

Considering how much space you get with this opulent Louis XVIII-style chateau, we'd call this a steal! With rich stone and wood detailing, this gigantic mansion, which was built from 1898 to 1903, "awaits further renovation."

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The grand hallways and staircases harken back to the over-the-top styles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Warm wooden walls accented by a stoic stone fireplace mantel creates the perfect contrast in this stately residence.

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An understated pool that stretches seemingly for miles is the center of this home's serenity.

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Location: Beverly Hills, Calif.
Square feet: 48,000
Price: $58 million

You might as well be living in a museum with that gorgeous pool and those fountains surrounding it! This home, which has a $58 million price tag that will put a serious dent in your wallet, is a true modern masterpiece.

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The expansive and open gallery hallways are sleek and modern with wooden paneling.

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The indoor pool is like a work of art, with its elaborate mosaic tiling.

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You may be watching the silver screen in the home's awesome movie theater, but you'll be bathed in gold, from the ceiling to the walls.

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Location: Coconut Grove, Fla.
Square feet: 45,000
Price: $4.3 million

This gracious manor is a Southwestern-style gem in the Sunshine State. Enjoy rich, open interiors and expansive outdoor galleries in this amazing home.

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You'll get long, large rooms with wood-beamed ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows for plenty of natural light in this home.

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Live like a statesman in this classically kingly bedroom.

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These cool columns give the home a stylistic "twist."

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Location: Lake Tahoe, Nev.
Square feet: 38,000
Price: $75 million

The listing describes this juggernaut of a house as "Lake Tahoe's most prestigious property, with few rivals in the world." It's a magically secluded home consisting of eight buildings, including a main residence, art studio/conservatory and a gymnasium with basketball court.

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Just look at this living space! Gorgeous wood-beamed ceilings, intricate paneling, huge wood-framed windows -- what more do you need?!

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"Titanic" staircase, anyone?

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Now this home's wine cellar is for the best of connoisseurs. It has a beautiful stone ceiling, and luscious wood paneling envelopes the storage units.

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Location: Orono, Minn.
Square feet: 32,461
Price: $24 million

This magnificent mansion sits on 13 acres and commands 360-degree water views atop Bracketts Point, the most desirable location along Lake Minnetonka. Need a little action along with this serene escape? Downtown Minneapolis isn't far.

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Exquisite flooring glows throughout the home, and glamorous archways line the hallways and rooms.

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Can't you imagine yourself in this room throwing smoky, 1920s-style flapper parties with a musician playing the blues on the piano?

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A sunken Jacuzzi surrounded by beautiful murals just off one of the hallways? We'll dive right in!

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Location: Atlanta
Square feet: 30,000
Price: $9 million

A real Georgian peach, this home has 18-foot iron front doors, a gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, cigar room and a terrace-level bar modeled after the Ritz-Carlton.

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Feel like Scarlett O'Hara from "Gone With the Wind" descending down one side or the other of this exquisite double staircase. With this home, you'll never go hungry for prime real estate again!

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The detail work in this gourmet kitchen is astonishing, with a unique ceiling inset for two gorgeous chandeliers.

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The home even has its own putting green!

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Location: Newport, R.I.
Square feet: 27,000
Price: $4 million

This massive home is known as the Belcourt Castle and was one of the many ostentatious homes of the Belmont and Vanderbilt families. Just wait until you see how lavish the interiors are...

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The home's grand banquet hall is something out of a Gothic cathedral.

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You'll be sleeping in nothing less than the lap of luxury in the home's enormous master suite.

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The mansion is currently both a museum and home. Hope you like visitors!

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Location: Nahua, N.H.
Square feet: 26,528
Price: $2.3 million

This home is "a rare example of Beaux Arts Classical design," according to the listing. An addition was built onto the home in 1947, which became Mt. St. Mary's, a mixed-use space with classrooms and living quarters.

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With this expansive ballroom, it's easy to imagine this home as a hub for entertainment.

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The home boasts much of its original detailing, such as this beautiful wooden banister.

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The home is awash in beautiful cherry wood.

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Location: Greenwich, Conn.
Square feet: 26,415
Price: $23 million

In the hoity-toity playground of the rich and even more rich, this estate has two gated entrances that lead to more than 8.7 acres of lush greenery. Not satisfied with this home's measly 26,000 square feet? There's an approved building site on the land where you can add on to the home until your heart's content.

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Imagine the immaculate white walls of this pristine home as a blank canvas, ready for you to create your own art of living.

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From bright white to dark, soothing wood.

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The kitchen is a chef's dream -- but we love it's style, mixing copper tones with clean, white walls.

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Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Square feet: 25,000
Price: $12.95 million

It's no mirage: This desert manse is truly an oasis in the sand. You'll get jaw-dropping views of mountains and canyons from this home with eclectic wood and stone styles.

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This expansive living room is an entertainer's mecca.

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Another are of the house has a completely different style, with neutral colors and a classy staircase with glass railing.

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Bonus: The home has an outdoor fire pit for fun under the stars!

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Once you've exhausted all your storage space down below, it's time to look up. With a few plastic crates and a simple frame system, you can create a DIY overhead storage space, a perfect solution for the perpetually cluttered garage.

A Modern Murphy Bed

Murphy beds went out of style around the same time as doing the Charleston, which is too bad, because a fold-up bed that tucks away into the wall is a great way save some room. Modern Murphy bed makers are trying to bring back these old fashioned space savers with stylish new designs. While it might be too much of a hassle for some people to fold up their bed every morning, a Murphy bed is a great way to use your home office or living room as a guest room.

Cutting Kitchen Clutter

By using more of your vertical space you can make your kitchen seem more spacious. A hanging pot-and-pan rack allows you to move bulky cookware out of your cupboards, while keeping it conveniently at the ready for when you need it. Similarly, a magnetic knife strip can free up a little bit of drawer space by putting your walls to work for you.

Movable kitchen islands and folding tables are also great ways to expand counter space when needed, and then can be stowed away neatly when you're finished.

While Entertaining

Maybe you have enough space for yourself, but when guests show up things start to feel cramped. With a set of nested end tables, like CB2's Lucent tables, your party guests will always have a place to rest their drinks. When the party is over, the tables stack together after the guests all go home.

If you're always running out of space during dinner parties, consider a convertible coffee table. When it's time to eat, these transforming tables shed their low-slung profile, popping up to become a full-size dinner table.

The Not-So-Great Outdoors

If you've always longed for a verdant growing garden, but are stuck with a small patch of concrete, worry not; there are ways to get greenery growing in just about any space.

The Woolly Pocket is an innovative gardening solution that allows you to hang a garden off a fence or even the side of a wall. The Pocket's synthetic fiber felt wicks water down to the roots, and is waterproof enough that you can hang one indoors if you want.

Another option is a set of stacking planters. These multi-tiered flower boxes allow you to build a towering garden. Each layer is offset, allowing plants to poke through while giving the roots plants of space to grow down below.

This story was originally published on FoxNews.com.

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