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Ty Pennington Maximizing Space for Family of Six


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When a couple buys their “starter house”, they usually do not do so with the vision of four children living there. In a recent episode of HGTV’s new show “Ty Breaker,” home renovator Ty Pennington proved that not only can it be, but it can be an even better option than moving.

We subsequently meet Katie and BJ, who have had four children since they moved to their first home 15 years ago. They have problems with a laundry room in the garage, bathroom, and other problems with their three bedroom home. Pennington’s tips are important for any household looking to maximize their space – especially in a small home that you don’t want to leave.

Add a workstation to the bedroom

In order to keep the master bedroom primarily as a bedroom (and not feel like an office has been taken over), Pennington and his design team created fixtures with a long and narrow work area as a desk that doubles as a statement and storage space .

The couple love to travel, so vintage suitcases lined the internals and served as secret storage for things like children’s artwork, old letters, and other items that would otherwise take up box space in a closet. The home office in the bedroom had the same dark green color scheme used throughout the room so it was seamless.

See for natural light

When Pennington added a bathroom in the center of the house, he achieved one of the family’s goals of having more toilets. However, this created a new dilemma – how to bring natural light into a room in the middle of the house. His design team stated that skylights “have come a long way in the past 10 years” and are easy to install (by professionals).

Make the washroom functional (and design oriented)

A couple of laundry arguments between Katie and BJ arose over who went into the cool garage to switch loads. To remedy this, Pennington recommended making the washroom more comfortable and inviting. The new laundry room was carved out of a narrow space in the house and had just enough space in width to open the doors of the stackable washing machine and dryer and to serve as a functional and aesthetically pleasing room. Most importantly, it was inside.



Robert Dunfee