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▲ Lighting: Proper lighting is crucial for preserving your eyesight and maximizing your energy and efforts. Your workspace should combine ambient and task lighting to provide enough illumination that you avoid eyestrain at any time of day. Ambient lighting produced from chandeliers, ceiling- or wall-mounted fixtures or recessed cans provides overall illumination that radiates a comfortable level of brightness. Task lighting from properly placed recessed cans or under-cabinet light strips should be direct and bright, but don’t overdo it—beware of distracting glare and shadows. Task lighting is also an opportunity to bring your own style to a space by adding decorative pendants, track lighting and floor or desk lamps.

Atlanta native and Johns Creek resident Chip Wade, host of HGTV’s Emmy award-winning “Elbow Room,” is an expert on interior and exterior home renovation. He works with homeowners and DIYers to create stylish living spaces that suit their functional needs. As the owner and lead designer of Wade Works, LLC, he is devoted to helping people make educated home-improvement and home-buying choices. Photos courtesy of Wade Works Creative.

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f you’ve ever watched HGTV’s “Tiny House Hunters” or “Tiny House, Big Living,” you’ve probably asked yourself: Could I actually live a tiny lifestyle? What’s this tiny house movement all about anyway?

According to Gary Hollingsworth of Clayton Tiny Homes, tiny houses represent a “less is more” approach to living. “Tiny homes are more about an attitude and a way of life than about space,” he says. “It’s about quality, not quantity.” That’s obviously true, as tiny homes typically offer a total of 100 to 400 square feet of living space. Regardless of the square footage, though, the concept remains the same. “I think people are looking for a simpler way to live. Life is chaotic enough, and all the excesses and gadgets haven’t seemed to make things better—just more complicated,” notes architect Jeffrey Dungan, who has partnered with Clayton Homes for its tiny house collection. “The appeal is related to freedom and our desire for autonomy.” While you may not be ready to downsize in an extreme way, you can still find inspiration in tiny houses. Consider these design and space-saving tips to see if you could change how you live in a big way.

pare it down “If you own a large space, then that space and your stuff will own you,” explains Will Johnston of Tiny House Atlanta, a nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals, groups and cities embrace the tiny house movement’s positive effects on neighborhoods. “In a tiny house, you’re not just shrinking your space—you’re shrinking your possessions.”

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go vertical “You must maximize vertical space as well as floor space,” Hollingsworth notes. In today’s tiny houses, every inch—from the floorboards to the ceiling—is used in some way. In addition to hanging as much as possible on the walls and placing shelves and cabinets high up, the ceiling actually lends itself to exceptional storage options. For example, Dungan likes to transform vaulted areas into usable space, building bunks and additional sleeping spaces into them for what he calls “people storage.” Resende also touts using the ceiling area for storage by installing an attic with a ladder door and filling up the space within it. “It’s a great way to store towels or bed sheets,” she points out.

Low Country tiny home from the Jeffrey Dungan Collection, built by Clayton Homes This charming tiny house calls to mind a cozy mountain cabin. • 396 square ft. total • Queen-sized bed, loft sleeping area and bunk beds accommodate 8 • 3 walls of windows in living space offer 270-degree view • 30” refrigerator, gas stove, dishwasher and full-height pantry • French doors open to covered porch Photos courtesy of Clayton Homes.

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Traveler Tiny Home by Escape (left) The use of a picture window as a wall for the kitchen enhances the sense of spaciousness. This model was displayed recently at the Decatur Tiny House Festival, produced by Tiny House Atlanta. • House is 29 ft. long x 8.5 ft. wide; 269 square ft. total • Sleeps up to 6 people with a daybed and loft in addition to master bedroom • Full-size appliances and full bath

Tiny Home by Hummingbird Tiny Housing (bottom) This tiny home, custom built by Danville, GA-based Hummingbird, offers smart storage solutions, like the space beneath the staircase that is used to house a refrigerator and general storage. • 230 square ft. of living space • Custom options, like ceiling fans, flat-screen TVs and fireplaces, are available Photos courtesy of J & D Images, photography by David Fisher.

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The Neolith Tiny Home, designed by Jeffrey Bruce Baker, showcases innovative products from Neolith as well as other local companies. Tours are available in November. Call 470-455-4756 for info and tickets.

Eco Cottages at East Point is the first tiny-home community in metro Atlanta. Coming in early 2017 to downtown East Point, the community sits on seven acres of land with more than 40 tiny homes (ranging from 250 to 700 square ft.), ample green space and a community garden. EPEcoCottages.com

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In the 1970s, the average amount of space allotted for four people was 1,100 square feet.

of space available to you. “It’s rewarding to live well, and successfully living well in a smaller environment makes people feel smart,” says Baker. “It’s a home, not just a shelter. This is a new type of hipster-like movement, but with purpose and finesse.”

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people only interact with approximately 250 square feet of space in their home regularly. Put markers

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You bought a tiny home. Now what? Not every community welcomes tiny homes, so it’s important to do your homework on where to park. Nonprofits Tiny House Atlanta or The American Tiny House Association are great resources.

Lamon Luther tiny home by Shelter Supply Co. Known for their unique custom furniture, Lamon Luther thinks outside the box in this tiny home. The home was built in order to raise funds for their foundation, HOPE for Craftsmen, which provides support for craftsmen with employment obstacles. • 350 square ft. total • Exterior is built from upcycled wood; interior is built from recycled wood • Downstairs bedroom with queen-sized mattress • Guest sleeping loft with queensized mattress • Wall-mounted ductless air conditioner over front door Photos courtesy of J & D Images, photography by David Fisher.

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Three-dimensional decorative concrete wall tiles, like this from DEX Industries, allow you to create unusual textures on just about any surface, inside or out.

You want a material that’s as beautiful as it is functional. A material that gives you a variety of options and allows you to customize it to your liking. A material that will stand the test of time and let you enjoy it without an excessive amount of maintenance. Believe it or not, if these are your wishes, then concrete just might be your answer. “Concrete can be used in most any hardsurface application in a home. It is a very malleable material that can be used to create any shape in any color,” says Craig Smith of DEX Industries. “It’s a fantastic material, and it works well in modern, transitional and traditional environments.” Although concrete is usually associated with standard gray driveways, it has become a popular alternative in today’s homes, replacing such coveted building materials as granite, marble and even hardwood. It’s showing up in nearly every room of the house in ways you wouldn’t expect.

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This concrete countertop’s smooth surface reflects light to create an elegant finish that seems to glow.

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What’s the Cost? Middle- to upper-end cost range (in comparison to granite or marble). Figure $60 per square foot for simple

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with other materials.” Concrete

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In the Basement and Garage There’s no getting around the fact

In the Living Areas

Turning Stone Design. For design elements like outdoor furniture, the heavy nature of concrete can be a huge plus, as the pieces will not blow away in windy conditions or be ruined by inclement weather. For indoor furniture and elements like wall tiles and fireplace hearths, though, the density can be formidable. Fortunately, according to ConcreteNetwork.com, fabricators can turn to lightweight concrete mixes. Additionally, they can use a thinner layer of concrete by reinforcing it with fiber, which ensures that the material doesn’t lose any strength or durability.

that concrete is an exceptional

“Concrete can be molded like

flooring material. Fortunately,

handmade pottery,” Ziebarth explains.

those drab gray floors in the

This versatility makes it an excellent

garage or the basement are a

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Design Tip: John Ziebarth: Unlike materials akin to quartz and Corian, concrete is more like an earthy material—such as wood. Its look will change in different light or times of day.

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Concrete may be making its way into home interiors these days, but there’s no reason not to use it outside. In fact, concrete is ideal for outdoor applications. Consider these options:

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Outdoor kitchen: Concrete countertops in an outdoor kitchen

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The decorative pendant fixtures over this kitchen island bring the ceiling lower visually and provide task lighting to the countertop. The under-cabinet lighting system provides focused lighting on the counter surfaces and accent lighting for the backsplashes. For glass-fronted cabinets, you can use LED light strips, which should be located at the front face of the shelving, to illuminate decorative objects and to avoid glare. Photo courtesy of Studio A2 LLC, photography by Brian Gassel Photography.

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Outdoor Grills—Fuel the Fire Nothing calls to mind a relaxing day outdoors more than food cooked on the backyard BBQ grill. Whether you’ve got a good, old-fashioned hot-dogs-and-hamburgers family meal in mind or you’re tapping into your inner foodie daredevil, the outdoor grill is a natural place to start. According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, “Americans say easy clean up is one of the most pleasurable parts of grilling food outdoors. In a recent survey, we found that 70 percent of respondents find a lot of pleasure in having no pots and pans to clean up when grilling as opposed to indoor cooking.” Sound good?

It’s Not Called Grilled Cheese for Nothing First, ask yourself about your audience. Grills are measured in square inches of cooking surface, so knowing who you’re cooking for (just you and the kids or large groups of tailgaters, for instance) will help you judge how big your grill surface should be.

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• Eco-friendly: energy efficient and clean burning • Pellets infuse food with flavor from the smoke • Great temperature versatility and even distribution

• Safest for use on a balcony, small patio or outdoor space that is covered by a roof • Easy to transport due its small size

• Two types of fuel deliver more foodflavoring options— use gas option when grilling in extreme outdoor temperatures and fast startup is desired; switch to charcoal grilling for flavor

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• Burners are the most-replaced part of grills— look for a 10-year warranty • Monitor gas levels in cylinders so you don’t run out

• Longest heat time of any grill type • Briquettes can be infused with unhealthy binders or fillers • Lighting fluid can be dangerous to use

• Relatively expensive

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• When tray that holds charcoal briquettes is inserted, takes up room in the firebox and reduces grilling space • Doesn’t get as hot as gas grills

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buyingguide: outdoor grills Next, what type of food are you likely to serve? If you’re looking to impress with more than steaks, chicken or burgers, you can find recipes for everything from grilled bananas served over ice cream to charred avocado on grilled cheese sandwiches. There are grill accessories to fit every culinary category, including pizza stones, fish/broiling baskets, rotisseries, griddles and even woks to help you break out of your BBQ rut.

Take It For a Test Drive When you’re in the store looking at various grills, give each one a shake. Literally. Grills that have been seamlessly molded are naturally more stable, and thus safer, than grills that have pieces and parts that have been bolted together. Take a look under the hood and, while you’re at it, check out the distance between the handle on the grill’s lid and the heat source. Make sure it’s not so close that you risk burning a digit when you go to lift the lid. Flimsy construction and materials other than cast iron or stainless steel typically

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Attach boards to top and bottom of crates using brad nails. Pre-drill 1/8” holes evenly spaced into the top inside face

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Attach casters to the corners of the bottom side of the base.

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