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How this family maximises space in their small, stylish Devonport home

After renovating a small unit into a spacious family home, these homeowners know exactly how to make the most out of tight spaces

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Lily Richards, 34 (relationship and marketing lead at Revolution Creative), Mat Iliohan, 37 (martial arts teacher), Osis, 10, and Winter, 7, plus Bunbuns the bunny and Magic the kitten.

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How do you maximise space in your small home?

Lily: Have a few big things rather than lots of little ones – it makes the space feel more substantial.

Avoid clutter; don’t have too many things or too many patterns. Only have what you need. Don’t feel like you must have everything for all occasions.

Play with height – it can be a clever way to find more storage and make a room look and feel more expansive.

Plant edibles; it might not make an outdoor space look bigger but it gives purpose and meaning to a garden, which is a different kind of bigness.

What’s one thing you would change about your home if you could? I’d get a new kitchen that was easier to keep clean.

Spend

$50,000 approximately

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Photography by: Helen Bankers.

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