Making smaller spaces work double duty

Photo by Metro ServiceA trundle sofa bed enables overnight guests to sleep comfortably right in the living room or den. ■ Chronicle News Service Many homes do not have space for guest rooms, kids’ play areas and home theater lounges that are possible in homes with substantial square footage. But they may not be missing out at all. While large homes remain popular, many people are embracing the benefits of smaller residences. Small homes help homeowners save money, require less maintenance, have smaller environmental impact, and reduce the temptation to accumulate “stuff.” Owners of small homes or apartments can still enjoy the benefits of larger spaces; they just need to equip

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