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Efficient planning in a small home can optimize your living space and make it feel bigger. You can learn a lot from the arsenal of tricks that architects employ to create the perception of space. For example, reducing the number of hallways and creating an open plan makes the house more breathable. Using built-ins will reduce furniture clutter. Lighting, windows and varied ceiling height can work to dramatic affect as well. Living lofts are a great way of creating a private but airy room and adding a modern casualness to your home. And it's a great place for a houseful of young skiers to flop down after an exhausting day on the slopes.