8 Common Shipping Container Conversions

photo credit One of the more exciting applications of green architecture and design in recent decades has been the re-purposing of those ubiquitous shipping containers that arrive in mass quantities at every port in the world. Abandoned containers have long been occupied by squatters around … [Read more...]

9 Benefits of Downsizing Your Life

When we consider the benefits of downsizing, we need to go far beyond the idea that “downsizing” refers primarily to moving into smaller living quarters. Downsizing should include leading a more simple life in all facets, from scheduling to eating to acquiring. Once we focus on the totality of … [Read more...]

7 Ways To Live a More Minimalistic Lifestyle

Once you have made the decision to live a more minimalistic lifestyle, you may be wondering how you can practically live out your new commitment? For the purposes of this article, minimalism will be defined as “removing clutter of all types from your life.” The primary focus is to get rid of what … [Read more...]

8 Tips & Tricks for Maximizing Space in a Small Bathroom

Comfortable, easy-to-use bathrooms offer sufficient storage space, but in a small bathroom, space is often at a premium. However with a little maneuvering and planning, you can squeeze out much-needed room. Here’s how: 1. Capitalize on shelving Shelving is your best friend in a small bathroom, … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Squeeze an Office Into Your Small Living Space

In need of a home office, but short on space? With a little creativity, it’s possible to carve out a quiet location to take care of business even when it seems like every square inch of your home is in use. Try these tactics for creating a workspace in your small home: 1. Clean Out Your … [Read more...]

10 Storage Solutions for Your Small Space

INSIDE To start, go through each room in your house and look for hollow items and spaces. Do you see potential for storage inside anything? Here are a few examples: 1. Interior Wall Storage The space between studs is often a perfect spot to add thin, built-in cabinets like a medicine … [Read more...]

6 Feng Shui Tips For Small Living Spaces

Is it difficult to relax in your small home or apartment? Are you having a hard time getting to sleep? How about your energy levels, do you feel drained while inside your small living space? If you answered yes to any of these questions, your living space might be out of sync. When this happens, … [Read more...]

Tiny House Basics: How to Join the Small House Movement

Improving the lives of people who choose to live in less space is one of the primary goals of Compact Appliance. The tiny house movement epitomizes why our company exists. This growing core of society elects to enjoy a simpler life. Many participants actively rebuff the grandiose lifestyles beamed … [Read more...]

4 Popular Types of Fireplaces for Small Living Spaces

It’s rare that you find a fireplace in an apartment, condo or similar living space. And even if you do, it’s usually located on the top floor for venting purposes, which may be ideal for some but is certainly not the case for all. Those that wish to have the warmth and ambiance that only a fire can … [Read more...]

Freezer Ice Makers vs. Portable Ice Makers

There is always a great need for ice, but many people only become keenly aware of this fact when there is no ice available. Ice serves as the backbone for every great drink, and no party, barbeque, or venture out onto the water is complete without the presence of ice. When most people think of … [Read more...]

10 Tips For Choosing Paint Colors for Small Living Spaces

As many of you know, living in a small space can make everything in your home seem a bit crowded. The good news is there are several ways to make your small space appear larger than it actually is. In fact, selecting the right furniture for your small space will do wonders for making it appear … [Read more...]

8 Places That Would Benefit From a Countertop Dishwasher

A countertop dishwasher is a portable unit that is meant to be kept on the counter for everyday use. They pack just as much cleaning power as their full-size counterparts, yet use far less water and detergent. Some may ask why people would even think about using a portable unit when full-sized … [Read more...]

BUYER’S GUIDE: Tankless Water Heaters

What is a Tankless Water Heater? Tankless Water Heaters, often referred to as Instantaneous or Demand Water Heaters, provide hot water only as it is needed. Traditional storage water heaters produce standby energy losses that cost you money. We do not leave our homes heated while vacationing. We … [Read more...]

How to Utilize Space in a Small Kitchen

Do you live in a place with a small kitchen? You may have recently moved to a new home or apartment with a smaller kitchen, or perhaps you are considering such a move. Either way, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. It's your playground. It's the heart of your home. It … [Read more...]

4 Benefits of Baseboard Heaters

For many homeowners, keeping themselves and their family warm during the cold winter months is a priority. Relying on a central heating system will work when it comes to works at keeping your home warm, but it can also be expensive and very inefficient. We've previously discussed the benefits of … [Read more...]

3 Common Uses for Combo Kitchens

A combo kitchen is single, standalone unit that serves all your basic kitchen needs. A typical combo kitchen consists of a sink, mini refrigerator and stovetop range. Sometimes referred to as compact kitchens, combination kitchens, kitchenettes or all-in-ones, combo kitchens are available in a … [Read more...]

4 Simple Space-Saving Tips for Organizing a Cluttered Closet

image credit It is a tale as old as time — the older you get, the more clothes you buy, and the harder it is to part with beloved fabrics and well-worn shoes. Eventually, these nostalgic lifestyle habits come back to haunt you when you run out of room in your closet. Without taking proper actions, … [Read more...]

5 Back-to-School Appliances You’ll Need For Your Dorm

It's that time of year again. The pools are starting to close down. The neighbors are all getting back from their family vacations. The sun doesn't seem to be as intense as it was a few weeks back. Unfortunately, this all means one thing — summer is coming to an end... and a new school year is … [Read more...]