Bigger isn’t always better

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When the pandemic first hit, there was a surge of home buying driven by a desire for bigger properties. Research today reveals that homebuyers are now looking for quality over quantity.

With functionality and sustainability now driving decisions, amateur and professional interior designers are transforming underused spaces before our very eyes.

Here are some examples of how dead space in your home can be put to better use.

As more and more people work from home, they’re discovering that office spaces don’t need to be bedroom sized.

Ever hear of a “cloffice?” Yep, that’s right, closets are being converted into offices with just enough room for a desk, chair and storage space. It’s very DYI friendly and frees up larger spaces for other uses.

Another trend we are seeing is the wine cellar stairwell. Who knew the area underneath your staircase could be repurposed as a storage area for wine and other beverages.

Not a big drinker? Not a problem. We’ve also seen these spaces doubling as mini bedrooms for pets. And larger stair landings are a perfect place to drop a Peloton or magazine rack.

Tech-savvy homeowners are replacing underused electric outlets in high-traffic areas with USB ports, freeing them from having to search for the phone charger.

Installing shelving units in open closets and cabinets and organizers in drawers can dramatically expand the storage capacity of existing spaces.

With interest rates and the cost of materials and labor on the rise, a smaller home with the right features is currently the home buyers dream come true.

To contact me, call 708-583-8300, email or visit the all new & fully redesigned!


About Giuseppe Zerillo

Giuseppe Zerillo is the managing broker and owner of Zerillo Realty Inc. He is active on many boards, serving as village trustee of Harwood Heights and corporate secretary for Casa Italia. In 2011, he received the IANU Foundation's 2011 David Award for outstanding promise in the field of real estate, and in 2012 he was honored by the Illinois State Crime Commission for his community outreach. Constantly seeking opportunities to give back, he donates to several charities and raises money for children with disabilities.

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