Built-in storage instead of crawl space under eaves. Make better use of dead space under sloping ceiling in attic or half -story room. Built-ins are more organized and easier to access than traditional crawl space
Home Projects: Under-Eave Storage Space - Yankee Magazine. This is where I want the tilt-out laundry basket, a small frig, the fire safe, some book shelves for storage baskets, and/or an electric fireplace for winter warmth.
For the basement stairs: cabinets, stairs with flip up steps and very narrow stairs. Each step goes up one at a time for each foot. It is sort of spaced so you are putting one foot per step with a steeper step. Very space-saving.