5 Clever Home Building Tips To Maximize Space In Small Homes

Small homes are making a comeback. Ignored for years in favor of larger homes, homebuyers are now looking for smaller, simpler housing choices. Part of this is due to land restrictions. As lot sizes decrease, so must home sizes. Part of this is due to a rise in concern for the environment. Smaller houses generally require fewer materials to build, use fewer resources over the life of the home and have a smaller footprint. Part of it is a desire for smaller homes and simpler living. Many empty nesters, young couples, singles and first homebuyers don't need or want large homes.

With the rise in demand for small homes, builders and decorators have come up with many ways to maximize space, ensuring homeowners have a house that meets their needs, no matter its size.

5 Ways To Maximize Space In Small Homes

Some small homes feel much larger than others, even if they cover the same amount of space. Houses that seem larger tend to have a few things in common, all of which make the best use of the square footage available. Some simply trick the eye into thinking an area is larger than it is; others enhance the functionality of the house.

High Ceilings make a room appear larger than it really is. The height draws the eye up, taking attention away from the dimensions of the room. The effect is heightened when combined with light-colored walls.

Open Floor Plans lack the walls that can cause a home to appear smaller and more closed in. Looking out upon a large open space automatically makes an area seem larger than it really is. Furniture use, size and placement can affect the feel too. Large pieces can make the entire area feel like one big room, whereas smaller pieces, situated so as to break up the living areas into different functions, can give the illusion of several rooms in one area.

Multi-Purpose Rooms can serve more than one function and are a smart design tool that many of today's homeowners enjoy no matter what the size of their home. Studies that double as guest bedrooms; living rooms that can house a desk; home theatres with a pullout sofa bed. These are all examples of rooms that serve double duty.

Windows and Mirrors: Windows provide a view to the outside and let in more natural light, both of which can make the room seem larger than it is. Keep window treatments light and simple. Heavy curtains will make the entire room feel heavy, while sheer curtains that blend with the walls will recede but still let light in. Blinds and shades are also good choices that block out light but are neat and streamlined. Position mirrors on walls that are opposite a window to reflect more natural light and extend the view of what is outside.

Built-in Storage Remedies: One good way to maximize space is to add built-in storage to a room. Instead of a dresser in the bedroom, create a custom closet solution that provides shelves, drawers, shoe racks and a rod on which to hang clothes. This has the dual benefit of providing a place for clothing and freeing up space in the bedroom. You can save space in the kitchen by adding a countertop and bar stools as an eating area, eliminating the need for a large dining table and chairs. Pullout drawers and cabinets in the kitchen ensure you can access every bit of the storage spots available to you.

When used alone, these solutions can make a smaller room feel bigger and improve its functionality. When used together, they can make the whole house feel more spacious and open.