Small Houses - The New Craze
Is it the economy? Is it the concern over the earth and our ecosystem? In case you haven't heard, there is a movement ... some would say a craze, but small is in when it comes to home designs and new home building.
Are you thinking of building a small home? Let's talk about it.
Question: What are the advantages of a small home design?
As I said, a lot of people are looking at smaller and smaller homes. And this isn't just for second homes or vacation homes. The trend now is to care for the environment and building smaller homes, even if they are quality and luxurious homes, makes a lot of sense.
It is commonly believed that homes and buildings represent the biggest consumption of energy in the world today.
Small House Advantages
Why is a small house design something for you to consider? Let's take a look at some of the advantages of using a small home design to build your home:
Small houses use less energy to operate
They take less energy and effort to build
Small homes need fewer building materials to build
They are less expensive to build
Small home designs require a smaller footprint on the earth
They are easier and cheaper to clean and maintain
Less energy means more savings each month for the homeowner. Fewer building materials means less pollution during manufacturing. A smaller footprint means more earth is left untouched and green.
Smaller Homes Require Better Design
So, if you don't need the space, and especially if your house is designed to maximize the use of every square inch, a small home can be ideal. Just be sure not to shortchange yourself out of space you truly need.
Use experienced and creative professional designers like architects and residential designers to get the most of your small house design. Your home should be comfortable and convenient or you will resent what is missing and it won't serve you well at all. Don't build small for small's sake alone.
A lot of people are concerned about storage. Where to keep those items that don’t get used more than once or twice a year, like Christmas decorations and winter clothes and camping gear and lawn maintenance items and the like. The most standard answer is – there’s storage spaces for that. Some of these small spaces have crawl/storage places under the living space. Couches open to reveal space beneath the cushions, closets take up an entire wall allowing opportunities for storage and then there are the rental storage facilities. But you don’t want to pay a lot for your storage so most small house livers opt to build a small storage shed matching their small house. Some even have garages attached to their small houses to accommodate a car, bicycles or storage.
An entire industry has sprung up around these small houses. From designers, builders, salespeople, television reality shows and of course, accessories. Small spaces need small furniture and storage items. Some of the big box stores cater to the small house resident with smaller sized furniture and storage solutions.
Whatever the reason for choosing to live small, wherever you choose to put your small home and with whatever you choose to outfit your space, you have become the newest addition to the trend in smallness. We can expect to see this trend expand and grow as time goes on. We may even see a small house community on the outskirts of the big cities. The next sub suburb.
Small home Sales continues to rise as more and more people start giving serious consideration to actually buying and living this method.
The Good news is that as demand rises so will the number of companies that will start making Small Houses and this can only help the consumer both Price wise and in terms of innovations.