Two tips for those who are building small houses
There are many reasons why people choose to build-small houses. Sometimes, they do this because the plot they have purchased is very compact; other times, this decision is the result of limited finances or a desire for a low-maintenance home that takes very little time to clean and tidy. If you'll be constructing a small home soon, here are some tips that you might find useful.
Ask your contractor to construct built in wardrobes
If your new home will be fairly small, then it is essential to think carefully about how you will store your belongings. If you don't, these items and the storage containers you stow them in may end up taking up a lot of the limited free space in your new house.
For example, if you and your family own a lot of clothing, then it might be a good idea to ask your contractor to construct built in wardrobes.
The reason for this is as follows; freestanding wardrobes tend to be very large. If you decide to buy a double or triple-door freestanding wardrobe for your bedroom in your new house, it will protrude outwards from whichever wall it is placed against, and in doing so, will take up a lot of floor space.
When the rest of your furniture is then placed inside the room, you may find yourself having to squeeze past the wardrobe in order to walk across the floor. Furthermore, this type of bulky furniture could look very visually intrusive when it is inside your smaller-than-average bedroom and may end up becoming the focal point of the space (regardless of whether or not you want it to be).
Conversely, if your contractor creates a set of built in wardrobes, you can easily store all of your clothing, without your wardrobes using up floor space. Additionally, because the wardrobes will be 'inside' the walls, they won't be as physically imposing as their freestanding counterparts. This, in turn, will make your small bedroom look as streamlined and spacious as possible.
Make the ceilings as high as possible
If you're frustrated by the fact that there isn't enough space on your modestly-sized plot to build a house with wide, spacious rooms, don't worry; you can still achieve that airy, spacious look by asking your contractor to make the ceilings in each room of the house as tall as possible. This will make the areas of the building that are narrow and short on floor space feel a lot roomier than they actually are.
Furthermore, it will also allow you to create storage space in these compact parts of your new home, as you will be able to build floor-to-ceiling vertical shelving, which will not impose upon the floor space but will still give you plenty of places to stow your books, trinkets and other belongings.