The idea of the ‘tiny house’ is something that is taking off in many parts of the world. These super-small living spaces are affordable, practical, and ideal for people who are looking to enjoy ‘stuff free’ living. Most people wouldn’t want to live in a ‘tiny house’ but if you live in a property that is relatively compact then you could still benefit from looking at renovation ideas for small homes.
There are a few things that you could do to make the most of the living space available to you. Many renovation ideas for small homes center around the idea of finding as much space as possible for storage. Build ‘up’ rather than out – so maximise the counter space and cupboard space in the kitchen. Use lots of shelving in the living room, and use built-in storage under your bed. Get a shower fitted instead of a bath, and if you really need some extra space convert the loft into a small den so that you have somewhere else quiet to hang out.
Consider removing doors to make parts of the house open plan, and take advantage of any under-stair storage areas as well.
With smaller rooms, you need to get as much natural light in there as possible, otherwise you will end up with rooms that feel dark, small and squalid. If you are doing structural renovation rather than just redecoration, look at making windows bigger, and adding a skylight in the attic.
Invest in glazed doors to let light flow through into the house as much as possible, and open up the lobby rather than having a small poorch – the extra space will make all the difference to how the house feels.
Clutter is a huge problem in small homes. Because you have less space to play with, even small amounts of clutter can quickly make the room feel cramped and unpleasant. So, if you want your home to feel like somewhere that you can come home to with pride and not have to worry about tripping over things or feeling like the walls are closing in on you, take some time to actually throw out all of the junk.
Clutter is stressful, and people tend to accumulate a lot of stuff over the course of day to day life. Try to get into the habit of asking yourself whether you want or need things, and whether you will really use them. Try to get rid of something for every new thing that you buy, and try to only spend money on things that you know will enrich your life.
Living in a small home is a liberating experience, and it’s well worth trying if you’re looking to save some money. Families with children might struggle, but singles and young couples, or empty nesters, can get a lot out of a small space if they get creative. Embrace open plan, and see where that takes your small home renovation project.