As we start the New Year, the trend of tiny homes and small square footage builds continue to be on the rise, especially in urban areas. Potential homeowners are beginning to realize that they are able to get more bang for their buck by compromising on square footage and instead choosing more efficient and quality designs. This is changing how new construction homes are being designed and also renovation projects in condos in Memphis and throughout the United States. This trend is popular among millennials entering the real estate market for the first time and with seniors who are looking for reduced upkeep in their Golden Years. Here are some of the great designs being implemented into smaller homes!
When working with smaller homes, it is important to create sightlines in the home so the “areas” seem larger. Many opt for no walls between the living/dining/kitchen areas to create an airy, open feel in their gathering spaces.
Nothing makes a small space feel cramped like dark colors. If you have open areas, it is best to choose a light paint or white for the walls to continue the open feel. Dark colors can make the room feel as if it is coming in on guests, cramping your style and enjoyment.
Use of Tall Ceilings
Does your home have cathedral ceilings? Awesome! Lets use that space to create an extra storage area, additional bedroom or play area for children. When you have minimal square footage horizontally, it is a great option to go vertical and create a loft in the home for many uses. There are many options for access, including wrap-around stairs and loft ladders to decrease the space used for access. Space efficient bunks are a great way to host more family members in smaller spaces and are fun for kids.
The use of wide and numerous windows in small places helps give the illusion of a larger space as it opens up the visuals lines of the home to the outside world. Floor to Ceiling windows are a great option. If there is a porch, deck or balcony, consider sliders with no visual framing to truly make the space seem to open to the world.
Nothing makes a space feel cramped like clutter. Finding and creating sensible storage solutions keeps unnecessary belongings out of the way and your home more organized. Floor storage is a a great option in bedrooms as well as integrating captains beds for additional storage. Narrow slide out spice racks fit in spaces between refrigerators and other appliances, freeing up space on your counters.
Ready to upgrade to small in Memphis? Contact MH Akers and discover how you can create custom tiny!