When designing your new home, it’s not always necessary to go for the biggest blueprint possible. It can even save you on how much space you’ll have to maintain and clean.
If you are thinking about downgrading the size of your new home construction project to something more manageable, then it is important to know where to make critical reductions. Here are a few ideas to help you reduce the size of your new home before the builders get started with construction.
Best Rooms to Downsize
Shaving a Little Off the Bedrooms
Instead of having enormous bedrooms, it can be sufficient to reduce the size of the bedrooms in your new home to a smaller size. This is especially the case when it comes to the rooms your children will be using as their bedrooms. Generally, a child or teen’s room does not need to be larger than 120-square feet. You may want to shave a couple feet off the master bedroom as well, but this is not such a critical place to aim for reduction in size. It is important to remember that reducing a master bedroom too much in size will affect the home’s resale value later.
Reduce the Size of the Garage
If you are a single person, it may not be necessary to insist on a two-car garage for your new home. Reducing the size of your garage to accommodate your only vehicle will likely be all a single home owner needs. For some people, having a garage is not even necessary. Opting to build without a garage will reduce the size of your home considerably. If you need additional storage space, you can readjust your floor plan to slightly increase the size of your closets to compensate for not having a garage for storage purposes.
The Living Room
If you do not entertain a lot of guests, then chances are, it is not going to be a big deal to sacrifice a little on the size of your living room. Unless you have a large family, you should be able to get by with a cozier living room size. To make up for a reduction in living room space, owning a smaller couch and mounting your television on the wall will help to compensate for the smaller living room.
The Eat-in Kitchen
Instead of opting for a kitchen and a separate dining room, one way to reduce the size of your home design is to combine the two rooms into an eat-in kitchen. Generally, this will require the kitchen to be slightly wider than average, but will offer a greater reduction in length with the dining room being sketched out of the new home design. As an Edmonton home builder says, this allows for more work-space with easier access to the refrigerator, stove, and sink during mealtime.
As you review the floor plan of your new home, it is easy to see that slight adjustments in the size of rooms will not change the overall feel of the home. Certain spatial reductions will have a more significant impact on how large the home feels though, such as how one chooses to deal with their garage space. Choosing to reduce the size of your new home because you do not have a large family, or a lot of stuff is simply a sign of being economical.
In the process, it is always a good idea to visit homes under construction, or recently for sale to get an idea how the size of a room will accommodate your needs.
Guest Post written by Brooke Chaplan. Brooke is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She enjoys hiking, biking, running and blogging about many different subjects including family, home and fitness. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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