How to Make your Small Home Feel Bigger

Createspaces1It seems that no one is immune to the energy saving craze these days. It is next to impossible to get away from the constant barrage of information. What most of this information is telling us is simple, try to use less energy.

One way that people are looking to reduce their energy footprint is by buying smaller homes. For those considering either buying or remodeling a smaller home the following paragraphs will contain useful information that can make your small home feel big.

Many people wonder whether or not a small house will fit their lifestyle. A small house does not have to seem small though, by being creative a home that is smaller than average can feel just as big and welcoming as any other.

When deciding whether or not to begin Implementing the ideas within the following paragraphs keep in consideration that any house should stay concise and maintain simple yet structured ideas in its architectural form. Remember that quality is always better than quantity.

  Consider Creating Outdoor Rooms

        Building a new room outside of your home gives the impression of a small home being much larger than it really is. It adds a whole new dimension to the house. An outdoor space to entertain guests that is well made and meticulously planned can be very impressive. You have the option to add all kinds of features  that will compliment this space, all it takes is a little hard work.

Boundaries can be displayed by either planting flowers, setting up fences, planting shrubs, lining the area with deck railing, or building stone walls. Be sure to make your outside space easily accessible from your home, having an eloquent transitioning from indoor to outdoor will keep the feeling of entering into another room of the house. The outdoor space can be made to feel like another room by adding things like minibars, tables and chairs, a fireplace, or an area to cook (like a grill).

It is a good idea to make the “outdoor room” Slightly bigger than the biggest room in your house. Also, adding an area that cannot be directly viewed from the home will create a unique air of privacy that many outdoor spaces do not have.

Creating Transitions

Creating transitions within your home makes it feel as if there is more yet to be discovered. A “transition” can be anything from a change in the floor level or height of a ceiling, to dramatic framework and hallways that look longer than they really are.

Do not let the temptation to remove square footage from entry ways and gathering places overcome your senses. Many times people think that this is a good idea, when they make the mistake of sacrificing space here it condemns the first impression that a guest will have to be that you have a small entry, so the rest of the house must be small as well..

Using Light and Color

Five-Free-Ways-to-Make-Your-Home-Look-Bigger-and-BetterThe lighting in a house can play a large role in the way that the size of a room is perceived. Using natural light is an excellent way to make a room feel larger than it actually is. This is mainly due to the fact that natural lighting gives us a connection to the outdoors. Skylights are one way that natural lighting can be achieved.

Strategically placing skylights inside of your home can make many areas seem longer or larger than they actually are. They are also a convenient way to cut down your energy bill and make your home look unique, Putting Skylights in bathrooms, hallways, and entrances will make the area feel open and spacious.

French doors are another way to harness this type of lighting. They allow one room that does not have exterior walls to harness the natural light source of an adjacent room that does.

Large windows strategically placed throughout the house are also an excellent way to utilize natural light during the daytime, and create a feeling of openness in a room.

Creating a brighter environment towards the ends of rooms or houses gives a guest the sense that there is more to be seen as well. It also makes a person feel as if there is more to an area than originally thought. This can be achieved by placing skylights at the top of stairs, or large windows near the beginning or end of walkways. Well placed artificial lighting serves this purpose as well during the nighttime hours. It can heighten definition and if placed properly can make a room feel open and inviting.

In general it is best to keep the color palette when painting a house simple, stay with a certain range of colors. Like various reds, or light blues and dark blues. In staying with this theme contrasting colors can be used within the same room to make it appear longer, or taller than it actually is. However the colors should always be complementary to their surroundings and to your tastes. Try to stay away from dark colors in room that you want to make feel expansive, dark colors are typically used for private areas of the house because they create a feeling of solitude. Try different color combinations on your own to see if they make a room feel larger or more open.

Utilizing Contrast, and Making Each Room Unique

When choosing what to put inside of your small home do not go for “small” appliances and furniture. When you house is filled with small things the house itself seems small as well. Instead choose a handful of small appliances and furniture, then pick medium or full sized ones to fill the rest of the houses needs.

You can also create contrast within a room by utilizing one object and making it “the center stage” of a room. Such objects that this can be done with are large fireplaces, or columns.

By doing this you are making each room unique as well. It is important to not feel as if you are walking from one room to another room that is just like the first. It is easy to create a different atmosphere in each room, subtle color changes can serve this purpose very well. Creating one room in your house that is perceived as “loud” and another that is “quiet” will guarantee that your home at least does not feel like a “one-room house”.





Planning a Country House

There arecountry-home many reasons why people choose to move out of cities and into more rural areas. This can happen at any time in a person’s life. Some of those reasons may be due to health, or family, or just to have a change of scenery in their life. The way, country living can be a rich and fulfilling expe wincer in a beautiful home.

Most country homes reflect the iconic “Southern American” architectural style of wide front porches and flared roofs. There are innovative and functional blueprints for every style of country home. Some people prefer homes with a lot of natural lighting, which is easy to achieve in the country.  Others prefer a lot or privacy, which can be provided as well. There are catalogs that include every style, concept, idea, and design of country homes. It can be hard to choose from all of the different concepts for country homes out there. Take your time and choose the one that feels right, this is a decision that you will more than likely only get to make once.

Building and Design

The cost of building a country home is equal to what you are willing to spend. The amount of money you put into designing and creating your country dream home directly translates into the finished product. One way to save money is by building taller instead of building wide, this reduces the cost of your houses foundation and the cost of your country home’s new roof. You can use cost estimation software available online to help you determine what the final amount will be when you are finished building your country dream home. Keep in mind that sometimes unforeseen circumstances do occur where you may be forced to choose to spend more money, or make cut-backs on your home.

What to consider when building your country dream homeWhat to consider when building your country dream home:

  • How much you can spend
  • How large you want to floor plan
  • How many Levels you want
  • How long you plan on living there
  • What the Outside will look like
  • What rooms you want a view of the sunrise/sunset in
  • How much room your family will need
  • How many bathrooms
  • How many closets
  • Do you want an office or workshop
  • Where will the kitchen be

All of these are very important when deciding how you want your future country dream home to look and feel. You may grow old in this house, so create a home that makes you feel happy and comfortable.

Home Improvements

Are you spending too much?

No matter the method in which you plan changes to your home, it is important that the costs and time are evaluated beforehand. After you can ensure that the improvements made will be of great quality, and done by proven professionals, you do not need to worry about the investment you have made. Taking care of these things before your project begins can take much of the worry associated with remodeling away from the homeowner.

img3Types of home remodeling:

  • Indoor systems
  • Bathrooms (typically the most important room to a home buyer)
  • Roofing
  • Expanding the bedroom
  • Adding another room to the house (such as an attic bedroom)
  • Living room
  • Lighting
  • Outdoor Projects

Each of these different areas that you may want to consider when you plan to remodel your home usually increases its value. Even if you are not planning on selling your home having its value increase is desirable.

Remodeling the Kitchen

A Good Investment

If you live in an older house then the kitchen is more than likely outdated. Remodeling the Kitchen is a worthy investment for all homeowners because it can greatly boost the value of a home. Old or not? The kitchen is one area is the house that buyers look for quality. Not only can that but having an impressive kitchen to entertain guests in be a great perk for people who like to host gatherings.

What to consider when remodeling the kitchen:

  • New Cabinets
  • rearranging or adding light fixtures
  • The position and size of the sink
  • The quality of the countertops

Remodeling the Bathroom

The Best Investment

Remodeling the bathroom to make it more appealing and accommodating is proven to always yield an instant increase to a home value. This area is typically one of the most scrutinized when people come to a showing or schedule a tour looking to purchase a home that has been put on the market. For those who have made no plans to sell a home, a bathroom renovation or remodel will still add radiance and comfort to any home.

What to consider when remodeling the bathroom:

  • Appliances and Fixtures
  • Quality of Mirror
  • Flooring
  • size of shower or bathtub
  • new cabinetry

Renovating the Roof


Spending large sums of your money on a single project does not guarantee that you are going to see a quality outcome. Renovating a home’s roof is one instance where this is a constant concern. Often contractors will advise that replacing a roof will not earn you an adequate return considering the massive expenditure involved. Typically roof replacements are done only after a long period of time and it is determined by a contractor that you need an entirely new roof.

Quality Home Improvement Factors

What to Consider

There are numerous factors that should be considered when making home improvement decisions. However keep in mind that no matter what anyone else says only you have the final say when it comes to remodeling a home. Some factors to consider when deciding to make a home improvement are listed below.


  • What your budget for a project should be
  • Space you have to do the project
  • Time you have to do the project
  • Why you want to do the project

Economy or Efficiency

A Hard Choice

There is no way to guarantee quality if you choose to hold economy over efficiency. In order to be sure that your remodels are done in a timely manner, and with good quality you must hire professionals, you must also be prepared to spend the money that is necessary before a large project is underway. Efficiency in time, budget, and quality are the most important things to ensure when making hard home improvement choices.

A good way to decide for yourself what improvements your home made need, take a stroll around your neighborhood. Looks at houses and pick out what features you do and do not like then decide for yourself whether or not these would be good additions for your next home improvement.