It 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 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
The 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”.