Moving often provokes a variety of reactions, ranging from the excitement of a new place to the bittersweet reflections of leaving a familiar one. It may seem more emotional too if you’re choosing a smaller home because of a change in relationships, kids moving out, or simply the need for a different location. The key is downsizing in style. Especially when you choose a custom home, you have practically unlimited options. Keep the luxury elements that reflect your interests and personality.
Benefits of Smaller Homes
According to Trulia’s 2017 survey on home size satisfaction, 60.6% of owners would choose a smaller place than their current 2,000+ square foot residencies. Homes of a more modest size are easier to maintain and incur less heating and cooling expense. Building a smaller home frees up some of your budget for extra features. Details such as covered patios, sunrooms, and open concept layouts increase personal and resale value. Take full advantage of design possibilities and you won’t lose a thing.
Prepare for Downsizing Before the Move
Use your new home’s blueprints or floor plans to help you decide beforehand what you need to keep or discard. Check for built-in details or appliances, and home association amenities so you can eliminate items or equipment that are already provided. Additionally, take measurements to decide what you can store and how you’re going to display collections. Assess clothing, furniture, kitchenware, tools, or decorative accessories for its sentimental value or future usefulness. Keep the lush linens, towels, and pillows, as well as the key pieces integral to your aesthetic. But donate or sell anything that’s no longer appealing or genuinely useful.
Design Ideas that Magnify a Downsized Home
Downsizing in style means keeping the amenities. Below are just a few of the features that can help make your new, downsized home comfortable and elegant. If a feature is important to you, by all means, make it part of your new home. Look for ways to make it functional and practical.
Proper storage, of course, depends upon location with the right humidity, lighting, insulation, and temperature. If you don’t have the room for a full cellar, consider a wall, or unused garage, pantry, or laundry room space. Even under the stairs can work. Built-in coolers under the kitchen counters or within an island, ladder racking alongside cabinets, or a below-floor spiral cellar are popular options for limited space.
Typically designed in a basement or bedroom, a home theater or media room is the essence of coziness. Use screen and dimensions calculators to determine optimal sizes, viewing distances, and acoustics, then work with those figures as best as possible. Opt for sofas and armchairs in lieu of traditional row seating, and look for places (a closet, perhaps), to disguise wiring and equipment. For an old-school vibe, include a projector screen, popcorn machine, and beverage dispenser. With modular or lightweight furniture, you can quickly rearrange the room to use it for multiple purposes.
Whether in an island design or along a wall, use existing design elements to influence arrangement of your outdoor kitchen. Take advantage of exposed brick or stone, and covered or open spaces, and create a unique experience. Think about a built-in grill, fireplace, or wood-burning oven, if your home doesn’t already have them. Add scarves and train vines to enhance a canopy, as well as fountains, statues, and soft lighting.
There are seemingly endless options for swimming pools, so you can enjoy in spa-like luxury. If you do not have the space for a lap pool, or cannot extend a deck, plunge pools coordinate very well with smaller areas. Alternatively, an infinity-edge pool will create the illusion of a grander swimming space. Rock formations, waterfalls, underwater illumination, plants, and lounge furniture add to the perfect level of relaxation and tranquility.
Tap into Imagination and Inspiration to Downsize in Style
Take the time to appreciate every aspect of your new, smaller home. Downsizing opens up many creative avenues, and the means to focus more attention on what truly makes the home yours. Make your house a home for you and your family.