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The Pros and Cons of Living in a Small Home
Not everyone can afford a large home, but it is also true that many people are now opting to live in a smaller pad. With more of us embracing a less-is-more lifestyle, what are the pros and cons of living in a smaller home?
The average three-bedroomed property is the UK is around 1,300 sqm and so a property that is considered 1,000 sqm or less is considered ‘small’. Over the years, house builders have squeezed the regulations for building to their limit, a way of building affordable homes without hitting profits too hard.
What do people think are the pros of living in a smaller place?
58% of people who responded to the Houzz survey, said they felt it was easier to relax in a small home.
42% said that keeping the place clean was also much easier and less time-consuming.
BUT, 55% said that entertaining could be a challenge in a smaller pad with 60% said storage was difficult.
It was a big concern for people living in a smaller home with storage solutions being outside of the home for 44% of people who said they used a garage to store stuff. 34% put stuff in the loft and 31% used space in the garden or yard.
Design decisions really matter in a smaller space, which is why something like fitted lounge or bedroom furniture could be the investment that solves the storage conundrum.
Defining living areas
Many respondents agreed that making the right decision when it comes to design was of paramount importance in a smaller home. 48% used rugs to define areas, they said with a third of respondents saying they used less furniture in their home too. The use of mirrors was also a strong response to help maximise light too, to make the home look and feel bigger.
Using the outdoor space
30% of those living in a smaller home said that they had utilised the outdoor space as an extra room, investing in various garden design solutions to be able to use the garden for as long as possible all year round.
A further 26% said that they felt the open plan design was the solution for the smaller home and this was the decision that increased usable space. 19% of respondents also said that fitted furniture or storage had also made a big impact on how well they could live in their smaller home.
Happiness in the home
A quarter of respondents said they continued to live in their smaller-than-average home because they wanted a low-maintenance pad, whilst 34% said they stayed because they didn’t need anything bigger.
The majority – nearly half – said that they were in a smaller home because financially a bigger one wasn’t an option. But, all those who responded enjoyed living in their smaller home and found that there were solutions to storage issues and other problems.
It seems that with the right solutions, a smaller home can be a palace.