Despite what you may think, small-space living doesn't have to be about sacrifice. Many homeowners who thought they'd have to give up on their dream due to budget setbacks have found that they're just as happy in a scaled-down abode than they would be in a larger estate (if not more so).
If you're looking at downsizing your square footage, you'll need plenty of creative ideas for how to make the most of your space. Innovative storage solutions and rooms that pull double duty are paramount, but a successful smaller home goes deeper than this. Starting with your floor plan, you'll need to reduce any wasted space (such as halls) to make your rooms live larger.
The April issue of Timber Home Living, which arrives on newsstands today, focuses on the benefits of living in a smaller home and offers tips and advice for maximizing your space. Inside, you'll find:
- a detailed, illustrated breakdown of how the structure of a timber frame offers significantly more energy efficiency than a traditional stick-framed building
- a destination guide to Pocahontas County, West Virginia, a delightful rural getaway that offers recreation, history, culture — and an annual roadkill cook-off
- advice on how to take advantage of unused overhead space in your garage by building a bonus room
- tips on incorporating custom windows into your timber home
- three gorgeous home tours in Colorado and North Carolina, including two under 2,700 square feet
- an overview of the benefits of downsizing your home
- design details for kitchen backsplashes