Six Great Advantages to Building a Smaller House

The Benefits Of Building A Smaller House

When it comes to your home, bigger is not always better. While big homes offer benefits of their own, a growing number of people are finding that they prefer a smaller house. In fact, small house plans  have several advantages that are impossible to enjoy with a large home. Here are some of the benefits of a smaller house that are worth considering.

The Benefits Of Building A Smaller House

The Satchwell – 2097 sq ft

  1. Less Upkeep

The less square footage you have, the less you have to clean and maintain. For many, a smaller home is more manageable. This frees their time and money to spend enjoying actually living in their home with their family, rather than simply maintaining it. A smaller house layout also allows you to spend less time and energy on decorating your home.

The Benefits Of Building A Smaller House

The Carrollton – 1668 sq ft.

  1. Less Money

Smaller homes cost less to build, buy and maintain. They also cost less in terms of utilities. Lower electric and gas bills are significant, especially in a day and age with continually rising energy costs. Spending less money on your home means you can put more aside in savings accounts.

The Benefits Of Building A Smaller House

The Silvergate – 2401 sq ft

  1. Less Environmental Impact

The smaller your home, the fewer resources you are using to build, heat, cool and maintain it. Having a smaller environmental impact is always beneficial.

  1. Less Clutter

One of the advantages of a smaller house is the fact that it forces you to have less clutter in your life. You won’t have a lot of room to store unneeded things, so you can live more intentionally and truly enjoy and use those items you choose to keep in your home. If you’re moving to a smaller house from a larger one, you will be able to unload some of those items that you just don’t use anymore, giving you the freedom of less clutter in your life.

The Benefits Of Building A Smaller House

The Ferris – 2115 sq ft

  1. Wider Seller Market

When you’re ready to sell, you’ll find that a smaller house has a larger potential market of buyers. Smaller houses are, by nature, more affordable than larger houses — and this means more people who can potentially buy your home.

The Benefits Of Building A Smaller House

The Courtney – 1859 sq ft

  1. Build Better Relationships

When your family lives in a small home, you’ll have to learn to live together and work together well. You can’t run away from your family members, so you have to work through differences. This helps build better family relationships. Small home designs often have smaller bedrooms and large living areas, encouraging family time.

If you’re ready to embrace the benefits of building a smaller house, Donald A. Gardner Architects has you covered. We have many small house floor plan options for your consideration. These home designs are cozy and welcoming, with modern features and open layouts, but with a smaller footprint. Consider popular designs like The Carrollton or The Dewfield, both of which are less than 1,700 square feet.

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12 comments on “Six Great Advantages to Building a Smaller House

  1. Jim Spice on

    Recently retired I have been looking for a very stylish 2 bedroom home plan with a large living room and suitable kitchen with dining area. No need any more for a formal dining room, den, office or extra bedroom. There is room for a computer desk in a large living room. Just roomier sized rooms. A local appraiser told me 2 bedroom homes sell quite well right now.

  2. Sam Li on

    I like what you said about buying a smaller house because it forces you to accumulate less clutter. I think that buying a single-family home is a good way to save money that would be wasted on maintenance and energy bills. If I were to buy a new home, I would look for a real estate agent that could help me find a smaller house on the market.

  3. Maury Smith on

    We are thinking about purchasing the Satchwell prints. Just curious if you might have additional pictures? Also if anyone that has built house has suggestions?

    • Echo Jones on

      Hi Maury, Most of our photos of The Satchwell are on the website, but you may find a few additional photos on our flickr page. Just click on the collection of plans between 900-999 and look for Plan 967.


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