Downsizing into a smaller home often requires eliminating items your have had in your life. Many of these are related to raising children, but we have all collected “things” that we rarely use. When you retire, a change toward simplification is often comforting. Smart design will consider spaces tailored to the way you see your life evolving. This is the time in life to reflect, enjoy and have fun. Your home will be a space you spend the majority of your life, even if you are an outdoors person, or traveler. Statistically, 2/3 of your life is spent indoors. You have worked your entire life for money and comfort, this is the time to eliminate clutter, simplify, and let architecture spoil your life. Building smaller affords higher quality, less maintenance, energy efficiency. Building smaller can help preserve your income for other things in life.
An open plan works well in smaller homes to keep spaces feeling larger; however, spatial definition is critical to add character to the design. How this definition occurs needs to be tailored to your lifestyle and integral with the structure, the building site and views.
Cues from small home designs can inform areas that are often neglected by inexperienced home designers. All the areas of space that never seem to be used are spaces that waist money and natural resources, and should not be there if they do not serve a purpose. It is a good rule that small home design elements should have dual functions if possible. A common reference to this could be the Kitchen island incorporates seating as well as preparation space; however, they can be ambiguous as a bookcase that functions as a door as well as storage.
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