Although recovery for home building has been looking up for a while—with new-home starts in 2013 up 18 percent over 2012 and new-home sales in January at their highest level since July 2008—coming
Small houses that live big
Professional Builder’s House Review design team balances openness with privacy in its small-home ideas.
Total size: 1,362 sf
Garage: 388 sf
Porches: 223 sf
There’s something about feeling warm and cozy in your home, a sentiment that is hard to accomplish with a McMansion. Having a home with only what you need was a common design element during the 1920s through the 1950s. That way of thinking is making its way back into modern day ideals. Although homebuyers want to scale down, the need for three bedrooms— the master, a child’s room, and a guest room or office— is still at the top of the list. Must-have items for the small home include well-equipped kitchens with proximity to the living spaces that make for a workable great room. A house with just 1,300 square feet to work with would seem to be a difficult challenge, but this plan offers the space necessary for everyday purposes. There’s an open living concept with the kitchen, dining, and living room all open to each other.