Have you ever thought about building a house as opposed to buying one? Yes, you might have more stress, but wouldn't it be worth a couple more sleepless nights to get exactly what you want?
We think so, but understand that budget will play a huge part in your decision, so what if we told you you could build a home (excluding the cost of the land) for under £50k, including architect fees? Would that tempt you to think about it a little more seriously?
Well, you really can and we've found some pictures that perfectly demonstrate how you can live a little smaller and still enjoy an amazing home.
Ready to have your mind blown? Then let's begin!
The first thing to think about is a compact design. Don't think you can't have enough rooms as lofts are premium real estate in these smaller homes.
As you can see here, you don't need more than one bedroom, a small shower room, bijou kitchen and comfortable lounge.
When you have a smaller home, you need to be ready to accept some dual-function rooms, such as kitchen/diners. They just make sense!
You can see here that just 80 square metres will get you a two-bedroom home, which even has a small utility space.
Two bedrooms and a separate toilet and main bathroom all fit here.
This seems like a good time to throw an inspirational picture into the mix! This home might be small, but it's very pretty.
Here's another 65 square metre home that shows how vital a logical layout is in a small home.
80 square metres gets you a lot of family space, if the kids will share a bedroom!
All you really need is a bed, so a cosy 8 square metre shouldn't be a problem.
Suddenly, 110 square metres seems enormous! With room for three double-bedrooms, this is a great option as long as other spaces are kept small!
If you're hesitant about open-plan living, just check out this 30 square metre kitchen/living room.
40 square metres is enough room for a single or couple who are happy to live small to have little to no mortgage.
40 square metres of movable living space really can look amazing!
This studio space shows you don't have to live like a student just because your home is one large room.
Isn't this area stylish and pretty? What if we told you that it measures just 25 square metres?
100 square metres could get you an ultra-contemporary single-storey home like this.
A one-bedroom home will always be far cheaper to build than a property with numerous sleeping zones. Pop overnight guests on a sofa bed!
When you think about how much time you spend in your bathroom, you'll realise you don't need it to be enormous!
Opting for a basic shell (made from cheap materials) will keep your budget super tight - your architect can help with this.
If you absolutely need two bedrooms, keep them small and maximise the living room instead.
One of the cheapest ways to build a home, prefabricated styles are cost-effective, quick to construct and easy to customise!
Technically a small two-bedroom home, we don't think it looks as though this house would feel cramped.
Bungalows will always be more cost-effective to build that multi-level homes, so consider them.
A small wooden house won't break the bank but will feel homely, thanks to the warm wood tones inside.
The space here is divided so well to make the most of the sociable elements.
There looks to be plenty of room for bedrooms here!
A small home can feel far more special with a terrace.
What we've learned here is that for £50k, you have to be realistic and accept you won't have much more than 110 square metres to play with, but many people are doing it and living fantastically comfortably, so why can't you?
For more small home inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 12 cheap building materials perfect for a small home.