DIY: How to build your own house (and not break the bank!)

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DIY: How to build your own house (and not break the bank!)

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Save money and build your home yourself!

As properties are getting smaller, we are often left scratching our heads, wondering how to build a stylish home that is compact and saves on space. And on top of it all, how to do it all while on a budget. 

To help solve your building, or styling problems, or to answer any decor questions you might have, we have compiled a list of homes that are little but look luxurious. Whether it's a weatherboard-clad exterior or a white, elegant bedroom, these homes are inexpensive to recreate, and look like they cost a tidy sum of money to finish. Let's see just how they did it, and how you can too.  

Start with a simple shell.

Stunning garden room suite:  Garden by The Swift Organisation Ltd
The Swift Organisation Ltd

Stunning garden room suite

The Swift Organisation Ltd

Shipping containers and prefabricated buildings are becoming more and more popular to use as a unique home. A simple structure like this one won't set you back much and looks stunning. Surround it with a lush garden and you won't need much else. 

Cover it in wood.

Stunning garden treatment room and gymnasium suite:  Garden by The Swift Organisation Ltd
The Swift Organisation Ltd

Stunning garden treatment room and gymnasium suite

The Swift Organisation Ltd

Wooden paneling always look expensive, especially if you have the space to build a wide deck. Stain the wood to make sure it lasts throughout the seasons and add potted plants for easy elegance. 

Build up, not out.

If you love a more traditional look, then why not go for a sweet cottage like this one? Building up is always a better option than spreading out over one level, and this model has a lot of room inside. Cozy and comfortable!

Get cute with the details.

Two Bedroom Wee House:   by The Wee House Company
The Wee House Company

Two Bedroom Wee House

The Wee House Company

Finished by home builders The Wee House Company, this is indeed a wee home. Instead of trying to impress with a huge, stately manor, reduce the size of your place and add cute details like window shutters, paved walkways and lanterns. 

Make it convertible.

 Houses by 3d-arch
3d-arch

Lavori

3d-arch

The key to making a small amount of space work for you is to make as much of it convertible. Design sliding walls that double as window covers, tables can be stored away when not in use, turn staircases into bookcases. Utilize every inch of space!

Install sun lights.

If you want to build a two stored home, try to get the most amount of sunlight as you can up top. Installing sun lights will not only let the light in, but will also make sure upstairs is never too stuffy. 

A compact kitchen.

Lacking space in the kitchen? If you build most of your cupboards on one side, then the rest of the room can be dedicated to the dining table. Or go with a kitchen island for the ultimate layout. 

Don't cut corners.

Indie Style Interiors - chic living rooms for the whole family to enjoy:  Living room by Indie Style Interiors
Indie Style Interiors

Indie Style Interiors—chic living rooms for the whole family to enjoy

Indie Style Interiors

L-shaped sofas are the ultimate pieces of furniture when it comes to saving space in the living room. By having the seating filling the corners, there is no room unused—and the middle is left free for a coffee table (and statement rug) in the middle. 

Customized to fit.

If you think about the type of furniture you want in your rooms when designing, you will cut back on wasted space. This couch is exactly the right size and shape for this living room, and everything else is purpose built and customized to fit.

Keeping it light with white.

 Bedroom by Clean Design
Clean Design

Master Bedroom

Clean Design

Even if you have a sloping roof, or a loft bedroom, it can still look spacious and stylish—use lighter colors on the walls and in the furnishings and you will open up the space. 

Finding the right combination.

 Bedroom by Clean Design
Clean Design

Master Bedroom

Clean Design

So your lobby is small, but you still want a feature? Together, one stand out piece of furniture and a vibrant, statement artwork can be all you need. Remember—less is more, especially in a smaller space.   

Can't get enough? Here are 10 more incredible small homes.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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