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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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