Small Homes with Big Value
Not all homebuyers are looking for a house with a massive floor plan – and a massive price tag. In fact, a wide variety of lifestyle changes are motivating many home owners to downsize to something more manageable. And, many first- time buyers are seeking something other than the traditional “starter” home.
Their reasons may vary, but their goals remain consistent: find a home that fits well, maximizes space and offers value. Home builders recognize the home- efficiency needs of today’s buyers, which is why an increasing number of them are finding innovative ways to deliver big value in a small( er) package.
To those who think buying a smaller home means sacrificing quality amenities, they might not know about what many refer to as the “jewel box home.” Ranging between 650- 2,500 square feet, jewel box homes are generally smaller than the average singlefamily home, and built with high- quality materials and custom finishes tailored to the owner’s preferences.
Such homes are most appealing to newlyweds, single professionals, empty nesters or retirees – anyone with a less- is- more mentality who wants to live in a custom, yet relatively affordable home.
Every area within a jewel box home is designed with a purpose – sometimes more than one – to augment efficiency. The designs typically rely on blurring the lines between the indoors and outdoors by incorporating large sliding glass doors that open seamlessly to exterior dining and entertaining areas.
Other design elements that create space include the use of bright, chrome- brushed finishes, pocket and barn doors, dramatic lighting, floating shelves, abundant windows and continuous flooring throughout.