Small Homes with Big Value

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HOME & GARDEN SHOW - BY NWA HOME BUILDERS AS­SO­CI­A­TION

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.

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