4 Must-Haves for Your NOT-SO-BIG HOME

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Jonathan Or­pin, founder and owner at New En­ergy Works Tim­ber­framers, is a champion for smart de­sign — no mat­ter the size of the home. “So many of our clients now are build­ing smaller homes be­cause they sim­ply don’t need a big­ger one,” he says. “Seems smart for many rea­sons: less vac­u­um­ing, less heat­ing and cool­ing, less taxes. And, for many, less strain on the fi­nances as we get to the point where re­tire­ment shines bright and hope­ful.”

But are there de­sign el­e­ments you should squeeze into ev­ery home de­spite the square footage? Jonathan shares four things to in­clude in even the hum­blest abode:

Open liv­ing area. “One of the things we tend to do in our de­signs is in­clude a com­bined kitchen/ din­ing/liv­ing area that we call ‘the com­mons.’ By hold­ing these im­por­tant spa­ces to­gether in a re­lated but sep­a­rated area, you ac­tu­ally can use it for a va­ri­ety of pur­poses. It’s a flex­i­ble space, which makes sense in a small home.”

Pantry. “I al­ways plan for a pantry. It’s a cheap form of stor­age and it saves a lot of room. A pantry lo­cated next to the kitchen al­lows for an ex­traor­di­nar­ily large amount of stor­age with­out tak­ing up valu­able cup­board space.”

Walk-In Clos­ets. “Many peo­ple think that large clos­ets are a place to slash space in a smaller home, but we al­ways in­clude walk-in clos­ets, com­plete with draw­ers, shoe racks, shelves, etc. This way, ev­ery­thing is tucked away in its own area and isn’t clut­ter­ing your main floor space.”

Mud­room/Me­chan­i­cal Room. “Even when there’s not square footage to spare, I like to in­clude a mud­room or me­chan­i­cal room right next to the front door or the main door peo­ple will be us­ing. Big or small, this type of closed-off space keeps ev­ery­thing nice and or­ga­nized.”

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