Beautiful Tiny Home Design Plans
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Recently suggested in a national newspaper that we should all start thinking ‘tiny house for a tiny planet’ – an interesting concept. However, it seems that the concept of the United States is very un-North America, given that we are all familiar with the house twice the size of, say, our European colleagues. How do they live in those little houses? Do we want to? Do we have to do it? How do we plan to lower our own living space without letting go of the ease and efficiency of our lifestyle? These questions can sound daunting, but less so, if we consider the sleek design of motor homes and the fifth wheel. The benefits of living in a smaller home are quite clear: less land, less property tax, less building materials, less room for heat, less floor for carpet – you get the idea! An overall picture of life spells that cost less to live. More money to enjoy!
If you’ve ever thought about down-sizing (and in these days of rising food and energy costs, many of us have!), One of the first questions that comes up, is what can we do without? Or rather, what do we want to do without?
There is no.
Right! So where is the wasted space we can go through? This is best answered by remembering the way we each live. The National Builder Movement shows one way to streamline our living space is to realize what we use for it. This can be done by writing a list of all the activities we do at home, recording where we do it and recording the exact part of a room that we use. You may be able to think of unused parts of a particular room. .
Once you have this activity, you may realize that only certain parts of each room are needed, and you can plan a house with a new ‘big room’ design and incorporate all your life needs into one area. While giving a very broad feeling, this idea could actually save the square footage for removing the corridors and doors (not to mention the whole room!). Two or three clear areas are wasted space for many designers: formal dining room, bathroom and garage. In the case of a formal dining room, if you only use three or four times a year, visualize management without one. Problem here: many of us still want to have an occasional formal dining atmosphere.
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However, it is possible to establish a kitchen / dining room in such a way that the atmosphere can be changed to ‘formal’ but only when necessary. This will be achieved by the use of clever lighting and noninvasive systems to separate the two functions of food consumption and food preparation. Use of a moveable decorative screen or also an option that can be used only if a formal atmosphere is needed. In this new home can save up to 100 square feet and thousands of dollars. Next comes the bathroom and the realization that most of us actually use it as a reading room, a workspace to apply makeup or escape for the momentary calm of the kids! If we had a more efficient bathroom set up maybe we could manage with one bathroom only!
The idea of Europe to separate the bath / shower from the toilet actually means that people might get in and out of the smallest room at home faster because there’s not much interest there! In a room the Europeans call toilet no mirror (so teenagers do not hang around!) And there’s a small basin that protrudes about nine inches from the wall to wash its hand a little. The room is very small – no point in lingering!
The garage, even if you have it, can be converted into a suite of mother-in-law or teenage households with simple insulation and dry wall work. A car port offers almost as much protection as a car in a temperate garage. If the man in the house is a bit disturbing, consider changing the garage section into a workshop! Solid work desks and one wall covered with pegboard to hang tools will free up a lot of closet space elsewhere.
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