There are so many reasons that I think smaller homes are the answer to so many of the gaps in life.
And when I say smaller, I definitely do not mean tiny. (I've got more on that below...)
In this post I am focusing on artful details. The idea is that you might choose to purchase or stay and renovate a small home, rather than spread your resources and budget over a bigger but more typical (and boring) space.
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Odds are, you have a fixed budget to buy and/or renovate a home. Most of us do. Whether that budget is extravagant or less so, the vast majority of us have a limit on how much we can afford to spend without acquiring more debt than we can easily manage. Be smart, consider what you can manage over the long term with the bumps and gaps that life tends to bring over time.
Smaller homes are the answer to balancing your budget.
AND creating a stunning, personal space.
Here's what I mean:
What if you take that same budget, and purchase less of a home than "you can afford" according to all the calculators?
Or what if you take that same budget, and instead of moving to that larger home that "you can now afford", you choose to stay in your smaller home and renovate?
It's a very intentional choice and set of priorities...
In a smaller home, your budget can be used for custom workmanship, higher quality materials and stunning artful details, instead of just your standard trendy off-the-shelf styling in a home with more (often unused) square footage.
So, my challenge to you, is to ask yourself:
Yes, it's true, your investment per square foot will go up, sometimes very dramatically, but if it is a thoughtful and well detailed design, you will get so much more joy and satisfaction out of using and sharing that smaller space. I promise.
what is a "small" home?
A while back I wrote a piece exploring what "small" really means, and why it's infinitely more sustainable than the headline-grabbing tiny home craze.
Here's a link if you are curious - Does it Have to be Tiny?
Hey there. I'm Miriam ~ and I've been doing this my whole life. It's my passion.