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  • Writer's pictureLisa Carlisle Architect

What to Consider Before Building a Smaller Home

Thinking about downsizing or building your retirement home? A smaller home can be just as interesting as a larger home. We can create spaces that are tailored to your wants and needs as well as making sure each space is efficiently utilized.

Here are some things to consider when building a smaller home or renovating one.

Foundation Matters

When designing a smaller home, the foundation choice is crucial. Depending on your site you can have a slab, crawl space, or full-size basement A slab foundation can be a less expensive option but provides no storage space. A crawl space is also a less expensive option and provides limited storage. Having the extra square footage with a full-size basement might be the best choice (depending on your site) for added storage or living space.

Windows and Doors

Natural light is an easy way to make your home feel brighter and larger. Adding windows and doors in the right place can increase natural light and open up an otherwise smaller space. Sky lights are also a great option for rooms throughout your home.

Vaulted Ceilings

Roof pitch makes all the difference, especially on the interior of your home. Vaulted ceilings can create an overall larger feel and give the illusion of a larger home. It can also lend itself to usable space by creating a loft for a home office, guest room or bonus room

Outdoor Living

Adding a deck or patio to your home gives you another “room” to entertain or relax outdoors. It is a functional, beautiful option that gives you more usable square footage without being inside the home.

Building a smaller home doesn’t mean you have to skimp on beauty or on function!  We find ways to create a smaller home that has room for everyone and functions as you need it to in order to accommodate your family size now and in the future.


Contact us so we can start creating your dream home together.

(401) 560-0850

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