Attractive ideas for your small home
There’s a lot to like about tiny homes: less maintenance, lower utility costs, manageable floor plans. If you already live in a small house or are planning to buy one, you will likely be spending a lot of time inside. But the top exterior design and landscaping tips can go a long way to showcasing all that is wonderful about your tiny home. Here are six ideas, along with some key considerations, for small homes.
1. Uncover the imprint of your home.
An adjective often used to describe the exterior of small houses is charming. This is because the combination of color, size and landscape creates an accessible and welcoming facade for street viewers. Instead of hiding your home’s compact footprint, play it up using proportional containers, planters, and added decorative items – like a hanging birdhouse and retro metal chairs – that both fit into the room. scale and style of your home.
2. Minimize visual clutter.
Many of us react to the urge to add more – more landscaping, more finishes, more details. These can quickly overwhelm a small home and detract from its curb appeal. For example, instead of a dressy portico and oversized trim, focus on simple brackets, sleek but understated shutters, and a conservative letterbox.
3. Streamline landscaping.
Small houses with clean lines rely on only a few details for visual interest. To emphasize the understated beauty, reduce the landscaping to one or two colors and a few plants. A low-rise hedge provides definition for the edge of the house (and can also hide an unattractive foundation line). To add variety without the clutter, consider breaking the pavement with an unusual material or minimalist pattern.
4. Accentuate or add to architectural details.
Look closely and you will likely see subtle extras on your home that add character; when enhanced in a style appropriate way, these small pieces help create a cohesive exterior design. Narrow vertical trim pieces can break up the otherwise unadorned expanse of a street-facing roofline, while simple trim and moldings enhance the aesthetics of columns and windows. Bonus: If your home doesn’t have these details, they’re usually not hard to add, especially with some DIY skills.
5. Choose only one color.
Dark colors can look well suited to a small home – and sometimes they are. But particular styles and sites can be more attractive in a monochromatic arrangement, such as with a compact stucco house. A warm, buttery cream color helps the exterior reflect light, while the pale, subdued contrast of the white trim enhances the lines of the airy open porch.
6. Log on to the outdoors.
An easy way to enhance the curb appeal of a small home is to make it live larger by cementing the connection with the landscape and outdoor living spaces. A home can invite outdoor living with a compact screened porch that encourages interaction with the front yard. Covered porches, decks, and patios work the same way, especially if they are directly connected to the main living areas of your small home.
If you are deciding if a tiny house plan is right for you:
- Think about your essential spaces and your daily schedule. Do you really need a dedicated home office, or would a kitchen counter work well? Does your family love formal dinners or does combined eat-prepare-dinner spaces fit your lifestyle? Know what you absolutely need and what you can live without.
- Include outdoor living spaces in your overall floor plan. Small homes live much larger when they have patios, porches, or decks, even if they can only be used on sunny days.
- Think about quality, not quantity. A large full bathroom with two sinks, a tub and a shower could be much nicer, and inherently adapt to changes in life, than two small spaces with a single sink and just a shower. Likewise, a spacious living space with a fireplace and bookcases could be perfect in place of two family rooms which feel crowded and have no extra amenities.