Here’s a must-read for anyone thinking about building a home. The article at Timber Home Living Magazine (online and in the April 2012 print issue) is “Shrink to Fit,” written by Janice Brewster. While the focus of the article is on smaller structures, the lessons and principles apply to all homes – from cozy to palatial.
A quote by a homeowner grabs attention right from the start, “We came up with the design by spending an awful lot of time talking about we wanted to live.”
Yes! Your lifestyle is central to your home, and consequently, your home is an extension of your lifestyle. Bringing design and style inspiration to early planning is important, but lifestyle should never play second fiddle to aesthetic preferences.
Ms. Brewster aptly dispels several misconceptions about designing any home, let alone designing a home with a small footprint:
- You don’t need to sacrifice to flourish in a small space,
- Open floor plans are an effective way to flood a small space with light and a feeling of roominess,
- Windows are important (sidenote: Black Canyon Builders cannot emphasis this point enough), and
- Choosing the size of your home is as much a lifestyle decision as any other.
The piece continues with a slew of valuable tips for anyone stepping into the process. Enjoy!
Here’s the link again.