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Small home plans can be ideal for a single homeowner, or a small family.  Small home plans can be a choice that larger families might want to consider, too, though.  Homeowners may choose them for financial reasons, such as having a lower mortgage, so the homeowner is better able to save more or contribute to their retirement.  They may choose small home plans for environmental reasons, in order to leave less of a carbon footprint.  A smaller home costs less and uses less energy than a larger home to heat and cool to the same temperature.  They may choose them in order to have less to clean up on any given day.  Whatever the reason, plenty of people choose small home plans, so now you just need to consider whether it might be something that works for you.

Do you tend to spread out your possessions and use up all the space available to you, no matter the size of the space?  Small home plans may help you rein in that tendency, and give you the amount of space you really need.  Even if they don't, it still keeps the mess confined to a smaller space.  Conversely, if you're quite organized, a small home may be all you need, in order to best set up your space.  You may be able to buy your house and send extra funds to your retirement too, and if you're well organized, it might not seem like you're even giving anything up or making any sacrifices.  You may also choose to make it a squeeze to the budget, and spend as much on other things besides housing as possible.

How big your house feels isn't always dependent on the actual square footage of the house.  There are plenty of small homes that can be designed in such a way to make the flow of the home orderly and have it make sense.  There are plenty of larger homes that aren't designed well to take advantage of all the square footage available.  Well designed small home plans utilize every square foot to its maximum potential.  There should be no unused space if other spaces are lacking. 

While you're in the house hunting arena, you have a lot of decisions to make.  Do you want a large or small home plan?  Do you want to have your home built exactly to your specifications or do you want to buy a previously owned home that's currently in the market inventory?  Once you start deciding on your answers to these questions, it will make it easier for you to know what kind of home you're looking for.  You can look at stock house plans, based on the square footage of the home you want, or you can have your home custom built.  If you decide to build, be sure to talk to your residential designer about any special requests or considerations you have for your home. The builder should be able to help guide you to the perfect home for you.  Happy house hunting and have a blast deciding what you want from your home.

 

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This article was published on Monday 15 February, 2010.

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