Up until the last few years, homeowners were obsessed with square footage. “We need a bigger house,” was the motto of many. In the minds of young married couples in particular, bigger was better. The rationale being as our family grows, so does our need for additional square footage and extra rooms. And while some still subscribe to that notion, many young families are getting creative to show that it’s not so much the square footage that’s important—it’s what you do with it.
There’s a lot to be said for imagination when it comes to building a house, particularly smaller houses. “Families don’t necessarily need as much square footage as they think they do,” says Chuck Tripp of Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. “There are lots of creative ways to maximize space and expand your living experience with a smaller house. You no longer have to have 3,500+ square feet to take advantage of luxury amenity rooms such as theater rooms, studio or office spaces, large utility rooms, library-study areas, even workout rooms.”
Open things up
Large open windows and doors, sun tunnels, and skylights have become popular for homeowners, as they give the impression of additional space and brighten up living areas.
Also, a recent trend has been to knock down walls and open up space you already have. This actually increases the shared living space of a home and expands the social flow. By eliminating formal living rooms and large dining rooms, homeowners are able to create larger great rooms and kitchen areas that serve as social hubs for friends and family. “Homeowners are placing more emphasis on functional, efficient spaces,” says Mr. Tripp. “Instead of buying a 4,000-square foot house, couples are opting for smaller designs and eliminating walls and barriers that separate or confine people. For example, by eliminating the wall between the kitchen and the great room, mom or dad can keep an eye on small children or interact with guests while cooking dinner.”
We’re here to help
If you have an idea or a question about optimizing the living space in a smaller house, we’d like to hear from you. There are many options and designs available that can be customized to your needs and lifestyle. “At Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc.,” Tripp says, “we are constantly striving to meet the demands of homeowners. With better, more flexible building materials, we have more options than ever before. And ultimately, that’s what today’s customers are looking for—more options.”
To learn more, visit dongardner.com or call one of our professional DAG representatives to ask specific questions or discuss options: 800.388.7580.