Space Saver: Things to Consider When Building a Small New Home

The construction of a new home is a significant milestone for any family. However, not everyone is lucky enough to own a large plot of land on which they can build their dream home. If you are planning to build a new home but only have a limited amount of land, you will want to ensure that the design of your new property maximises and makes full use of the space available. Below is a guide to ways in which you can get the most out of the space you have when building a new home.

Pocket Doors

While swinging doors are typically used within residential properties, if space is at a premium, you should consider installing pocket doors instead. Swinging doors require space in which to swing open and closed. This space is effectively dead, as you cannot place furniture or other items within it.

Pocket doors are designed to slide sideways into the wall rather than swinging out into the room, which means you can place furniture and other items close to the door without having to worry about leaving a clearance space.

Open Floor Planning

Open floor planning is becoming increasingly popular. Using an open floor plan is the most effective way of making maximum use of space within a small home. Open floor planning will allow different rooms and areas of the house to flow together, reducing the need to construct hallways which can take up a lot of valuable space. The reduced number of walls will also ensure that your small home doesn't feel too cramped or closed in.

Attic and Basement Space

The attic and basement are frequently forgotten about during the construction of a new home, with many homeowners imagining that these areas can only be used for the storage of items. However, when planning the construction of a new small home, you should consider turning the basement and attic spaces into functional rooms which can be used or lived in by members of your family. 

A basement can provide the ideal location for a gym or other workspace while the attic provides the perfect space for an additional bedroom or study.

If you are in the process of designing your new home, you should speak with a new home build contractor. The contractor will be able to draw on their experience and make recommendations as to how you can best utilise the space you have available.