To enlarge a small house, we present 10 design ideas for your consideration. Follow them to make your small house seem more accessible, inviting and larger than it really is.
First take a look at two examples, one cottage and one house on wheels, and see their spacious appeal. What are they doing?
10 design ideas for small houses
- Include an outdoor room — build outside the house, to make a major impact on how your home feels inside.
- Invest space in transitions — plan transitions ranging from stairs, hallways and balconies to beams and different ceilings.
- Use contrasts in light and color — place light in the foreground with slightly darker areas in the background to create perspective.
- Create contrast with scale — vary the scale of objects and elements from larger than normal to smaller than normal.
- Organize the house into distinct zones — create the impression that it contains multiple rooms and spatial domains.
- Develop multiple orientations — use windows to vary the focus from nearby features to distant horizons.
- Accentuate the dimensions — maximize sight lines, to extend space beyond its perceived boundaries.
- Put illusion to work — manipulate the scale of objects; design a space that beckons visitors into an area.
- Use thick edges and built-ins — try counter tops, window jambs and door thresholds to give the impression of strength.
- Include multipurpose rooms — combine different activities that occur at dif-
ferent times in the same space.