The tiny house movement has been steadily gaining momentum over the past few years. It might seem ironic, but tiny houses are getting bigger and bigger by the day. No, not literally, as almost all of them are still well within the 100 to 400 square-foot range. We meant that it’s blowing up in popularity, especially among retirees and those who desire to live a much simpler lifestyle.
When it comes to tiny houses, you can still live large despite the very limited space. If you’re a tiny house owner or plan to be one sometime in the future, here are a few home improvement tips that will make your tiny home really impressive without going overboard.
Tip# 1: Repurpose existing spaces
Before carrying out any home upgrades to your space, carefully evaluate which areas need work and what your goals are. In the case of unused rooms and spaces, you can have them repurposed and converted into something else. An unused room can now be a home office to get remote work done or a nursery if a couple is expecting.
Tip #2: Give it a fresh new paint job
Perhaps the simplest and most efficient way to give any house, big or small, an inexpensive yet striking upgrade is to give it a fresh paint job. You can easily get this done as a weekend project if you know a thing or two about painting houses. If you can’t tell the difference between a paintbrush and a roller, you better call the professionals to be sure.
Tip #3: Make use of every space you have
In certain cases, some smaller homes and apartments aren’t fully utilized. Depending on how the unit is designed, some spots are just wasted space waiting to be used. Identify which areas in and around your house can be converted into something useful. For instance, a vacant nook can be used as a small exercise or reading corner, or perhaps some plants can be brought in and placed on that spot.
Tip #4: Go up or out
Expansion is one of the main challenges in a small house, especially if your lot area is limited. But it doesn’t mean that you can no longer make any additions to your unit. Without breaking the bank, you can always add extra space, such as some lofts or a deck, to increase your tiny house’s floor area. However, before making any changes to your abode’s structure, make sure you check in first with a licensed engineer to ensure you are not violating any local building codes.
Tip #5: Make it smart
Automation and smart home technology can also be installed in tiny houses. Many great products allow you to convert your small house into a smart one, such as installing a few solar panels, a home battery, some smart windows, and other energy-saving devices that help you save money and save the environment.
Tip #6: Go with sliding doors
Sliding doors are space savers as far as smaller homes are concerned. You get to save up a couple of square feet by simply installing sliding doors instead of those that swing. Some tiny house owners even have their doors slide into walls not to compromise the aesthetics of their house.
Tip #7: Install picture windows
Installing large picture windows does two things for a tiny house. It lets more natural light indoors, which helps the owner save more money on their energy consumption. It also opens up the small space and makes it appear a lot bigger than it actually is.
Tip #8: Add a little green indoors
Just because the house is small doesn’t mean you can no longer bring the outdoors inside. A few well-placed indoor plants here and there can make it cozier and add a little personality to the small space. Plus, plants are a great natural air conditioner and purifier.
Tip #9: Be smart yet creative with storage
Storage is always a concern with tiny houses. This is why those who decide to transition to tiny house living need to be willing to let go of a lot of their belongings. After all, tiny house living is all about simplifying and downsizing. But that doesn’t mean that you have to be a minimalist. You need to be more creative with storage space and utilize areas that you normally wouldn’t in a normal-sized house.
Shelves, drawers, multifunctional pieces of furniture, overhead storage spaces, drawers all around, and concealed storage are all great options for smaller spaces. You need to figure out which one works well for your home.
Your living space may be limited, but the supply of great home improvement ideas is practically endless. That’s one of the fun things about tiny house living. Upgrading the home is inexpensive, easier, and creatively challenging.