Not long ago, we were often talking about how to make bigger spaces. Now, tiny spaces are in.
In a recent survey by IPX1031, it was found that 56% of Americans would consider living in a tiny home. Of those who don’t own a home yet, 86% said they’d contemplate buying a tiny home as their first abode. Lastly, 84% said they’d consider a tiny home as a retirement living option.
It can be easy to confuse a tiny home with a small bungalow. But as its name states, a tiny home is way smaller. Sizes typically range from 100 – 400 square feet. As such, building it requires fewer resources and emits less carbon dioxide. It’s part of the reason they’re getting popular. Other reasons include a tiny home’s lower costs, higher efficiency, and minimalism.
A cheaper and minimalist home doesn’t have to sacrifice aesthetics, though. Your tiny home also deserves a nice yard and reliable security. And don’t we all need a beautiful curb appeal? So without further ado, here are some curb appeal ideas for your tiny home:
- Gates and Fences
Owning fewer things doesn’t make you invincible to theft. As long as you keep expensive smartphones, cars, or high-end appliances, a burglar will be tempted. Your kids and pets can be at risk if you don’t provide them some security.
Security gates and fences don’t just protect your family and home. They also add character to your exteriors. To avoid concealing your cute tiny home design, choose metal gates or traditional picket fences. You can customize metal gates through precise laser cutting. It can give you more stylish options than picket fences. But of course, that depends on your tastes.
- Maintain Exterior Features
The generic advice of cleaning your yard, keeping your front door appealing, and maintaining your mailbox applies to tiny homes. Don’t let your low-cost home look cheap. If you nailed your house number to the outer walls, don’t let it rust. Do the same for your mailbox and other iron features. Always keep your exteriors looking fresh and updated.
- Add Window Boxes
Since tiny homes don’t usually sit on a landscaped yard, potted plants are the most you’d get for greenery. Place some by your window by building plant boxes on the sill. Add flowers, too. This low-maintenance garden can add so much life to a plain tiny home.
- Use Appealing Outdoor Furniture
Appealing outdoor furniture doesn’t have to be expensive nor brand-new. You can buy them secondhand or upcycle your existing ones. Make them match your home’s design to achieve cohesiveness. Make your canopy tent appealing, too. Opting for pretty furniture is what will make your tiny home more cozy and luxurious. Minimalism doesn’t have to forego beauty and comfort. Remember that.
- Prevent Water Damage
Some tiny homes don’t include gutters, but that’s only acceptable if rainwater won’t flow down to your foundation and risk its integrity. Most of the time, gutters are needed to channel rainwater out of your siding and grounds. It also prevents leaks and water damage.
Without gutters, your grounds can look soggy and muddy during rainy days. So install gutters if you have to, and maintain them well. Clean them during the fall to prevent blockage, and keep tree branches away from them.
- Keep Your Lawn Tidy
Having no landscaped garden shouldn’t make your lawn looking dull. Simply mowing it regularly can make a big difference. If your soil has bare patches, consider covering them with grass, pavers, or big rocks. A garden feature, like a fountain, can also work, though it might be difficult to match a tiny home with a fountain.
- Make Your Tiny Home Unique
If you do not need curb appeal, focus on your tiny home itself. Many tiny homes come prefabricated, so their styles can be generic. And generic hardly suits specific personalities.
Don’t be afraid to make your tiny home exude your personality and tastes. If you’re into the industrial aesthetic, make your tiny home utilitarian but homey. If you like the modern farmhouse look, incorporate classic farmhouse features into your exteriors. Low-cost doesn’t mean a cookie-cutter style, and efficiency isn’t exclusively all-function and no beauty.
Play around with your space and practice your creativity. You may have a smaller canvas to work on, but that will stretch out your ideas and make you more resourceful. With a stunning curb appeal and the dreamy tiny home life, you can live bigger than ever.