Small House Plans – Ten Quick Tips on Home Design For That Smaller House Plan

Small House Plans – Ten Quick Tips on Home Design For That Smaller House Plan

Picking and designing home plans is a blast. One of the nice things about my work in building and remodeling is the chance to learn from various industry professionals. And working with architects to design homes is one of the most fun.

I’d like to share some things I’ve learned when designing or selecting a smaller home. Smaller house plans require a little more scrutiny and creativity so they feel larger when lived in.


If you’re thinking of building a smaller home, pay attention to these factors and your home will feel and be more livable.

One or more rooms should extend wall to exterior wall where possible.
Keep the interior open and flowing, not cut up.
Eat in a bigger kitchen and eliminate the formal Dining Room.
Have French doors open to a screened in or sun room.
Have plenty of windows in main living areas.
Try a shared, larger bathroom with a separate toilet room.
Reduce or eliminate hallways.
Try a detached garage with plenty of storage in the attic.
Use vaulted ceilings where possible with a loft.
Instead of 8 foot ceilings, increase to 10 foot.
Home Plan Design Requires Scrutiny

Use these tips to select pre-made plans or when using an architect. Either way, you should make decisions on what is most important to you in a home. For most, small homes need to feel large and inviting.

The goal is to make the best use of the available space in every place possible. Finding spaces for storage is vital. Combined rooms is a big help. Good design will all but eliminate hallways. This gives more space to popular areas.


Small doesn’t have to be cramped. If you list your priorities and put your emphasis on what’s most important, you’ll get what you really want despite the size.