In recent years, many Americans are trading their dreams building of large houses with dreams of compact, modest homes. Since land prices are currently down, many Americans are opting for buying land and designing the home of their dreams on their own. If you are still not sure weather a small, loft-style home is right for you, consider the following:
Lofts are budget-friendly
Since lofts are smaller, they are cheaper to design and build. Less materials and workmanship goes into making a smaller home, which translates to more money in your pocket for travel, schooling, or other expenses.
Furthermore maintaining a smaller home is less expensive. In most cases, you will end up paying less property tax and your utility costs will lessen significantly.
Since there is less space in a compact home, less furniture can fit in them, which means you spend less money (and time) looking for furniture for your home. You can even splurge on good pieces of furniture that would last you for years to come since you have extra money.
Smaller homes means smaller land
If you always wanted to live in a large city, but was not willing to compromise your dream of a perfect home just for you, consider buying a small plot in an urban area. Since your dream home is smaller, the plot in which you build it on can be much smaller- which opens a whole new world of possibilities.
Lofts are eco-friendly
Not only do lofts use fewer of the earth's resources, they can help you trim your heating / cooling usage since less energy is expanded on heating and cooling of smaller spaces.
In addition, less clutter can go into a smaller home, which means less waste.
Sift through the junk
If you are straggling with clutter issues, a small compact space can help you out. Since your house will no longer be large, you will not have room for extra “just in case” items. You will have to decide what is really important to you, and let go of the rest. You will no longer have “room to expand”, and may there find that you do not buy as many unnecessary items for your home.
Less maintenance-more time for you!
Smaller houses are faster to clean and require much less maintenance then a large house. Rather than spending your weekends cleaning, you can actually enjoy yourself and maybe even relax!
Still not sure? You can find many free loft plans on the internet. As you go through the plans, you too may become a fan of compact living.
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