Designing a Small House

28 May 2015

Britain has smallest houses in europe 

A recent study by the University of Cambridge has found the Britain’s homes are the smallest in Europe. With a rising population, already building congested cities and a housing shortage it is conceivable that house sizes will continue to shrink as architects and designers look to get the most out of small spaces.

Satish Jassal Architects recently completed a small brick home in Haringey that measures only 51m2. The two storey home was built on the site of a derelict garage at 3.6m x 11m in size. The architect’s vision was to create a useable, bright modern home on this difficult plot and the result seems to meet its requirements.

With clever detailing and design even homes on narrow, small plots can be bright, modern houses. At the Haringey home the Oak windows and panels become bespoke fixed furniture inside whilst the front garden as a double use as a bicycle store.

Windows and transparent surfaces are important to bring light into small houses. Lots of natural light will make a space seem bigger. If there are restrictions on the window placements or sizes perhaps consider rooflights and glass floors internally to allow light to travel through the spaces.

A well thought through lighting design is important. You don’t want to overwhelm a small space with bright, artificial lights but create a positive, brightening glow to a home, especially in areas that may not receive a lot of natural light.

Tricky design areas for small houses are rooms were certain installations cannot be removed or ignored. Areas such as the kitchen and bathroom that require space for an oven, storage, showers, toilets, all of which a home cannot do without.

A specialist kitchen and bathroom designer, like IQ Kitchens and Bathrooms, will be a necessity to ensure that all aspects of your bathroom and kitchen design, such as storage and predicted movement through the space, are thought through for a tricky or small space.

Make the most of any outdoor areas you have too. By making any garden or courtyard areas available as accessible as possible you can effectively extend you home outside. Bi folding doors or French doors work best on small openings and an external fireplace and seating area will create a summer living room outside of your small internal areas.

Take a look at our Pinterest Board for more small house design inspiration.  


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