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The recent mortgage crisis has redefined comfortable living for many Americans. American houses of the yesteryears were apparently just a tad bit too spacious. Housing market figures show that smaller homes are in demand as larger homes are shunned. Experts predict that the average size of homes is likely to shrink to an approximate 2100 square feet in the next 4 to 5 years. Where gardens are already a luxury few can afford, living rooms are expected to face the axe next.

Since an average American family is likely to consider constructing a smaller home, this article will provide plenty of helpful tips to help make the house appear big and cozy.

Eliminate Walls

The construction phase of any house is its most crucial stage. This is when you can play around with different ideas to ensure your living space looks grand. If your home is on the tiny side of small, chances are that the house is intended for a couple. In this case the most attractive (and cost-effective) solution would be to eliminate walls completely and add plenty of windows. Of course for privacy purposes, it is recommended to ignore this suggestion for bathroom space!

To differentiate between rooms, work with soft colors and varying floor and roof heights. For example, your dining area and kitchen walls can be on a lower level, and a step up on the wooden flooring would lead to a cozy sitting area where you can entertain guests during dinner parties. For a one bedroom home, the first floor hosts the master bedroom, along with the master bath. To extend the privacy to bedrooms without installing walls, use glazed glass walls and windows with light drapery.

Lighting

It is an absolute necessity to have multiple big windows in a small house. Not only does the resulting transparency create the illusion of expanded space, but allows daylight to flood living spaces. Don’t dress your windows with heavy curtains; instead use light sheer fabric. If you live near the equator where the sun dominates the year, consider installing reflective glass – some light will infiltrate into your home without heating it up.

After sundown, use artificial lighting. Lamps are available in all shapes and sizes; from floor lamps, to table ones to the very attractive and funky ones to cheer up the interior of your house.

Reduce Clutter/Hide Storage Spaces

One of the many challenges of small spaces is lack of storage room. However, smart planning during the construction phase can tackle this problem. Hiring a smart and resourceful architect is the best investment you can make for your small home. The purpose of concealed spaces under floor boards, hidden drawers, and spaces behind cabinets or wall paintings is not just to hide valuables. In fact the one reason hotel rooms seem so inviting is because they are completely free of clutter. There is no excess; just the bare necessities.

To achieve the same look and feel for your home, concealed drawers, compartments and closets is the best way to go about. To take it to another level, use spaces for several purposes. Furniture stores carry plenty of smart designs; with desks pulled out to reveal desks, foldable dinner tables… the list is endless if you employ your creativity to transform your house.

Author Bio: Ethan S. writes for TotallyMoney, an outstanding resource for personal finance needs and credit cards for bad credit.