Small Home Design

A tiny home, be it a small house or an apartment, can actually be very nice and cozy. Such homes contain only the most essential items you need for your daily living. And, there is a positive side to this. In a tiny home, there is no place for unessential stuff that tends to clutter our living space.

A tiny red house on grass

Living in a small home reduces the purchase, construction and maintenance expenses. It is also a smart choice and an important contribution to environmental protection since you can optimize the consumption of natural resources by reducing your heating and lighting bills.

Another big advantage is that you can easily design your own tiny home. Below you will find some useful tips on planning a small living space, as well as a free floor plan of a furnished tiny home.

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Useful Tips for Small Homes

Make a List of Necessary Premises

Based on how many people will live in this house or apartment, and their needs, you need to carefully define what premises you need. Try to eliminate unnecessary rooms, leaving only a vital minimum.

A top view of a tiny home created in Live Home 3D

Combine Different Areas

To save space, it’s a good idea to combine different areas or create multi-level designs. For example, design a kitchen to serve as both a living room and office, or locate a study, work desk or even a bathroom under the bedroom.

A screenshot of a tiny home design made in Live Home 3D

Choose the Appropriate Building Materials

If you are interested in a small apartment, this section is not relevant for you. However, if you are building a house, choose the appropriate building material wisely. Your choice highly depends on your climate. Please note that, for a cold climate, insulation and air sealing are critical. For a warm climate, any material will do; just choose the proper roof material and plan the ventilation for the house accordingly so as not to overheat.

Many types of houses exist, some of the most popular being log cabins, standard brick and concrete panel houses. It might be unusual, but houses on wheels, typically made of wood, can be very convenient since they can be transported wherever you want. It can even be a shipping container house built from used containers!

Choose Cool and Light Colors

The color of the interior is very important. By choosing the right color scheme, you can visually enlarge the room. For example, cool and light colors, such as white, pastel and light gray, will create an impression of a larger space. Avoid dark hues, such as black, brown and dark blue.

A screenshot of a tiny apartment in New York with city view designed in Live Home 3D

Choose Compact Furniture

Choose compact furniture that does not take up much space. A great option is furniture that can transform into something or hide when not in use, such as a Murphy bed that can be hidden when not in use.

Rognan robotic furniture
Image Source: IKEA

Ready-To-Use Plan of a Small Home

One more advantage of a small home is that you don’t need to buy a floor plan; simply design it yourself! You can even use the floor plan of a comfortable tiny home we have prepared in the Live Home 3D app. Its square footage is 226 square feet (21 square meters), with a story height of 13.1 feet (4 meters). You can download this interior design by clicking the download button at the bottom of this page and use it as is or modify it for your own needs.

A floor plan of a tiny home made in Live Home 3D

Such a tiny apartment can be a cozy home for two people. It is cheap to build and will help reduce electric and heating bills due to its small size. We were able to fit the following items into our tiny home project:

  • Sink
  • Multifunctional kitchen
  • Electric cooktop
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining table that can serve as a work desk
  • TV
  • Bed 5.7 feet (1.75 meters) wide
  • Two stools
  • Sofa that can serve as a bookshelf
  • Bookcase
  • Wardrobe
  • Restroom with a shower
  • Washing machine
  • Balcony
Revised: March 2023

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