Large homes cost more. Small homes cost less.
This is the general understanding of most homeowners, but that does not need to be the case. If you have a strict budget, consider scaling down the size of your home and exchange square feet for quality.
Instead of a massive home made from average quality materials, you can have a small home made from high quality materials that make you feel better about yourself and your surroundings.
Consider the way you feel when entering a home that you are not familiar with. As you enter through the doorway, your thoughts and feeling change as to your perception of what this dwelling means.
Your perception begins with your first experience of viewing the home from the exterior. A large home often gives a sense of foreboding and, if built without great monetary means, the first thing to go is often the architectural features that give uniqueness to a property.
As you continue through the home, your perception of the owner’s uniqueness changes. How does the area portray this person? Does it showcase their individuality or their acceptance of the status quo?
Built in nooks, such as shelving and sitting areas, are one way to take advantage of the space that you already have. Another is to use variations of ceiling heights to give the feeling of a larger room without all of the wasted space. Be careful of the cost of a vaulted ceiling, it may not be the best use of your money.