For many years, in many parts of the world, having the biggest house you could afford (or perhaps, in reality, couldn’t) was seen as a sign that you were successful and living the dream. Nowadays, people’s perceptions of what makes them happy or prosperous have changed, and more economical living is becoming commonplace. Here are some of the benefits of a smaller home.
Vastly Reduced Construction Costs
Our homes are designed to be built as quickly, economically and efficiently as possible. We don’t skimp on quality, but we maximise the benefits of a smaller home. Assembling our housing modules off-site allows us to maintain the very highest standards of workmanship, while keeping on-site costs such as scaffolding and insurance at a minimum. Delivering a weathertight superstructure to site means you’re not susceptible to the elements, and by using UK suppliers and installers, we reduce your carbon footprint too.
Greater Energy Efficiency
In these days of rising household bills, any way to save money is worth investigating. Our homes are designed to maintain a consistent ambient temperature throughout the year, therefore requiring minimal heating and cooling when compared to traditionally-built houses. This is due to the thermal efficiency and airtightness of our homes, coupled with the tremendous accuracy and quality achieved by manufacturing the superstructure off-site in a controlled factory environment.
Easier To Clean & Maintain
It makes sense that a smaller area requires less cleaning, but we have taken things a step further by consciously designing our homes to minimise cleaning and maintenance. We specify materials and products with long lifespans but require very little upkeep, such as uPVC window frames and synthetic finishes which look identical to traditional finishes such as brick or stone, but are both impact and weather resistant.
Wasted Space Kept To A Minimum
When you have a larger home, you don’t tend to worry about whether you’re making efficient use of your space or not. Whole rooms are given over to the storage of junk you’ve hoarded over the years, and the conservatory you built to enjoy a glass of wine in the summer has become home to the washing machine, tumble dryer and dog beds. Living smaller not only encourages you to de-clutter, it promotes intelligent design to make the very most of your footprint.
Easier To Re-Sell
Households containing a single person, or couple with no dependants, accounted for 57% of the population of the UK, according to a 2013 report from the Office of National Statistics. Individuals under 44 are finding it harder to afford their own home, while more 45 to 64-year-olds live alone, due to a fall in marriage rates and an increase in divorce rates. Greater life expectancy means that the number of 65-and-overs living alone has increased by 8% in the preceding decade. The need for small, affordable housing has never been greater.