There are many reasons to build a smaller house, for instance, maybe your kids are all grown up and gone from your sprawling 1.5-story, Mediterranean-style home. The two of you have stayed in the house with the intention of having your out-of-town kids and grandkids come and stay with you for the holidays. With those good intentions in mind, you’ve got at least three or four empty bedrooms that aren’t used for more than about week each year – not to mention the rarely used formal dining room, lower-level game room and upstairs study loft. These are areas you rarely venture into anymore, let alone spend time in, and you’ve started to realize that you’re heating, cooling, lighting, maintaining, insuring and paying taxes on wasted space.
If it’s less square footage you seek, make a list of the living spaces you actually do use and need – not the dream list you might have concocted “back in the day.” For example, do you actually use a formal dining room or formal living room? (You might…but how often?) Would it suffice to have just one secondary bedroom? Do you have teenagers who might be leaving within a few years? Do you still need a large kitchen with miles of counter space and a cavernous walk-in pantry?
If you are interested in building small, a few of our favorite small house plans are listed below, but feel free to check out our entire collection of house plans. If you still aren't sure which size plan you need be sure to check out our blog on choosing the right sized house plan.