Australians are building fewer McMansions as more apartments are built, the average floor size is now 186.3 metres but we’re still building the second largest freestanding houses in the world after the US. An article by Frank Chung November 2018 for news.com.au
Small houses reduce the carbon footprint
Small houses use less resources and construction materials to build, reducing the greenhouse emissions produced in comparison to the typically constructed houses favoured in Australia. They also reduce the carbon footprint requiring less energy to heat and cool.
Small houses cost less to build and maintain
The cost of building is calculated by a square metre rate therefore building a smaller house is significantly more affordable. This option should be considered by first home-owners, those wanting to downsize, or families with the land who may want to invest in a second dwelling for adult children or to accommodate elderly parents (a viable alternative to aged care).
Small houses designed for the Australian climate use less electricity to heat and cool, so is an effective solution against rising electricity costs.
Small houses cost less to furnish, takes less time to clean and overtime require less maintenance. These advantages free-up your hit pocket and time, leaving you free to spend your time and money on what’s valuable to you!
Can invest more in renewable and sustainable materials.
Not all small homes are designed for energy efficiency or use sustainable materials, however reducing the size of a home means that more consideration can be given towards the materials used in construction such as using timbers instead of concrete and steel, orientating the house to capture breezes, planning for shade, raising the house to allow for breezes and reducing the potential for flooding.
Size and function
It is a misconception that big means improved functionality and therefore a requirement for a family. What is important when building a small home is that these are cleverly designed for quality of living and encompass the following principles:
· Maximising space and light.
· Functionality (designed based on the client’s living needs).
· Airflow and comfort to suit the Australian climate.
· Natural construction and sustainable materials.
· Connection to the outdoors.
· Aesthetics is not compromised.
Current cheap small house solutions do not consider these aspects, so ensure when building small that you engage a qualified expert in small house design to guide you through the process.