I'm Amanda and I’m passionate about creating a well loved and well lived in home for my family and I I'd love to help you do the same!
I truly believe that any house can be
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In order to afford a few acres of land close to the city, we
This was what the house looked like when we bought it.
See the exterior renovation: A Modern Country Style Exterior Makeover
The location of our house was perfect. Even though it’s in the country, it’s only a 5 minute drive to a town that has groceries, schools etc… and a 15 minute drive to the closest major city. We were willing to compromise on the size of the house to be so close to amenities. Now that we have 2 kids that we drive to activities etc… we know we made the right choice!
We really wanted a beautiful, private property when we were looking for a home. This house was on 4 fenced and treed acres, with a pond and a large garage/workspace for Mark. The smaller footprint of the house made the extra land affordable. Having so much outdoor space really encourages to get outside, get fresh air, and be active.
Something my 25-year-old self didn’t really think about when we were house hunting was the cost of maintaining a property. Taxes, utilities, routine maintenance and repair costs all add up, and the smaller the house smaller the bills!
Living in a smaller space forces you to live a more minimal lifestyle. I routinely clean out outgrown clothing, toys, gifts etc… Anything that we don’t use or love gets donated. Living with less clutter means less stress and a happier home! Read about how to practise Moderate Minimalism.
I love that a smaller space forces our family to be together lol! In a large house, there are so many different places to be that I feel like you can lose each other in all that space. Our bedrooms and living spaces are all in close proximity and there’s a cozy feel created by the closeness.
With the global warming crisis that we are facing minimalism is key. I had the pleasure of meeting HGTV’s Bryan Bauemler at the Edmonton Home Renovation Show this year. He gave a really excellent talk on how the best thing we can do as a homeowner is to buy a small, well-built house and make it as efficient as possible. I couldn’t agree more!
Living within or below your means, by not taking on the financial burden of a large home, means more money left over for fun! Spend that extra cash on new experiences, travel, hobbies, savings or investments instead!
The older I get, the more I appreciate this perk of small space living! It’s so much easier to clean a small house. There are fewer bathrooms, smaller floor spaces, and just generally less clutter to keep under control. Even if you pay a cleaner to come in, it costs less. We are able to afford a cleaner because the square footage is smaller!
Downsizing is trending right now as so many baby boomers are selling their large family homes in favour of smaller, more manageable properties. This is a long term game plan, but if you already live in a smaller, less expensive home you may not have to consider leaving it as you age! This also may enable you to retire earlier if you don’t have to deal with the costs of moving.
Fewer square feet = lower cost when you are renovating! We were able to afford better quality hardwood flooring, marble countertops, and some other splurges that we wouldn’t have been able to put in if the house had been any larger! It’s definitely something to consider if you are looking at homes that require updating!
The hardest and best part of small space living is learning to be content! To not always want bigger, better or more. Learning to live happily in a smaller space is a good exercise in practising gratitude not greed in your daily life.
We are so happy with our choice of small space living in a great location! So what do you think? Do you currently live in a small space or are you considering downsizing? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Just leave a comment below!
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