Eco Tip #6 Small vs Big Homes: The Good, The Bad and The Untold When Making THE Decision.
If you were to ask Marie Kondo, you wouldn't be reading this. Minimalism and other trends have made it so that the only way to speak publicly about possessions is to state that you only want what's necessary.
And yet, there's a certain appeal to a bigger house. After all, the Queen doesn’t live in a studio apartment, right?
With all this conflict going on, it is only natural that you're trying to make up your mind when it comes to your home's size. Therefore, our goal in this article is not to convince you to swing one way or the other. Moving forward, we'll lay out a couple of dealbreakers that we believe you should have in mind when choosing the ideal home for you, your family (or lack thereof) and your specific needs.
Hopefully, this will help you get started on the right foot!
Dealbreaker #1: Costs. Big is expensive.
Probably what deters most people from thinking about a big home.
The truth is that houses basically run on money, so a bigger one does little but to scale the costs for you. Lighting up a dark corner costs money. Warming up every room in the winter costs money. Sadly, everything from cleaning supplies to furnishing a house is expensive.
The good news in this respect is that, when it comes to houses, costs seem to scale linearly, so it's relatively easy to project how much you'll spend, at least comparatively. Not that this makes living in a million-dollar Beverly Hills mansion any cheaper.Dealbreaker #2 Materials. Less quantity can mean higher
A house has to be made of something, right?
Whether you're building or buying, having everything be the best possible quality gets more complicated with scale. And, unlike maintenance costs, the way materials interact with each other matters, so saving in one place can result in problems elsewhere.
This point is particularly important if you're buying a home: When looking at a big house, remember to check whether the materials' quality is proportional to its size. There is a fair chance that builders have taken their chances to cut corners, particularly when they have an incentive to do so, so it’s better to check twice.
When it comes to materials, you can’t leave it up to chance, that’s for sure.
Dealbreaker #3 Stuff. A small place requires a delicate
balance (but there's a caveat)
We're all different in the number of things that we need.. or think we need, which for our purposes is the same thing.
Depending on your style and choices, a small house can be an excellent place to practice minimalism and dive deep into the task of keeping only the essentials. Or a total nightmare. Sure, you don't want every minimal change to alter your home completely, but you also don't want your bare-minimum requirements to feel like clutter.
Paradoxically, a small home dramatically decreases your chances of becoming a hoarder while making it easier to feel like one. The way you choose to think about this is entirely up to you.
Dealbreaker #4 Time. And not only for cleaning.
Just like they do with money, bigger houses tend to consume more time and occupy more space in your mind. You won't just spend more time cleaning your home and fixing anything that needs to be fixed, but you'll also spend more time worrying about it, improving it, etc.
This is, perhaps, the one category where you can't throw money or a change of attitude at your problems. More room means more things to worry about, notice, or just to keep in mind. By choosing bigger, you are trading up peace of mind and chunks of your time.
Dealbreaker #5 Social life. Who's coming over?
We aren't touching the subject of how many people will live in your house because we know that's already on your mind. However, have you considered how your social life will interact with your place?
If you have a small circle or don't like to invite others to visit your den, a tiny house is the end of the conversation when it comes to this category. However, if you love hosting parties, this doesn't mean you should automatically opt for a smaller place: You should also consider the size of your outdoor space. A socialite with a big yard can make adjustments to enjoy some company without going through the troubles of a big home.
There's no one-size-fits-all solution for this dealbreaker, but we hope you have the tools you need to assess this point by yourself.
Dealbreaker #6 Hot, cold, and everything in between. The
fight against the elements.
Your house is your shield against the world, and big means more room for failure. In the winter, every crack needs to be sealed. In the summer, A/C costs might make your wallet bleed. This is another category where there is a clear winner: If you'd like to keep your house either warm and cool with ease, smaller's always better.