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Compact living is on the rise!  Land is becoming increasing limited therefore more expensive. The solution, “do what you can, with what you have, where you are,” quote by Theodore Roosevelt.

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The video below gives an example of a compact building in Tokyo.

 

Here are a few tricks to save money, build an elegant stylish compact home without sacrificing your comfort.

1. Proper site analysis.

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2. Explore the different designs and shapes with your designer to utilize the space ably.

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Modern Compact House in Tokyo by Japanese architect Yasuhiro Yamashita.

 

 

3.  Design buildings vertically rather than horizontally.

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Compact two story home.

 

 

4. Create a Rooftop garden.

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5. Use a mixture of exterior materials to add visual interest.

The Bernal Heights Residence by SB Architects

 

6. Bold Geometry is another alternative to designing the exterior of your home.

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Boxhome by Rintala Eggertsson Architects

 

7. Space saving doors. For a list visit :How to achieve an open concept design, save space and still have privacy.

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Folding Doors

 

 

8.  Movable walls. These walls are fantastic for rooms of multiple use.

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Moving interior walls

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Moving exterior walls

 

 

9. Staircase Design. For more information on different types check out : Different Types of Staircases

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10. Convertible furniture also known as space saving furniture or multi-functional furniture.

Convertible Furniture

Convertible Furniture

 

11. Built in storage.

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12. Large windows. Strategically placed windows open up living spaces.

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13. Get creative.

 

 

 

 

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