- Sharing spaces (do you really need an office AND media room AND guest bedroom?)
- Remove formal spaces (that vestigial living room is not much more than a furniture museum)
- Build furniture into rooms (probably should only be reserved for the Master Craftsman)
- Provide ample storage (you don't need more square footage to live in, just more to store your consumerism)
- Enhance trim and detail (turn that dinger into a zinger)
- Bring the outdoors in (covered decks and porches cost a fraction of the house)
- Calculate square footage of the home;
- Calculate square footage of anything sitting on your floor;
- Double the second number;
- Subtract it from the first number.
Some builders might argue that smaller houses use more materials per square foot, and therefore cost more per square foot to build. Sure, they're right. But will those builders be paying the utility bills that are based on volume after the home is occupied? You can bet not! Quite appropriately the builders are only concerned with making as much money as possible and small homes do not allow as big a profit.
Some plan collection websites have a page dedicated to small houses. Istockhouseplans entire webpage is dedicated to smaller homes.