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Honest Abe Living, January 2021

12 Essentials for Small Home Design


If you’re thinking about building a custom timber home, there are a lot of good reasons to go small. From reducing your maintenance and energy costs to truly living in every square foot you build, everyone has his or her reasons to downsize.

But building small isn’t quite as easy as taking a large floor plan and shrinking it down.

“There are a variety of specific considerations that come into play when you choose to design a home on a smaller scale,” says Donna Peak, editor of Log and Timber Home Living “If a trim-and-tidy timber home is on your list of must-haves, there are certain essentials to keep in mind.”

Peak offered 12 tips, tricks and ideas to create home that’s sweet and petite.

Combining the living area, kitchen and dining room in a small footprint, expanding outdoor living space, going vertical with storage space and choosing smaller appliances are just a few of Peak’s ideas for making the most of a small home design.




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Cooking at home has become more of a necessity over the past year, but it’s also fun and rewarding. Lodge Cast Iron and King Arthur Flour teamed up to create a pizza with fresh bread crust and irrestable toppings cooked in a cast iron skillet.

The Ravenwood Plan – A Small Home Big on Style

The Ravenwood’s full-length covered porch supported by heavy posts on stone pylons appeals to a revived interest in mixing stone, logs and timbers to recreate an early 20th century yet modern look.

Two dormers hint at the Cape Cod style, leaving the plan open to several interpretations.

The 1,030-square-foot cabin has a first floor with all necessary living spaces, making the cabin convenient as a starter house, vacation cabin or retirement house. There’s a living area opening onto a back deck that spans the side of the house, a separate kitchen and a master suite with a full bath.

Upstairs there’s a full bath, a bedroom with knee-wall storage and a loft open to the living area below.

Register now to download the premium plans, which include renderings, elevations, dimensions or download the basic plan here.