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My father was a builder, my grandfather was a developer, and my mother was an interior decorator. Our family was all about houses and house design. My favorite past time as a child was drawing up house plans on graph paper. I particularly liked drawing in the doors and windows.
All houses, not just small houses, benefit from quality designs. I'm renting a house right now and it just makes no sense. The entryway and living room as so dark they are not very inviting. And there's no air circulation in the dining room, so we're all sweating by the second course. There's a window in the shower, so the window frame is rotting away. Very bad planning.
One good thing about this house is the landscaping in the front yard. My rental house is in a hot climate, so the big banyan trees provide valuable natural cooling. This brings up two points about house design: landscaping makes a difference and energy-saving design is essential these days.
Landscaping is part of the overall house design. For good results, the designer should consider the landscape possibilities when designing the house. That doesn't mean that the details of what gets planted where need to be decided before the house is built. But it does mean that the house design needs to take into account the natural landscaping and the homeowner's garden desires.
It's not that difficult to design an energy-efficient house. Extra insulation, thermal windows, and other 'green' methods and materials pay for themselves in a few years. Jenny's house is so comfortable; it's easy to heat and has no drafts. That's another advantage of a small house; it's more efficient and therefore less costly to operate and maintain.
Jenny built a custom-designed house, but you can find plenty of great stock house plans that you can modify to fit your needs. Whether you choose a custom design or a stock design, make sure the house design you choose will give you the home you want. And be sure the doors and windows are in the right places!
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