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Fake More Space

Posted by Amy Patterson on 10/19/15 4:44 PM

Who doesn’t love a vaulted ceiling? Something about it makes any room appear infinitely bigger, and thus, more appealing. But how can you create the same effect without actually having a super high ceiling…or a large room? Follow these 5 simple tips to make any room look bigger.  

  1. CurtainsNEVER hang your curtain rods at the top of your window frame (unless you already have ridiculously high ceilings…). Doing this immediately makes your wall height, and windows shorter.
  2. Lighting – Leave around 30 inches of space between your table top and your hanging light fixture – any less will make the room look smaller, and any more will make the lighting affect less dramatic.
  3. Pictures – Like curtains, the placement of your picture frames, namely the height from the floor, makes a big impact on the appearance of your wall height. Try to hang pictures 57 inches from the floor.
  4. Spacing – Space your furniture out and place large pieces against the walls of the room – the closer your furniture resembles a giant square or rectangle, the larger your room will appear.
  5. Paint – While darker colors may be appealing, they can actually make rooms look a lot smaller. Try selecting a lighter hue, and if you really want to incorporate a darker color, do it with a statement wall.
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Topics: Homeowners, Home Size

Big Home, Small Lot?

Posted by Amy Patterson on 10/13/15 4:40 PM

According to a recent article by Zillow, homes in the U.S. are growing in size, while the lots on which they sit are shrinking. Data from the late ‘90s shows that the median size of a single-family home in the U.S. has grown by 24% – going from about 2,100 square feet to 2,600 between 1999 and 2014.

However, the lots these expanded homes are sitting on have shrunk by about 10% in the same period – going from 9,600 square feet to 8,600 in the same time frame.

To put this information in an equation that is relative to a specific home size, in 2000, homes had approximately three square feet of lot space per every one foot of indoor home space, however, in 2014, that number dropped to about two square feet of lot per foot of indoor space.

According to Zillow Chief Economist, Svenja Gudell, this trend meets a compromise between builders and homebuyers – specifically, a compromise between what builders can profitably supply (within a close proximity to job hubs) and what homeowners want – bigger homes (and a willingness to accept a smaller lot space).

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Topics: Homeowners, Home Loans, Market, Real Estate, Home Sales, Home Value, Home Buyer, Property, Home Size, Lot Size, Mortgage Market

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