Get a bigger view, even with a smaller home.

When asked to discuss contemporary design for smaller homes, the first things that architects mention are clean lines and natural light. They should have lines that are simpler and windows that are proportionally larger, compared to larger houses. 

While contemporary trim may be minimalist, compact spaces need to be perfect because homeowners can scrutinize the craftsmanship. “On homes with small square footage, the architects and builders we work with put a lot of care into the little details,” says Greg Pearson, an architectural consultant with JELD-WEN. 

But big windows are only a starting point. Here are some other tips to consider. 

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