SMALL SPACES CALL FOR CREATIVE OUT THE BOX THINKING. Don't short change yourself by being stuck on a sketch or concept, be open to suggestions.
I touched on this one briefly in the Tips and Tricks #2. So many people believe a sketched plan they have done, will help a designer and often there is an illusion that this will reduce the time a designer needs to spend on your project and reduce the designers' fees. This actually makes the designers' job harder. There is merit in understanding how you want your spaces to flow and link to one another, but collecting plans and copy and pasting them together is not the best method of design.
The reason why I say there is great benefit in being open to ideas is that we all operate from a place from what we know. It is the natural state of our brain and quite essential to survival. However designing and building your dream space, that works with your lifestyle in the current time to also be a space you can live in future times ahead, requires letting go of what has been and an embrace of what could be. So many people create bigger spaces for fear they would be too small. This of course influences budget. As land sizes decrease and building costs increase, its simply a matter of when not if, smaller spaces become more of a consideration.
Its quite natural to unconsciously recreate what we have had in the past, whether we are aware of it or not. But Albert Einstein said, "the height of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result." If where we lived today works perfectly for us, we wouldn't be thinking of changing. The reality is that our lives to change, we change, our environment changes and so we need to change. We also need to change what we are creating.
Being open to ideas, being open to having your comfort zone pushed is the only way that anyone can embrace a living space different from what they have had before. It also is key to creating a living space that works just perfectly for you, the one who pays and lives in it. Being open to the design process allows that creative innovative thinking to start to develop something new and something tailored for you. The hard part is being open to that and trusting the process, trusting yourself in the process.
Smaller spaces don't have to feel small, they have to offer more opportunities. They are cheaper to build, easier to heat, quicker to clean and allow more space between you and your neighbours. Don't short change yourself by copy and pasting together the past creations to create your future one.
To see some examples of Small Smart Spaces projects that I have designed (and one I live in) click HERE.