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More Tips for Making the Most of Your Small Yard

Posted by Jill Perney on Wed, Nov 18, 2015

Small Garden Inspiration

We’re back with some more tips to make the most of your small yard. Just like small houses, small yards can be an exciting challenge or a blessing in disguise. Follow these tips for making the most of what you’ve got.

1. Use perspective to trick your eyes. By using perspective to create parallel lines that converge to a vanishing point, you can create the illusion of a larger space. By making objects in the distance seem farther away, you create the idea of a large garden. Similarly, creating a diagonal view can create the illusion of a larger space. Raised beds built in a stair pattern, or a zig-zagging path can help achieve this. Here's a great idea for a DIY garden path. 

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Topics: DIY home improvements, home maintenance, Millennial home buyers, tiny house

When it Comes to Your First Home, Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Posted by Jill Perney on Thu, Nov 12, 2015

The Not So Big House

In the “bigger is better” world that we live in, it can sometimes feel like a small house is just not going to help you keep up with appearances. Far from being low-budget knock-offs of the American Dream, a small house can be a very sound investment, especially as your first home.

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Topics: housing market trends, first time home buyer, Millennial home buyers, tiny house

Is it Time to Migrate to a Smaller Nest?

Posted by Jill Perney on Thu, Oct 22, 2015

Flying the Coop to Downsize

Life can present many situations that lead you (or force you) in to downsizing. Whether your decision is voluntary or necessary, there can be many benefits to flying the coop and settling in a smaller nest. Here are just a few benefits and tips to keep in mind if you’re considering a move.

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Topics: housing market trends, tiny house, downsizing

What to Do with the Small Yard that Came with Your Small House

Posted by Jill Perney on Mon, Oct 12, 2015

The Not So Big Yard

So you’ve just bought a lovely small house, and you’re all settled in when you look out the window, and think “now what am I supposed to do with such a small garden and yard?” Never fear – we have some great pointers for you and how to plan big things in your small space.

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Topics: homeowner information, DIY home improvements, home maintenance, Millennial home buyers, tiny house

8 Tips for Buying Furniture for a Small House

Posted by Jill Perney on Mon, Oct 5, 2015

Living Simply in Small Places

Whether you’re looking to buy a small house as your first home, or your downsizing to something smaller, it can seem daunting to either find furniture for your smaller home, or fit what you already have inside!

Here are 8 tips and tricks for creating space, fitting your stuff, or buying new.

1. Use Small Scale Furniture. It seems obvious, but choose furniture that is scaled to your space. A gigantic sectional sofa may not make sense for a 650 square foot studio apartment. Instead try for a smaller scale sofa that doesn’t have wide arms that take up more valuable space. Keeping your furniture smaller scale will keep the room from being over cluttered and non-functional.

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Topics: first time home buyer, tiny house, home decor, downsizing

6 Ways to Make your Yard Bird Friendly - No Matter the Size

Posted by Jill Perney on Thu, Sep 24, 2015

Let Your Yard Go to the Birds

No matter if you have an expansive estate, or a small yard behind your townhouse, there numerous things you can do to create a bird and bug friendly environment. From focusing on planting native plants, to providing year round water, here are 6 ways to help encourage birds to your yard.

1. Provide water throughout the year. This could be as simple as a bird bath, or as complex as a pond or water feature. Just be sure to regularly clean and freshen the water in the bath, and use a small heater in winter to keep the water from freezing. Also be sure to keep your water source away from shrubs and bushes that can hide predators.

Interested in adding a pond? Check our our blog here for some ideas!

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Topics: DIY home improvements, home maintenance, tiny house, downsizing

5 Tips for Landscaping Around Your Small House

Posted by Jill Perney on Mon, Sep 14, 2015

Landscaping For a Small Yard

Just like the small house that you live in, a bit of strategic planning and good use of space can transform your small yard into a lush oasis able to take you away from all the stress and hurry of everyday life.

Here are 5 tips to help you create your own little slice of heaven:

1. Outdoor rooms. Think of your yard like you think of the inside of your home. Break the space up into different areas, and carve out little outdoor “rooms”. By breaking up the space you can actually make it seem larger since you’ll be able to look out at the space and see all the “rooms” at once. These multiple focal points can also create little visual surprises throughout the space.

2. The four seasons. Plan your plantings ahead of time so you can enjoy your garden in all seasons. By taking the time to plant flowers, shrubs, and trees that bloom at different times and spread throughout the year, you won’t actually make your garden larger, but you’ll be able to enjoy it in all seasons. Yes, I know plants don’t normally bloom in the winter, but think about how different plants and bushes will look in the snow. Ornamental grasses and boxwoods will still give you color, shape, and texture throughout the year.

Learn more about your options for financing your own small slice of paradise.

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Topics: DIY home improvements, home maintenance, Millennial home buyers, tiny house, downsizing

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