Structural Engineer + Smaller House = Smarter Use of Space

dollhouse - publicdomainpictures - David WagnerWhile the “norm” used to be that as a family grows, so does its need for more space. A new baby often meant it was time to pack up the moving boxes and move into a larger home. However, a growing trend in both home buying and home building shows an undeniable gravitational pull away from the McMansion and towards a smaller home. Several factors could be at work here:

  1. With so many dual income/activities to the max families out there, fewer folks are spending time actually IN the home.
  2. Smaller homes mean less to clean and maintain.
  3. As the baby boomer segment of our population ages, those homeowners are looking to downsize.

The recent economic downturn that hit the housing market so hard in 2008 was another factor, for certain. While the average home was still a hefty 2300 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 ½ bathrooms in 2012 – according to the National Association of Home Builders – it does give one pause to think “What if I just stay put in my current home and find new ways to use the space?”  Chances are, you could not only save a pretty penny and spare the hassle of packing up and moving, but you might also make your home more attractive to a future home buyer.

If you’re considering some changes to your smaller home or wish to purchase a more diminutive domicile, and want to opt for the smartest use of space – you should find a general contractor or renovation company that specializes in structural engineering, like Highlight Homes of Atlanta.  A talented design-build firm that has a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the home can actually reroute your floorplan to one that will serve your family’s needs the best.  If you have a family that loves to cook and entertain, chances are that you’ll want to open up the kitchen area. If guest room space is an issue, you might benefit from an above-the-garage addition or a finished attic. If your family loves the outdoors and feels cramped indoors, an open air living room might serve as the perfect answer. From an interior perspective, built-in bookcases and walk-in closets could help transform the usability of smaller rooms.

Highlight Homes welcomes the opportunity to help you look at your smaller home through entirely new eyes. To schedule a no-obligation consultation with our talented team of experts, please call 678-873-9234 or send an e-mail to If you’d like to learn more about Highlight Homes and the services we provide to homeowners throughout Metro Atlanta, we invite you to visit us online at

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Structural Engineer + Smaller House = Smarter Use of Space