3 Home Improvement Ideas For The Smaller Property

3 home improvement ideas for smaller homes

If you’re of a certain age, you may have noticed that new-build homes in the UK over the last 40 years have gotten smaller. It’s absolutely true – they have decreased in size by 20%. 

Why have they become so much smaller? It’s all to do with housing developers wanting to build homes at a cheaper cost, and so that they can cram more of them into estates. 

It’s due to this that lots of householders find themselves short of space at home, possibly including yourself?

There’s only so much decluttering you can do before you have to figure out other ways of making your place feel and look more spacious. 

We know of a few ideas you could use for that purpose:

Hang up mirrors on walls

One of the best tricks in the book is to hang mirrors up on several of your walls, but you need the right form of mirrors and they need putting on display in the right places. 

Go with larger mirrors that have a minimal surround, instead of investing in lots of small mirrors and joining them all together. 

Where possible, install the mirrors near a window, and not near a ceiling’s edge, and so that the centre of them is at the height of an average-sized person.


Opt for a light colour scheme

To make a room feel brighter and roomier, it’s best to use a light colour scheme as it will help to reflect, not absorb, the natural light that travels into it. 

We appreciate that a brilliant finish will be too plain for some, so you could select an off-white colour instead for added warmth and to create the illusion of space. 

When painting your walls, ensure that you also continue with the paintbrush and apply the same finish to any trims, doors and the ceiling.

A colour pallette for an extension

Install bi-folding, French or patio doors

You’re missing a trick if you have a garden area, but don’t have a bi-folding, French or patio door that connects to it, as it would allow you to open out your house. 

Whenever you fully open these doors via a folding, sliding or pushing motion, they will unite your indoor and outdoor spaces and leave you with one large living room. 

They won’t even need to be ajar to fill your house with sunlight as bi-folds, French and patio doors each have slender frames and vast glazed sections.

A partly open bi-folding door

Would you like to proceed with the installation of one of these door styles? You need to speak to Hazlemere, or just request a FREE quote.


Our showrooms are our shop windows and we have invested heavily to create extensive displays that best showcase our large range of windows, doors and living spaces. You will receive a warm welcome, plus a proper coffee, and the choice to browse at your leisure without interruption.


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