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A couple build their home in 50m², with love and a little budget!

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There is something truly heartwarming about a young couple's quest for the perfect little home. Despite a small plot and limited budget, the owners of today's property managed to craft something practical, chic and homely. Quite a feat, huh? Built in just 50sqm, this unique abode was tailor-made to reflect the needs and lifestyle of the soon-to-be-weds. Packed full of quirky storage solutions and striking design, you'd never know its construction costs were constrained!

So if you're looking for some real, low-cost home inspiration—and you want to see what they achieved—read on for our little photo tour!

Narrow foundations

Had we not told you earlier that this was a 50sqm place, you wouldn't have guessed looking at this, right? One of the undeniable pros of building a vertical structure!

Right from the word go, the architects were faced with the constraints of working and constructing on a rather steep slope. But by levelling the ground, laying a foundation and building a solid brick fence around the perimeter, they overcame the challenge and ensured that the house would be immune to the periodic flooding prone in this area, thanks to heavy rains. Our architects can help you find solutions to problems such as this. 

The home takes shape

This rendered perspective gives you a first taste of what the house looks like inside, and how each zone is separated (and connected). The entrance, in a departure from the usual, is situated on the upper level, which is reached via a flight of stairs on the side of the house. 

The rooms might look small (and of course they are), but they have been designed based on the minimal requirements of the clients whose main brief was to keep it practical yet cosy. 

Optimising space with levels

Clever design can make all the difference to a house, especially when you're working with both limited space and budget. Here you can see the relationship between the different areas in the house, but what you can't tell immediately from the picture is that the wooden surface is actually the floor! This is achieved through a subtle change in the levels. A cleverly-designed recess allows one to sit on the floor while looking out onto the kitchen. 

The kitchen area itself has been designed as its own space but thanks to the cutout design, the feeling you get is more that of an open kitchen.

Ingenious storage solutions

The issue of storage is a huge headache when it comes to small spaces. You can't quite live without it, but you can't live with it (strewn all around) either. So you need to be smart about how you organise the space you have. The key is to find a solution that takes up double duty. 

Here, the architects have taken it up a notch. A wooden shelf has been accommodated in the space between the outer kitchen wall and the entry. But there's also a smartly-woven in ladder (look closer!) that takes you up to the attic. Et voila!  

A 5-star mezzanine

Speaking of the 'attic', here we are. It's more of a mezzanine really. Either way, here's a space that doubles up as an entertainment zone plus a recreation area where the owners can come and chill or indulge in their hobbies. And yes, there's a beamer that projects movies onto the gabled surface. And notice how by constructing vertically, the architects managed to 'rise above' the other houses, making for an unobstructed view.

If you want to be blown away by more cleverly-designed small spaces, check out The 40sqm home built in 45 days.

Are you impressed by the way this couple used their limited space?
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