How to downsize your home: Ideas for scaling back in style

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For most people, there comes a time when downsizing your home can be a great idea. Whether it is life events, such as children flying the nest, or down to a practical need to scale back financially, there are lots of reasons why moving from a larger house into a smaller residence can come about. 

Although it is understandable to worry about making the transition from spacious and sprawling to compact and cosy, there is absolutely no need why small house design should mean living in cramped or uncomfortable conditions. Providing you plan your layout well and think through what your priorities are, 'bijou' homes can actually be a real joy to spend time in.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.