Small House Design: Expert Advice and Ideas for Compact Builds

a small open plan house layout
(Image credit: Mark Ashbee)

Even if you're building a modest property, small house design will help you make the very most of your space, ensuring its an inspiring space to spend time in. 

That's one of the main benefits of self build — the chance to make a home, no matter its size, work to its full potential means that even a limited budget can go a long way in creating a house that's a dream to live-in. 

Pete Tonks

Pete is an award-winning architectural designer. He began his career as an architectural technician with self build specialist Potton in 1984. He went on to set up his own practice, PJT Design Ltd, in 2003 and has been designing self build homes and extension schemes for over three decades. He is also a specialist in designing oak frame homes, partnering with oak frame specialist Oakwrights. 

In 2015, Pete co-founded PJT Custom Build Ltd, a bespoke project management company, which delivers custom-built homes from conception to completion.

He has recently completed his own contemporary self build project.