Ideas for building a small and open house include bumping out windows, using glass interior doors and creating a courtyard patio. Other ideas are building in cabinets and shelves as well as installing windows and doors that lead outside.
Bumping out windows is a good way to add space without the cost of building an extra room. Using glass doors on the inside of the house creates movement and allows light to pass through the house, and roller shades or curtains can be added to provide privacy. A small outdoor courtyard helps double the living space in good weather months and is more visually appealing than an empty patch of grass.
Building in drawers, cabinets or shelves allows the space of a small house to be used most efficiently. Doors that open up to the outside are one way to create a more expansive look and atmosphere. Removing walls that aren't needed for support is another way to open up a small house.
Installing clear shower doors and having windows in the bathroom adds natural light and creates a more open feel. Designing rooms that serve multiple purposes expands the functionality of each room, while vaulted ceilings create a more spacious and dramatic appearance.