Tiny Home Improvement Projects: 5 Helpful Tips to Consider

Tiny home improvement project ideas for to consider whether you're starting a build or already living tiny.

Have you ever imagined what it feels like to live in a tiny home? Or are you currently living in one? For the past few years, tiny home living has gained attention from individuals who wanted to start living sustainably and independently. Indeed, tiny homes can provide many benefits, from being cost-efficient and practical to prioritizing close bonds and relationships.

Owning a tiny home might not be as easy as it looks. There is upkeep to consider, such as upgrading parts of your home to ensure its longevity and purpose. Checking the state of your home regularly can save you from costly repairs in the future.

In line with that, here are five helpful tiny home improvement tips you should consider to help you live comfortably.

Ray & Erika have made several tiny home improvements after a few years - click to watch tour!

Use High-Quality Materials

Living in a home that will ensure your safety and durability is incredibly important. Quality is king when comes to achieving both.

But when you're trying to upgrade and improve some parts of your tiny home, you'll likely want to purchase the lowest cost offer, but at the same time, you want a material that can stand the test of time. Can you have both?

High-quality building materials that are cost-effective to ensure your safety and protect your investment are out there. You can find many affordable yet top-notch materials that are both functional and practical. But it requires some digging! Take time to research and browse the many available options,  companies like Newcastle Landscape Supplies offer high-quality building materials. Salvage yards can also hold many discounted gems.

Though sometimes you can't avoid paying more for quality. And, frankly, it's probably worth it. You don't want to have to replace something again because you didn't go with the best option.

High-quality materials are frequently made and produced in an environmentally and eco-friendly manner. These materials are made to last for years, saving you a lot of money in the long run. Your home is your long-term investment, and it starts with the materials you use to know if it would last long or the other way around.

Know Your Essentials

Each person has their own sets of preferences, particularly when it comes to things needed daily. Living in a tiny home means there isn't much space for unnecessary items that could cause clutter and take up valuable space. Knowing your essentials when comes to necessities and comfort can help you save time and money. Don't waste either on non-essential upgrades.

Figuring out what your tiny home needs the most, especially when it comes to appliances, is essential during the build phase. But sometimes needs or preferences change after living in your house for a couple of years. For instance, do you feel too limited by having just a cooktop and no oven? Did your second-hand fridge stop working (this recently happened to us after we previously fixed it)?

When comes to adding or switching appliances, you want to carefully measure the area where it's going and the item you plan to purchase to avoid getting the wrong one for your tiny home.

Being aware of your electrical capacity ahead of time when upgrading your home is also recommended to ensure that there will be no power shortage or circuit breaker problems. This probably won't be an issue unless you're making a major change from propane range to an electric one, for example.

Proper (and appealing) Lighting

Tiny Home Improvement ProjectsProper lighting is a crucial part of both exterior and interior design that many homeowners tend to ignore. More than almost any other aspect of home improvement, lighting can make a small space feel and look spacious, making it an essential factor to consider for tiny homes. Proper lighting can also boost mood by generating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Proper lighting can bring many benefits to your home. If your current lighting makes your day dull and gloomy, or nighttime feels harshly lit, it is a sign to replace it and explore other lighting options. There are many options to compare and contrast when it comes to selecting lighting, from different color temperature bulbs (warm light at night always feels so cozy!) to adding dimmers or hanging lamps.

Add Some Colors

Just because you live in a tiny home, it doesn't mean that you can't put in an extra effort into making it truly reflect your style. For upgrading your tiny home, you might want to explore adding a little touch of colors on your walls and even on your ceiling. You can choose what colors would suit your home, your preference, or the season.

Paint is an accessible, fun way to mix things up if your interior design starts to feel stale or uninspiring to you

Colors can easily influence how we feel. There is a paint color that is ideal for the atmosphere you want to set on your home. Most homeowners choose white and cream-colored paints to make the space look larger and tidy. But if you are up for some fun, bright-colored paints that can make you feel energized is the way to go.

Adding color to your tiny home will not only enhance its aesthetic quality but will also protect your walls by acting as a protective coating. Applying paint to your home will help to slow down the rate of deterioration. It also shields your house from harsh elements like sunlight and water exposure.

Storage Matters, of course

Living in a tiny home, making the most out of your space may seem to be pretty limited. However, it is always worth inspecting all your nooks & crannies to see Tiny Home Improvement Projectsif there are any spots that you could tweak a little and make use of.

To maximize your space, you can add:
  • hooks! for jackets, hats, keys, bags, etc.
  • shelves to corners, above windows, above an oven hood, next to your bed in the loft--basically any open space!
  • hooks and magnets for kitchen items like utensils and knives, or even a hanging pot rack
  • a drawer under any dead cabinet space
  • a Lazy Susan, shelf organizers, shelf drawers to maximize cabinet space

When trying to maximize your home's space and upgrade your storage, considering the functionality of each item is essential. Do you have a couch that is just a couch? That's a storage opportunity. Choosing multi-functional furniture that serves more than one purpose can give you additional space, especially when you live in a tiny house.

Tiny Home Improvement Projects Takeaway

Your tiny home should always be a place you look forward to coming to at the end of the day. Home improvement projects don't have to be complicated or pricey. Research, compare costs and have fun. Upgrading your space can improve your quality of life. You want a long-lasting durable environment that meets your needs and reflects your personality. Little tweaks can make a big difference!

This Couple Upgraded Their Tiny Home After A Few Years in It

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