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Downsizing to a Log Home

Downsizing to a Log Home

When the discussion of downsizing comes up it is usually associated with the idea of simplicity, and very rarely is the topic of building a new home brought into the conversation. However, new construction of a home should be considered as an answer to downsizing as it offers several advantages over trying to find an existing home that will suit your every need. Building a new home allows you the flexibility to have the features you want, the space you want, all in the place you want.

Match Your Preferences

When you’re building a new home, you’re working with a blank canvas. With a new build, you can make important decisions on the floorplan and choose a layout that suits your lifestyle. If you’ve dreamt about the perfect kitchen to bake in, now’s your chance to design a kitchen with custom features and finishes that appeal to you.


Being comfortable in your own home is imperative to enjoying your new space, so it’s important to have it designed with all the amenities that are most desirable. Downsizing into a new home means you can choose air conditioning, heating, and ventilation systems that will undoubtedly be able to provide you with lower heating and cooling bills resulting in expenses that are more predictable.

Save Money

Not only does downsizing provide you with the ability to customize a home to match your preferences, but it also allows you to save money. Downsizing reduces monthly home expenses and typically saves homeowners several thousand dollars per year.

Easy Maintenance

For many people keeping up the maintenance on a large home and property requires a lot of work and effort. When you downsize, you have the chance to dictate how much home space and property space you can handle. Having a smaller space requires less energy and enables you to spend more time doing the things you really love.

Ways to Downsize

If you’re thinking about downsizing or actively looking for a custom home builder, there are a few features you should consider for your new home:

● One Story Living. Small, compact one-level floorplans tend to provide homeowners with long-term mobility. This is an especially nice feature for when you enter your golden years. You no longer need to build a sprawling ranch house to accommodate all your desired features.
● Guest Space. You don’t need to look at tiny homes when you’re considering downsizing. You can still accommodate one or two guestrooms in a smaller area and allow guests to have their own space when they come to visit.
● Mastering Storage. Before you move into your downsized home, it’s important to plan out your storage solutions. If you have specific items that you know will need storage space, storage spaces that integrate into your home to keep it organized and clutter-free.
● Discarding Items That Aren’t Useful. Believe it or not, discarding items that you don’t use regularly is quite liberating. Asking the questions ‘Do I use this every month?’ and ‘Have I used this in the past year’ are both great in determining if you should get rid of something.
● Open Concepts. Moving into a smaller home can often feel like a downgrade, but that can easily be avoided if you gravitate towards an open floor plan. Open concepts can make a small home feel more spacious.
● Outdoor Patios/Porches. Cut down on extra yard work by adding a covered patio or porch to your home. Not only does it provide an excellent gather space, but it also allows you to bring your living space outdoors.

Open Houses at Gastineau Log Homes

We love providing our customers with homes and features they want. Remember that our Model Home Center on I-70 in central MO is open seven days a week! Appointments are not required but highly recommended. We have three model homes on-site that you can tour 8-5 Monday to Friday , 9-5 on Saturday, and 12-5 on Sunday.