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10 homes that show you don't need a big investment to have a genuine, characterful home

We are surrounded by renowned architect designs and even more incredible designs. These are eye-catching mansions like The O.C series or luxurious apartments of countless square meters. But do we need all this to live well? Well, living in a huge place may be a dream come true, but that doesn't make small, simple homes a center of discomfort.

With that in mind, the Architecture Blog has selected 10 models of modest homes, built on a low budget but synonymous with coziness. It is what we might call a "genuine home." Check it out and draw your own conclusions:

1 – HIGHEST FOOTERS

If the problem is the lack of lateral space, then build the tallest rooms. This solution aids in space perception and obtains additional areas that can be adapted for storage without harming the aisle or its common spaces.

2 – RUSTIC MATERIALS AND DELICATE COLORS

If you used a stone decoration or built your house with concrete and added a simulation of this material, how about combining these elements with soft colors and pastels? This will make your home look home - delicate and aesthetically beautiful.

3 – SIMPLICITY IN FINISHING

There are people who prefer to build first and then clad all their walls with stone or ceramic slabs and even wood. You can do this without putting flooring everywhere. Leaving some walls natural is a good way to express a rustic yet elegant feel, thanks to the combination of material colors and textures.

4 – DIFFERENT AND CHARMING ELEMENTS

Your house may be small, but that doesn't mean it has to be simple. It is important to add flashy elements to your home as long as they are not expensive. This small villa, even if it does not have large volumes, has very original windows. What do you think?

5 – CHEAP MATERIALS IN A PRIVILEGED AREA

With an area of approximately 650 m², the project focuses on social areas, including the swimming pool. The orientation of the house allows shade for most of the year in open areas. Although the key point is the 200 m² roof covering the entire terrace, the residence is built mainly with endemic elements and local materials such as stone, wood and floors.

6 – WOOD AND QUIET

This idea is perfect for those who live in the countryside, with large terrain but do not have enough money to build something very elaborate: a residence made of wood, much cheaper than built with other materials and can further enhance the feeling of space by avoiding Lots of walls.

7 – WITH AMAZING LANDSCAPE

Although this house is not completely finished, you can see that it is working very well. It was built with a few square meters and materials like concrete and some wooden planks for the windows. Know that you can get different styles of finishes and if you have a beautiful view like this, you know which side to build your balcony.

8 – ZINC TILE ECONOMY

A good way to save on materials is to use zinc tiles. Besides offering more freshness, you can choose from different colors and create a beautiful finish, perfect for homes with large gardens. Remember to build big windows. This saves you some concrete and gets plenty of natural light (saving on your electricity bill).

9 – ABUSING CONCRETE

Sometimes people fail to appreciate the beauty and personality that concrete surfaces give to a home. However, if you look at this photograph, you realize that it not only looks solid and natural, but also achieves volume and texture thanks to the various nuances of concrete. It is a very simple house, with a few square meters, but with everything the residents need.

10 – COLLABORATIVE CONSTRUCTION

This 120 m² built villa enjoys the morning sun to the east and closes on the west side to protect itself from the afternoon sun. It is made of materials such as adobe (compressed earth block) for the bedrooms (cloisters) and metal frame with plycem panels for the social housing areas. Most moving of this house is that family and friends helped in the construction, so the use of adobe.

Source: Blog da Arquitetura