Why Small Homes?

Why should I build small?

Smart Footprint Homes are the innovators in small lot homes. Small homes are classified as dwellings between 90-150 square metres and are not to be confused with the trending ‘tiny house movement’.

Small homes are about smart, innovative and efficient use of space without sacrificing the features of a standard home. They place a high importance on thoughtful design rather than size and provide a practical solution to many of the problems facing Australian families and individuals trying to enter into the housing market.

With lower mortgages, reduced running and maintenance costs, and a much smaller environmental footprint, small homes are the smart choice for the next generation who are no longer wanting to live in the ‘McMansions’ of the past. Suitable for first home buyersinvestors and downsizers alike, small homes are gaining momentum across the world for their innovation, minimalism and style.

Have the kids left the nest leaving you with a large, empty home?

Are the maintenance costs of your home dragging you down? Are you looking for more freedom as you move into the next stage of your life? Then downsizing to a small home could be the perfect option for you.

Are you looking for a smart property investment?

A smaller home opens up a myriad of new possibilities and the opportunity to double the return of your block while still meeting the needs of the rental market. For investors, we believe our builds are the perfect solution for smaller blocks, sub-divided or dual occupancy properties.

Sick of paying off someone else’s mortgage?

Are you thinking about building your first home? Small homes are fast becoming one of the most practical solutions to the housing affordability crisis in Australia. For a first home buyer, the many advantages are clear.

As a leader in building, Smart Footprint Homes have developed an extensive range of innovative, efficient and eco-friendly homes to suit your lifestyle. With a long history and substantial experience in the Newcastle, Port Stephens and Central Coast regions, the design and build process with us is stress-free and as straightforward as possible.

Our small home designs are a perfect fit for narrow lots, dual occupancy, infill development and more. With a focus on liveability and clever use of space, our contemporary designs will bring your dreams to life.

Is a small home right for me?

Small homes have benefits for every stage of life, and they aren’t just financial. They create freedom, encourage conscious living and are increasingly meeting the needs of our changing lifestyles.

First home buyers

Smart Footprint Homes specialises in building small lot homes that meet the needs and budget of the first home buyer. Learn why building a small home is a great option to enter the market.


Did you know a smaller home could double the return of your block while still meeting the needs of the rental market? Learn why a small home is the ideal investment opportunity.


Downsizing provides financial freedom and lower maintenance requirements, without compromising on your lifestyle. Learn why a small lot home is a great option for downsizers…

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