Smaller Home Design Inspired by Cruise Ships

homes for sale - Tom HigniteWhen it comes to thinking about how to make a smaller space function, homebuilder Tom Hignite, looked to the sea for inspiration.

Looking at how the cabins in cruise ships were constructed allowed Hignite to think about how to construct smaller homes for those people seeking to gain affordable, yet comfortable housing.

In a cabin, bunk beds and lockers help to make the most of the available space.  The mini homes or “Mi-Pads’, are what Hignite has created in his company Miracle Homes.

These homes actually have three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms all for the low price of 89,000 dollars. They also had new ventilation put in from  With only about 1000 square feet of space, design needs to be functional to say the least.

The feel of the homes is contemporary.  They are so compact though that the use of cruise ship design allows for the creation of what are essentially cabins rather than bedrooms as such.

The bedrooms are six feet by nine feet and they can sleep two people.  The master bedrooms can accommodate queen sized beds.  High ceilings give the illusion of more spaciousness, but the homes are only about 26.5 feet wide.

The price of the homes lines up with the prices of homes that are foreclosed properties or that need a great deal of work.  These move-in-ready homes compete in this arena with a price tag of between 90,000 and 150,000.

The homes also target renters.  Those who rent but can’t afford the price of full sized homes would be a good target audience for these new deals.

Smaller homes for sale were very common during the 1950s after the second world war, but following this house size became bigger and bigger.  Hignite’s company is hoping to see a return to these smaller homes as an alternative to the era of McMansions.

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