04/26/2013 by Joan Waddell 3 Comments
FRIDAYfinds! – The Small House Movement
Just read a great article from freshome.com
about the move toward smaller homes.
I’m not surprised, are you?
They report that, "since 2007… new homes have shrunk 5%" and
"the average home size is expected to shrink another 10% by 2015".
In fact, when asked what their ideal home size would be,
over 1/3 of homeowners say they want house plans smaller than 2000 sq ft!
Wow! Have we come a long way!
While this trend has definitely been influenced by the economy,
I prefer to think it’s because we are becoming more aware of our "footprint".
We’re realizing the cause and effect of living in a large space versus a small one
in terms of the costs of construction and the energy required to maintain it.
Do we REALLY need all that space?
As I’ve shared with you on a recent post, "Dining Room Dreams" I am a huge proponent
of using every square inch in your home,
making it multi-functional for ALL the activities your family enjoys.
This becomes much more essential in a smaller home,
but is it a bad thing?
I think this movement is a fabulous "correction of the market"!
It’s forcing us to concentrate more on need-based design,
where the end result is total functionality and comfort.
Whether you’re staying where you are
considering building your dream home,
I hope you’ll rethink what
really means to
Now more than EVER…