Smaller homes gain popularity
According to the US Census Bureau, the average size of homes started in the third quarter of 2008 was 2,438 square feet, a drop of 7.2% from the from the 2,629 square foot average in the second quarter. A Better Homes & Gardens survey (subscription required) found that 32% of home buyers expect their new home to be smaller than the old one.
Bravo! Smaller homes are more environmentally-friendly and less expensive and time-consuming to maintain. The "My home is bigger than my brother in law's" mentality of the past decade or so was completely asinine, and a reflection of excess consumption that was a major factor in the mess that we're in now.
When I watch HGTV, I'm always in shock when I hear young couples talking about their need for bigger kitchens and extra bedrooms. Not long ago I watched a single complaining about her need for a third bedroom. Why?
To learn more about the benefits of small homes, visit the Small House Society. And check out this piece about a California man who lives in an 80 square foot house he built out of free stuff he found on Craigslist.