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Report on Americans Preferring Small Homes

Are You Part of the Small-House Trend?

Talk about bloated: in the past 50 years, the American house size has increased by 230 percent! At the same time, the number of occupants per home decreased by 23 percent. However, the past several years have seen a reversal of this supersizing. According to the National Association of Home Builders, new single-family home sizes went from 2,521 square feet in 2007 to 2,377 square feet in 2010 — and the trend seems to be going even smaller. According to a new report from Atlanta-based marketing agency Kleber and Associates, more than one-third of Americans say their ideal home size is less than 2,000 square feet, and efficiency is a major factor in their home.

I live in a small house myself: at 1,200 square feet and two bedrooms, it can feel a little small at times. But my German husband and I prefer to think of it as gemütlich — feeling cozy, warm, and welcoming. What about you? Are you interested in downsizing if you're in a large home? If you live in a small home, are you a fan of its diminutive proportions?

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bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 4 years
I have 2 homes both under 2000sq ft. Anything bigger than that is too much for me.
Deidre Deidre 4 years
Yes, and wouldn't have it any other way! Three bedrooms is plenty for us and our baby (and for when we decide to have another). I love that we actually use every room in our house. It drove me crazy having a formal living and dining space in my various homes while growing up -- who needs a room for special occasions only?
lauren lauren 4 years
I love my 1100 square feet home!!! Granted another bathroom would be nice but to be honest that is more than enough space for two people and you could fit three comfortably!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 4 years
Hahah I am an unvoluntary member, because it's all I can afford. I do agree that there's a point where a large house starts feeling like a hangar, and it's a lot of work to clean it (or to find your keys), but I am far, far away from that at this point. I don't even have a dining room for example, just a living room with a big couch (too big, and our TV stand is covering half the window.. gah), and a dining table in the kitchen, which can either seat 2 people the way it's set up now, or 4, if you pull it into the middle of the kitchen, blocking almost everything else. Yeah that is NOT cozy. lol
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 4 years
Hahah I am an unvoluntary member, because it's all I can afford. I do agree that there's a point where a large house starts feeling like a hangar, and it's a lot of work to clean it (or to find your keys), but I am far, far away from that at this point. I don't even have a dining room for example, just a living room with a big couch (too big, and our TV stand is covering half the window.. gah), and a dining table in the kitchen, which can either seat 2 people the way it's set up now, or 4, if you pull it into the middle of the kitchen, blocking almost everything else. Yeah that is NOT cozy. lol
sabs sabs 4 years
i love my small house, i just wish it had one more room ;)
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