Maybe not quite this small

Ever since the end of the Second World War, rising prosperity in America has prompted desires for ever larger homes. But that trend appears to have turned the other direction with size of the average American home becoming smaller.

This comes from the white paper, The Small Spaces Trend, commissioned by Kleber and Associates.

The average size of the single-family American home hit its peak in 2007 at 2521 square feet, according to the white paper. Last year, the average home declined to 2377 square feet. And the trend could be building stream– the white paper says more than a third of American families say their ideal home is less than 2000 square feet.

Obviously, the economy has something to do with this. But maybe there’s also a growing awareness of environmental concerns, and perhaps, too, a desire for more simple living. In fact, Kleber and Associates says this isn’t downsizing, it’s “right sizing.”

The white paper is available for download, and provides some interesting reading.

Here at Leslie Saul & Associates, we think this is a good trend. We all want a home that we can be proud of, and it’s certainly important your home reflect your lifestyle, but it’s more important to focus on what really matters in a home– comfort, efficiency, and aesthetics. Sometimes too much is just too much.

We’d love to work with you to design your home, at whatever size. Call our office in Cambridge, Massachusetts at 888-488-2895.

Photo (cc) Kelly Sue DeConnick