Monday, February 1, 2010
When Less Does More
Yesterday, I read an interesting statistic: The average size of a new home decreased in 2009 for the first time in 3 decades! The U.S. Census Bureau reported that in 2009 the average size of a new home was 2,215 square feet- a slight decrease from the highest average of 2,277 square feet for a new home in 2008. Increasing awareness for energy efficiency, the softening economy coupled with rising building costs, and the downsizing of many baby boomers have all been factors in the (slight) shrinking of the American home.
Despite a smaller home size, homeowners aren't necessarily decreasing their demands for the numerous functions a home must serve. Many rooms are serving double duty, storage is being added where ever possible, and homeowners are learning de-clutter and simplify. I found this article on BHG.com, Small Ideas for Small Spaces, that offers some advice and inspiration for working with smaller spaces. (Bonus: smaller home = less to clean and maintain!)
If you are looking to downsize your home, please feel free to contact me today, and I will get you started on finding your new (more manageable) home! You can always search all of our listings online, just by visiting Hickok & Boardman's website .
-Jamie Wright, REALTOR
photo credit: BHG.com