An annual report by AIArchitect reveals a downward trend in the size of a typical home in the United States, compared to just three years ago when over 51% of residential architects reported increases in home sizes. Affordability and energy worries are cited as many factors, while accessibility issues (e.g., wider hallways, fewer steps) within layout plans are also cited as a main concern amongst those polled...
At the forefront is the growing movement toward outdoor living. This trend encompasses anything from increased emphasis on traditional outdoor elements like decks, porches, and patios, to expanded outdoor cooking areas and outdoor "rooms." Interest in outdoor living space has been steadily increasing: In 2005, slightly under half of surveyed residential architects saw this as a trend growing in popularity. By 2008, over two-thirds of respondents saw this as increasing in popularity.
Although we don't honestly think the masses necessarily think "smaller is cooler" (yet), it is a good sign that both architects and the market are starting to recognize that innovative design layouts and smart use of lighting and exterior space can maximize our sense of personal space without resorting to massive square footage footprints. We believe that modest size homes and apartments built thoughtfully can provide equal, if not greater, living experiences for anyone when done right.
Read the rest of the reports findings here.