Thompson says that the newer, smaller floor plans make much better use of space than the previous, McMansion-era homes.
He writes, "Builders today must focus very hard on how homes actually live. This starts with design value-engineering. Spaces that people use the most--family rooms, master bedrooms, laundry rooms, back porches--must receive the most attention. Places that people rarely use--living rooms, dining rooms, multiple courtyards--should be downplayed or eliminated, depending on the price point."
As we noted a year ago, builders are getting on the smaller home bandwagon, as new homes lost an average of 300 sq. ft.