Today's Model Homes Much Different From 5 Years Ago

Boyce Thompson of Builder Magazine says that the newer floor models from homebuilders purposely understate their amenities to create the perception of value.

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.

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