Small House Plans

The Rise of Small House Plans

For decades, new home sizes have been trending upward. But a changing economic climate, coupled with increasing concern for the environment, has launched a new trend: the small house movement.

The Incredible Shrinking Home

  • 1973 – 1,660 ft2
  • 1983 – 1,725 ft2
  • 1993 – 2,095 ft2
  • 2003 – 2,330 ft2
  • 2007 – 2,521 ft2
  • 2008 – 2,519 ft2
  • 2009 – 2,438 ft2
  • 2010 – 2,392 ft2
  • 2015 – ????

The average size of a new U.S. home grew 40% in three decades.

Since 2007, however, new homes have shrunk 5%.

The average home size is expected to shrink another 10% by 2015.

9 in 10 builders report building or planning smaller, lower-priced homes than in the past.

What is your ideal home size?

More than 1/3 of homeowners say they prefer house plans smaller than 2,000 ft2

Small House Plans

Infographic by Houseplans

 

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