In an article written by Cheryl-Anne Millsap for the Spokesman Review, her focus is on the concept of size not being everything when you are thinking about the perfect home.
The American dream was built around the idea of finding a good job and buying the biggest house that you could afford. Lifestyles have changed and the population is aging. Professional people and seniors alike are opting out of the big house race and choosing to keep it small.
People are looking for an alternative to the “bigger is better” approach to home design. When we started our adult lives we lived in studio apartments, now as our families get smaller the interest in small, efficient and well-built homes is increasing.
It isn’t necessary to sacrifice the amenities just because you are buying small. Vintage details such as hardwood floors, impressive woodwork, and convenient neighborhoods make up for the lack of square footage.
Senior Options applauds the trend toward one level living. People that want to stay in their own homes are recognizing that the two story house craze of a few years ago is no longer such a good idea.
Source: “Small Details; Size isn’t everything when it comes to finding the perfect home.” Cheryl-Anne Millsap. Spokesman Review. Spokane Washington: Nov/ 5. 2004. page D 1