Dec 19, 2008

The Smaller House Movement

Actually this growing trend is called The Small House Movement - but in Dallas that doesn't necessarily mean small (just smaller).

The 'bigger is better' mentality is changing in the real estate world. As we all become more environmentally aware and concerned about reducing our 'footprint' on the earth; the footprint of our homes is shrinking as well. And this idea doesn't appeal to just hardcore environmentalist. Some folks looking to downsize just want a simpler life. The practical side of smaller homes is the reduced cost to purchase, maintain, heat and cool.

I predict this trend to grow considerably in Dallas over the coming months and next couple of years. There are several builders specializing in these smaller homes like Tiny Texas Houses in Luling, Texas. And there are plenty of Dallas area builders ready and able to adapt their usual designs. While I don't think we'll see a big market for tiny 500 sq ft homes in North Dallas, I see the demand for smaller, upscale properties on the rise. I believe we will see less buyer demand for 7,000+ sq ft homes in favor of more practical-sized properties.

Many stylish smaller homes have features such as vaulted ceilings and expansive windows to make them feel roomier. They feature the amenities and conveniences of larger homes - just on a smaller scale. Functionality, efficiency and proportion are the buzz words of this trend; but style, quality and attention to detail will continue to be at the top of buyer demands for smaller homes in the Dallas market. [where: 75230]


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