by Mario Santoni, Dickinson Homes

Anyone who has driven around new home construction sites in the past twenty years can easily see that American homes are getting larger and much more elaborate. The median home size in 1970 was 1,600 square feet, whereas today's average size is 2,598 square feet. It appears this trend of larger, more complicated and costly homes will continue in the upcoming years.

As with most things, a countertrend, focused on homes that are smaller and simpler than the norm, emerged over the recent decade.

Sometimes referred to as "tiny homes" or the "tiny movement," the concept describes efforts by homeowners, designers, and architects to build beautiful, highly functional homes of 1,000 square feet or less. Tiny homes provide an alternative for homeowners looking to downsize and simplify their lives, create an affordable second home, live a greener lifestyle, or find innovative ways to live outside the mainstream. Other tiny homes represent clever architectural solutions to odd building lots or special design challenges. Aging baby-boomers see them as an efficient way to adapt to their changing needs. 

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