05 May '13, 2pm

It can be so much more relaxing to live in a smaller house:

It can be so much more relaxing to live in a smaller house:

In the last six decades, the average size of a new single family home in the United States rose from roughly 1,000 square feet to 2,500, not because we grew 250% richer but because we found a way to finance what we couldn't afford. Our economic mess is the fallout from this conjuring trick, but it hasn't stopped the trend. After a brief reversal during the recession, the rise in square footage has resumed . Our sense of our needs has increased since 1950 despite the fact that our households average 23% fewer people. Like Dickens' Pip, we now have great expectations, fed by eager lenders and builders. The trouble with the fantasy (beyond the debt) is the waste. We live in a world of limited resources and a country with a growing population that is projected to reach 420 million by 2060. Even small homes to accommodate those "extra" hundred million will eat up open land, dow...

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/thisgreenlife/1301.asp

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