17 Nov '11, 8pm

Goodbye McMansions, Hello Big Boxes: American Houses Are Growing Again

Goodbye McMansions, Hello Big Boxes: American Houses Are Growing Again

Since the real estate business crashed, there have been a lot of stories about the move to build smaller houses. Many, like Daniel Indivigio at the Atlantic, thought there was a real change afoot in people's expectations: Since being green is so en vogue these days, I would suspect that larger, energy sucking houses will also be out of style indefinitely. I was skeptical. I wish I could say that people will flock to well designed, smaller, greener, healthier houses, but I've had a couple of very expensive lessons that convinced me that it just ain't so. When it comes to the marketplace, size matters, efficiency doesn't. So in this dreadful market, guess what is actually moving? Supersized, big box houses at extraordinary prices. The reasons are the same as they always have been; the bigger the house, the lower the cost per square foot since volume, drywall and carpet are c...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/goodbye-mcma...

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