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Builders are increasingly turning away from McMansion-style development in favor of smaller homes in tighter quarters. Photo courtesy of PBE.

The Smaller Home Revolution

For a long time, the building industry opted for quantity (more square footage) over quality. But as the average lot shrinks in size, the counter movement is underway. Communities are cracking down on mega-houses built in tight spaces where once a modest ranch stood. BuilderOnline has an interesting article on the innovative designs and smart site plans builders are devising as they realize there is a market for smaller homes with sidewalks and short commutes. According to Ray Johnston of Johnston Architects, designing within the tight quarters "results is unique projects that diverge from the easy formula, which is always an improvement."

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