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."
Micro Homes now being sold by Box Home Improvement Stores
09/14/2008 10:36 AM
I read earlier this year that both Lowes and Home Depot plan on offering architecural plans and building materials for micro homes. Each offer a variety of plans for homes between 500-1000 sqft, with a price tag of between $25,000 and $50,000.
Not bad when you consider stick building a home costs well over $100/sqft.