Is it about quality of life or is it about square footage? I feel as though people are starting to really evaluate that question more and more. There has been a ton of talk lately about the demise of the McMansion. I agree. It's dead. Don't get me wrong, people will still build large, bad ass homes - no doubt. And I'll gladly help you do it. However, I feel the mind set it totally different. When I think of building for the quality of life, I immediately considered it a custom home. It makes no difference how big or small. It's about how you will use the space, and being efficient in how the contractor and designer will bring it all together.
If you're interested, the New York Times has a unique article about the smaller more efficient home.
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