SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 21st 2017 – More folks could be convinced on the merits of downsizing to smaller homes in 2017 and the years ahead. This likelihood arises not only from the growing number of “empty-nesters,” mainly consisting of retired or retiring baby boomers. Also fueling it is the growing interest on smaller and more affordable homes which came as a learning from the last housing crisis.
There are strong reasons why attention has been growing on the tiny home movement. Besides lower cost, environmental concern and minimalist living drive this advocacy espousing residences with small square footages, typically those with less than 1,000 square feet.
Downsizing to a smaller home now would make sense even for an ordinary person or family, besides retirees, if we compare the average square footages then and now. According to the latest U.S. Census stats, new single family homes now average 2,700 in floor area. This compares with less than 1,000 square feet in 1950; and families then were even larger than they are now.