Thursday, January 29, 2015

Smaller houses will be in the spotlight this year

This probably won't be the last time you hear about smaller living spaces this year. The fact is, there's a portion of the population that wants or needs less. That's especially true for millennials, according to a report from the National Association of Home Builders.
Income, housing costs, busy schedules, retirement and concern for the environment are factors pushing this trend forward, so it’s not just limited to people who became adults at the turn of the century.
So if you’re moving to a smaller space or considering it, you might appreciate these online resources:

  • Becoming Minimalist: The author of this blog, Joshua Becker, says the best things in life aren’t things. Becker writes about his family’s effort to change their focus from materialism.
  • National Association of Realtors: The association’s “Field Guide to the Small House Movement” is a compilation of links for those considering miniature homes. The association included a reminder that New Yorkers in Manhattan have lived in tiny spaces for decades.
  • Topics range from housing to decorating, recycling, storage and moving.
  • Forbes: Its article called “Downsizing The Family Home: What To Do With All The Stuff?” gives practical advice that might be helpful as you plan and make a move.
  • Kyle Schuneman's "The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces" includes examples of decor for small spaces. One of his makeovers is shown in the picture above. (Photo by Joe Schmelzer) 

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