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Small Homes Carry Big Appeal

Small homes have captured a loyal and growing place in the American popular imagination. This interest, along with the recession, housing crash and rising prices for heating fuel, have helped shrink the average American home size. New homes averaged 1,660 square feet in 1973 (PDF), peaked at 2,521 square feet in 2007 and fell to 2,438 square feet in 2009, the last time the U.S. Census Bureau measured.

Small homes fall into at least two categories: “small” and “tiny.” “Tiny” (or “micro” or “mini”) homes are 500 square feet or smaller. Some claim they’re less than 300 square feet, says Mimi Zeiger, author of “Tiny Houses” and “Micro Green: Tiny Houses in Nature,” which is to be published in March. The “small” category — 1,000 square feet or less — might seem more livable, but the floating “minihome” in this photo demonstrates how clever design makes full-scale living possible in just 433 square feet.

Read full article by Marilyn Lewis of MSN Real Estate here: http://on-msn.com/hGRzIM

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