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Builders Shrink Home Sizes to Appeal to More Buyers
"After years of catering to move-up buyers with substantial budgets, builders are introducing new models with lower price tags and smaller footprints — oftentimes the size of a two-bedroom apartment. They’re doing so by building on smaller lots, skimping on high-end materials, such as granite and brick, and designing floor plans that eliminate formal dining and living rooms, foyers and other spaces that often go unused."
"...homes with the smallest floor plans — the 1,200-square-foot “Adams” model and 1,400-square-foot “Taft” — account for nearly 60 percent of sales, according to the builder, PulteGroup of Atlanta. Both models are built on 40-foot-wide lots and have three bedrooms and two bathrooms."
This can be part of the solution in Blaine County. We need zoning districts that will allow for the small lots however.
We really like this piece in Bloomberg Businessweek Housing Doesn’t Have To Be So Expensive: Bringing down prices requires a combination of affordable homes and upzoning Some excerpts to consider: “Housing prices needn’t be high just because an area is hemmed in by water or mountains” “Constraints on housing prevent…
Can Blaine County support a YIMBY movement?
A more balanced economy could help reduce the gap. https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/business/personal-finance/article215335440.html
Article by Paul Kenny in the Idaho Business Review Solutions to the affordable housing puzzle
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