Home ownership has long been a symbol of the American Dream and for a while there, we supersized it. But since the recession, we’ve been downsizing it. The median home size in America was near 2,300 square feet at the peak of the market in 2007, with many McMansions topping 10,000.
Today, the median home size has dropped to about 2,100 square feet and more than one-third of Americans say their ideal home size is actually under 2,000 square feet, according to a survey by real-estate site Trulia.
“The whole glow of bigness kind of wore off all of a sudden,” said Sarah Susanka, an architect and the author of The Not So Big House book series. Builders are responding by chopping out rooms that people just donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t use anymore, particularly formal living rooms and sitting rooms.