Big House, Small House

Piece in the P-I today about cottage housing as an option to increase housing affordability. Certainly not news that a) huge houses cost more and b) people are getting a little tired of townhouses. The option to live in a smaller house on a subdivided unit or even turn a backyard garage into a separate living space is not only more attractive and affordable, but also more environmentally-friendly because of increased density and the lower energy costs to cool, heat and run it.

In general, another way the economy is driving people to think smaller…just like high gas prices inspiring people to buy smaller cars. For all you SAT lovers out there, McMansion is to Hummer as…

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One Response to Big House, Small House

  1. Frank says:

    I’m all for it. Unfortunately, the SAT analogy breaks down a bit, since I can choose whatever car I want, but the realities of Seattle’s zoning laws keep me from doing the same with a house.

    It will be interesting to see if there’s enough political will to open up some of the vast swaths of single-family zoning in Seattle to developments like this.

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