ORLANDO — They’ve been dubbed “jewel-box houses” — small homes designed with top-quality materials, upscale detailing and custom built-ins.
Tailored to the owners’ way of life, smaller homes suit a variety of demographic groups, including newlyweds, young professionals, empty-nesters and retirees — the last two a fast-growing segment of the population. The recession, the downturn in the housing market and the emphasis on energy-efficiency all are playing into the jewel-box trend — and are making it increasingly difficult for homeowners to unload “starter castles,” says architect Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big House.
For the past two decades, dream homes have assumed McMansion proportions, says Stephen Gidus, co-owner of PSG Construction in Orlando. Now, “downsizing” is the new watchword. Read more here!