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Saturday’s Real Estate section in the Washington Post mulls over the premise of “The Not-So-Big House,” a ten-year-old book written by architect Sarah Susanka. Now that developers are eschewing mcmansions—-and even knocking them down in some places—-for smaller homes, the book seems even more relevant than it did in the late 1990s. The Post’s article breaks down why “The Not-So-Big House” trumps the stereotypical, colossal, Exurban home:
- Bigger monthly mortgage payments
- More money for flood insurance
- Bigger energy bills
- More money to furnish, clean and maintain the space
- More walls to wallpaper or paint
- More trim to touch up
- More bathrooms to clean
- More bathroom tile to grout
- More light bulbs to replace
- More yardwork
- Higher housekeeping costs
- Higher cost of living because of surrounding stores.
And finally…and this I consider a stretch: “Think about the holidays: If you live in a fancier neighborhood, you might feel pressured to do more elaborate holiday decorations.”