As you might suspect, we’ve been making a study out of best-selling, small houses at Builder magazine. I say you might have guessed because small homes targeted at entry-level buyers are just about the only ones selling these days.
Too many builders are apologetic about the small homes they are building. The standard approach is to slim down old plans, eliminating distinguishing design and construction features. The end result is rarely inspiring, especially for builders accustomed to doing trade-up housing.
We find that builders having the most success start from scratch. Instead of dumbing-down old plans, they create exciting new ones—built better, designed better, and less expensive to operate.