The American Dream Home: Its evolution over the centuries

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The Jasper Hill #5020

As our life styles change, so does our criteria for the American Dream Home!

By Chuck Tripp

In a recent Washington Post article written by Emily Badger, the single-family home in America was the topic of discussion—in particular, how radically it has evolved over the years. What was in vogue a century or more ago certainly isn’t so today. In fact, upon even a cursory glance, it becomes quite clear that Americans today like their homes bigger, bigger, and BIGGER. In fact, according to the article, “new homes built today are about a thousand square feet larger than single-family homes completed just 40 years ago.”

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The Birchwood #1239

So what’s changed?

One of the main reasons homes today have changed is the fact that families place more emphasis on extra bedrooms, larger bathrooms, sweeping family rooms, and kitchens that are designed for entertaining, as well as cooking. Other factors contributed as well, such as mechanized transportation. As Badger writes, “Vertical town houses built in the 1800s gave way a century later to horizontal homes, 3,000 square feet on a single floor. Compact ways of living that made sense when we got around on foot faded with time in favor of the spacious homes made possible by ubiquitous cars. And the popularity of cars changed the very design of our homes, too, as we created places to park them indoors.”

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The Clarkson #1117

Mixing the old with the new

At Donald A. Gardner architects, we are always ever mindful of trends and new styles within the housing industry. Our goal is to offer customers a wide range of home plan options so that they can select the style that works best for their lifestyle. While we are quick to incorporate new styles, we also want families to know that we have many older, more traditional, styles available as well, so that there is something for everyone. Our representatives will be happy to assist you by answering any questions you may have, and will help you select the dream home plan for your unique needs.

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