Published at Friday, March 29th, 2019 - 20:35:35 PM. Home Decoration. By Alberta Krämer.
Why its happening: Affordability is in great demand, with rising home prices and a shortage of desirable downtown locations. “Whats needed is more dense land planning, common outdoor space, greater acceptance of attached homes, and sometimes doing without a garage,” says architect Bill Ramsey with KTGY Architecture and Plannings Denver office. Whats considered livable yet affordable often needs to be larger than tiny homes, most of which are less than 500 square feet. John Hunt, president of Atlanta-based MarketNsight, a research firm focused on the building industry, thinks theres a more viable option: microhouses, which range from 500 to 1,000 square feet. They fit community codes for permanent housing, unlike tiny homes that often must be built atop trailers due to their modest square footage. Microhouses also offer equity, unlike rental microapartments. They can be constructed as narrow townhouses or as a one-story, single-family designs. Home builder Jim Chapman Jr. recently received approval from the city of East Point outside Atlanta for 40 microhouses, each between 500 and 1,000 square feet on a 7.69-acre historic downtown site. Prices will start in the high $100,000s.
Modern architecture covers a wide time span, beginning in the 1920s, and encompasses subniches such as Bauhaus and Art Deco. Even under this broad rubric, contemporary homes are rare enough in his area that Mangas—a member of the National Association of REALTORS® 30 Under 30 class of 2014—has built an expansive farm spanning a whopping 180-mile radius around D.C. Mangas recognizes that in parts of the country where modern architecture is common, he might not stand out like he does now: “If I were in Los Angeles, I wouldn‘t have as much traction.”
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