Old Home Charm New Again?

May 09, 2009

Sometimes a home style can endure and become “timeless”.  Certainly, there are many that have not but some buyers yearn for a new house that looks old.  In Illinois, a craftsmen or bungalow style home comes to mind.  These style home have stood the test of time and some communities have embraced them for their buyers.  As green building continues to gather momentum, these styles can perhaps surprisingly, be very “green”.  Typically energy efficiency and maintenance free are terms that are typically thought of as new and would be almost counter intuitive to suppose as “green”.

Architect Susan Susanka has preached about home’s sizes and desire for quality finishes of yester-year for years prior to the building bust.   In Susanka’s case smaller is better and the average home from years ago were much smaller than today’s average size homes that are built.  She argues that today’s trend toward large homes has too much wasted space on areas such as formal dining rooms and living rooms.  Rarely used, they can take up 500 square feet while your family uses the nook and family room for daily activities.  Flex space or rooms that can be used for more than one activity are encouraged to provide more efficient use of space.   Rooms that have always been in Susanka’s cross-hairs is the dining room & living room, a rarely used relics of the past.   Why couldn’t the living room function become a home office or 4th bedroom conversion should you need that many bedrooms for a certain occasion?  These are some of the design considerations that can be made early to accomodate this type of need for perhaps a family of four.

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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