Interested home buyers, Architects and Builders should become quickly aware of the ramifications of designing and building "Not so Big" (NSB). The term has connotations of environmentalism and universality, which may be why little or no critical response has challenged the tenets to date. While obviously not a new concept, its base appeal is gaining popularity and creating expectations that one can afford to design and build a substantially better home by merely cutting out relatively inexpensive floor area and dedicating it to upgrades, additional trim, better quality doors/ windows, etc. The consumer should understand that the added costs for building Not So Big are typical of any custom design project, and can raise the soft and hard costs to double or triple for the work required to fulfill their wish list.
The idea is compelling but the practicalities are flawed. For openers: how can you plan for a house if you know you should take out 30% of it before starting to plan for your house? What Zen! And doesn't this reasoning remind one of a similar argument made by many builders to the potential client: Select one of the pre-designed plans from our portfolio and "customize" it. Cut out the architect fees and put it into quality finishes or a bonus room.
8% said $5.00
1% said $6.00
59% said "You'll pry that steering wheel from my cold dead hands"