Chapter 4


Rising housing and heating costs, the emergence of the non-traditional small household and an increase in the number of senior citizens have all contributed to a renewed interest in small-sized dwellings (Burney 2010). Small dwellings can arbitrarily be defined as those with a floor area not exceeding 56 m2 (500 sq ft). They are already common in crowded European and Asian cities, yet their popularity has been rising rapidly in other parts of the world following the 2008 economic meltdown (Burney 2010). Consumers are becoming aware of the environmental and budgetary implications of owning a very large single-family home, especially when some spaces in these homes are hardly used (Kurutz 2008). Other notable advantages ...

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