1672 Square Foot Home Wins National Design Award

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1672 Square Foot Home Wins National Design Award

I am amazed that this year's winner of the 2012 Gold Award for Best Architectural Design for a Single Family Detached Home Under 2,500 Square Feet was The Siena at Laguna Altura in Irvine, California built by Irvine Pacific. 

I am not surprised by the builder; Irvine Pacific is terrific, nor the house- it is gorgeous.  I am just amazed that a home close to 900 square feet below the maximum requirement had enough to offer to win!

As a former builder and home designer, I never would have thought such an entry would have a chance.  So what doesn't this house have that a typical 2500 square foot home has?:

  • Living Room,
  • Fourth Bedroom
  • Eat-in Kitchen
  • Master Sitting Area
  • No Separate Shower in Master Bedroom

What does this tell us about the future of housing?

  • Is less more?
  • Do most families eat most meal out?
  • Are luxurious master bedrooms wasteful? 
  • Are living rooms antiquated? 
  • Are people tired of cleaning more than they need to in bathrooms?

What do you think?

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There does seem to be a shift in the construction of homes that reflect our changing behaviors David.

Apr 10, 2013 05:12 PM #1
David Brandschain
Long & Foster - Blue Bell, PA

The construction industry has always been slow to adopt.  Thanks for the comment Tom.

Apr 10, 2013 09:57 PM #2
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi David,

Excellent observations! Dual incomes..little time  for dinners..eat on the run..thanks for sharing..something to think about!



Apr 11, 2013 12:38 PM #3
David Brandschain
Long & Foster - Blue Bell, PA

Dorie, thanks for reading.

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