There are many reasons to build a smaller house, for instance, maybe your kids are all grown up and gone from your sprawling 1.5-story, Mediterranean-style home. The two of you have stayed in the house with the intention of having your out-of-town kids and grandkids come and stay with you for the holidays. With those good intentions in mind, you’ve got at least three or four empty bedrooms that aren’t used for more than about week each year – not to mention the rarely used formal dining room, lower-level game room and upstairs study loft. These are areas you rarely venture into anymore, let alone spend time in, and you’ve started to realize that you’re heating, cooling, lighting, maintaining, insuring and paying taxes on wasted space.
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