Boroughs & Burbs 55: Thinking of Downsizing? The Show on Small Houses with Sheri Koones


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What is Downsizing? Downsizing and the Small House Movement.
📝 "The ongoing pandemic has changed the way we live. Many have left the big city, are working from home, and not going out as much. We have all heard about how our homes have to be healthier, more efficient, more flexible, and perhaps a bit bigger to accommodate all of this. Nobody follows these trends more closely than author Sheri Koones, who has written many books on home design, with the latest being "Bigger Than Tiny, Smaller Than Average."
_____These homes are not as small as the ones in her last book, "Downsize: Living Large in a Small House," which was aimed at a different market at a different time. Can these houses even be considered small, with many running around 1,800 square feet? But the average new American home in 2019 was 2,623 square feet so these are definitely smaller than average, even if a lot bigger than tiny.
The small houses—all 2,000 square feet or less—presented in "Downsize" are owned by people who have made a conscious decision to downsize from a larger home to a smaller home—or who just decided to build small in the first place.
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👩🏻‍💼 Sheri Koones is a widely respected author who helps readers understand that getting the house of their dreams can be done in an ecologically responsible way.
Her books explore the variety, beauty, and eco-friendly benefits of prefab homes. Her books have evolved from just profiling the variety of prefab methods in her first Prefabulous book to showing how energy-efficient and sustainable houses can be with Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid: Your Path to Building an Energy-Independent Home and Prefabulous + Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy Efficient Home. Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes Around the Globe explored the beauty and efficiency of houses around the world, from France to South Africa and Japan to Australia.
She has won the prestigious Gold in the Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards from NAREE in 2013, 2011, and 2008.
No matter whether you call it downsizing or rightsizing, the trend toward living in a small home is here to stay. In "Downsize: Living Large in a Small House" (Taunton Press, October 29, 2019, $34.95), best-selling author Sheri Koones presents 33 exceptional houses that show how small can be comfortable, practical, energy-efficient—and beautiful.
🧑🏻‍💻 John Engel - John Engel found at He is a consistently top-producing agent in Fairfield County, Connecticut. John recently won the Realtor of the Year Award in New Canaan where he has been Chairman of the Town Council and is currently a member of the Planning & Zoning Commission. John also brings an insight into internet-based marketing that is unsurpassed. After graduating, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army and spent some time leading a military intelligence platoon on the front lines of the first Gulf War. He currently lives in New Canaan with his wife Melissa and four children.
🧑🏻‍💻 Roberto Cabrera - Roberto can be found at With 20 years of experience, I have been recognized throughout the industry for achieving outstanding results: Ranked nationally by REAL Trends as one of "America's Best Real Estate Agents” for avg. the sales price of $4.350M. Sold a single-family Townhouse faster than any other on the Upper West Side for over $10M. I live with my wife and daughter on the Upper West Side, the neighborhood I have called home for the past 23 years.
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