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A good discussion of the trend towards bigger houses on smaller lots Рhat tip to daytrip!

http://www.latimes.com/home/la-hm-0131-outdoor-space-20150131-story.html

Excerpts:

One point generally acknowledged is that many people today do not want the expense and hassle of a big yard. “It’s not practical to have a big lawn these days,” Tighe says. “People are rethinking that, rightfully so.” But they do still want something of a yard, just not the way we think of it.

“That backyard in a sense becomes an important room as part of the house,” says Radziner. “We can live outside if we do it right. Our clients are more interested in the quality of the space rather than the quantity of the space.”

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