This NYT article on the alleged leveling off of new home sizes is a rather mild ray of hope given where we need to get, but it’s worth reading. I found this bit particularly amusing:
In less populous areas, builders of large houses are derided for despoiling the natural environment. Arthur Spiegel, who is retired from the import-export business, is building a 10,000-square-foot house in Lake Placid, N.Y., in the Adirondacks. The hilltop house has brought protests from the Residents’ Committee to Protect the Adirondacks, and construction has been halted by local building authorities.
Mr. Spiegel said that the house "is only 6,500 square feet, unless you count the basement," and that it’s the right size for his extended family to gather in for ski vacations.