According to a recent article on Builder Magazine, the trend that saw home sizes decreasing may be reversing.

When the housing market tanked, new homes went down in square footage. The McMansion seemed destined to go the way of the dodo, while smaller, more efficient homes were on the rise.

But that was then. This is now. With the economy on the up and up (fingers crossed), home sizes have followed suit. Where 2009 saw home sizes plummet to an average 2,381 square feet, 2011 saw a leap up to 2,522 square feet, which was even bigger than house sizes during the housing boom.

So is this just a normal swinging of the pendulum? Short-lived enthusiasm from a market hungry for growth? Or a worrying trend back in the direction of “bigger is better?”