A Not So Big Luxury Home

Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2008 at 4:01pm.

Those with interest in home design have likely heard of Sarah Susanka’s ingenious book, The Not So Big House. Ms. Susanka encourages readers to consider how spaces in a home are used rather than how big they are - the idea of building homes that fit and function well rather than overwhelm.

In the high-end market it’s rare to find a small home with luxury finish-out. That’s in part because so many of us equate luxury with high square footage, and partly because it’s more profitable for builders to create large spaces with luxury details than smaller ones. Think about it. A small luxury home may have the same appliances, toilets, bathtubs, and light fixtures as a larger home, but because the framing materials, sheetrock, trim and other materials needed to construct a larger home is a small incremental cost, a builder can charge less per square foot and appeal to a larger audience with the large luxury home. 

Once in a while, though, a small luxury home does become available - and in today’s Austin real estate market, you may find small luxury homes you couldn’t build for today’s purchase price. As an example, look at the photos of this small luxury home in Spanish Oaks Austin. At 3,233 square feet, it’s one of the smallest homes in the neighborhood, but the attention to detail the builder put into the home is second to none. Eight hanging fixtures grace the open living and dining room, fir beams add structural interest in ceilings, and a built in banquette and large center island help create a kitchen that truly is the heart of the home. At $900,000, this home is a steal for Spanish Oaks, and a value to anyone who knows the Austin luxury real estate market.



To learn more about this home visit www.11919labarzola.com. To schedule a showing for 11919 La Barzola Bend or to learn more about other Austin Homes for Sale, please contact Michael J. Reilly at 512.600.1800.

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