Custom home built by Thelen Total Construction

In the past few years builders were downsizing homes to accomodate an era of frugality and austerity. As the economy slowly improves and anxieties ease, home buyers are upsizing again. According to the data from the Census Bureau, the average size of a newly built home was 2,480 square feet in 2011.

That was up 3.7% from 2010 and represented the first annual increase since 2007. The return to bigger houses indicates that while the housing downturn paused, it didn’t kill America’s love affair with large homes. It can be cheaper in the long run to build a big home now – even if you don’t need the space yet. You spread the cost over the life of the loan, instead of spending money down the road for expansion projects.

However, we don’t really think in terms of “big house”  or “small house.” We know it’s all relative, of course. Some of our home building clients would feel the average large size new home of 2,480 square feet would not be large enough.

What size is the “just right” size home for you?


Traditional Cottage

Gracious and inviting, traditional design evokes images of understated elegance. Within the traditional designation you’ll find many specific styles, such as Cottage, Colonial, French Country, Craftsman, Tuscan, among others. Traditional style reflects fine woodworking, craftsmanship and graceful lines, but a growing movement to bring it into a more relaxed realm is well underway. Stained and painted wood are mixed and matched less strictly. The old and the new are paired side by side.

Most of the clients we work with do desire a traditional home design and some people have even told us we have a “trademark” Thelen Total Construction style of home! We do feel our homes are distinctive but they are truly a reflection of individual style and taste – whether that is traditional, contemporary or something in-between. Here are  photos of  some our past Parade of Homes and you’ll see what I mean!2005 Parade of Homes

2002 Parade of Homes