The Elusive Small-House Utopia

The New York Times 10.17.10

Marianne Cusato, who designed the Home for the New Economy, sees it as a rebuke to the ethic of the McMansion. “We’re not going to go back to 2005,” she says. “What was built then is not going to come back, and this is not a bad thing. What we were building was so unsustainable, and it didn’t really meet our needs.”

Sharing Spaces: Designs That Set Boundaries

International Business Times 3.05.10 

The right layout, flexibility, and agreed-on rules can bring family members of multiple generations, or even outsiders, together under one roof. 

The home for the new economy can be seen at Warwick Grove

The Warwick Advertiser 2.25.10

The Home for the New Economy, the subject of much recent publicity, offers all of the comforts of a larger home in a compact plan that is economical to build, efficient to maintain and adaptable for the future.

The New Economy Home Architecture 2.22.10 

They didn't have to offer me the chance to win a Kindle. Even without enticement, I was eager to see the New Economy Home by architect Marianne Cusato.

Small is the new big: International Builders' Show 2010 Las Vegas

The Ottawa Citizen 1.30.10

Marianne Cusato is the new darling of the struggling American housing industry, offering an affordable alternative to the maligned and overpriced McMansion.

Say Goodbye to the McMansion

Marketwatch 1.29.10

Times have changed, and the square footage of new American homes is dropping. Super-sized homes are out, and efficiency and versatility are in. MarketWatch's Amy Hoak reports on the latest building trends.

Foundations of recovery on display at Builders' Show in Las Vegas

Consumer Reports 1.27.10

Still, innovative products were on display throughout the hundreds of thousands of square feet of exhibition space, and energy-based technology led the way..while it wasn't technically at the show, the Builder Concept Home 2010 offered a virtual tour of the future of home building.

Tour the new dream home: at International Builders' Show, it's small, virtual, affordable

USA Today 1.18.10

What a difference a year makes!  The International Builders' Show, which opens Tuesday in Las Vegas, planned to showcase a huge and glamorous New American Home, as it's done in years past. Instead, it has a virtual display of the New Economy Home.

Builder Woes and ‘The Most Innovative Home Never Built’

Wall Street Journal 12.16.09

Dubbed “A Home for the New Economy,” the house eschews the New American Home’s five-bedroom, eight-bathroom plan for a 1,700-square-foot model with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms....

‘The home of the future: smaller, simpler, more affordable’

Wallet Pop 12.5.09

“The Katrina designer, Cusato, has responded to the downsizing movement with the soon-to-be unveiled "New Economy Home" models. "I'm shifting from natural disasters to man-made disasters: the economy," she said...”

‘Growing number of Americans are looking to downsize their homes’

Staten Island Advance 11.24.09

Marianne Cusato, the creator of the Katrina Cottage, is ready to unveil an adaptable, sustainable 1,700-square-foot virtual home at the Builder’s Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, this coming January.

‘Small Homes are a Big Trend’ ABC News 6.23.09

‘Making the Best of Staying Put’

Wall Street Journal 6.19.09

“Marianne Cusato, a Miami-based designer, included a boarding-suite option in a new concept she called the New Economy Home.”

Americans are moving on up to smaller, smarter homes’

USA Today 3.17.09

Cusato says the banking collapse last fall prompted her to co-design what she calls "The New Economy Home..."

‘When You’re Lost in Space’

Ottawa Citizen 2.7.09

“The designing mind behind the Katrina cottage and a veteran of the studio lifestyle shows how clever storage is key to coping with modest and bigger spaces....”

Future on Display in Today's Progressive New Homes

Builder Magazine 1.27.09

“Designer Marianne Cusato, creator of the Katrina Cottage, recently introduced her concept for a home for the new economy....”

‘Has Architecture Reached a Turning Point?’

Residential Architect 1.16.09

“The McMansion backlash also has homebuyers looking for smaller, more efficient, and yet more flexible homes with modest price tags...”

‘A Home for the New Economy’

Builder Magazine 1.13.09

“Houses that morph may offer a life boat to the middle class...”

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Additional Resources

Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use & Avoid by Marianne Cusato, Ben Pentreath, Richard Sammons & Leon Krier. Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales

The Not So Big House: 10th Anniversary Edition by Sarah Susanka

The Value of Design: And it’s Effect on our Homes and Communities

by Marianne Cusato

Building an Affordable House: Inside Trade Secrets for High Value, Low Cost Construction

by Fernado Pages Ruiz

Building Better Homes -  by Mark LaLiberte, Steve Northway & Steve Wright