Reacting to the national housing slump, developers are now building smaller homes:

The National Association of Home Builders says the typical home built in 2009 measured 2,480 square feet, down from 2,520 square feet a year earlier. That’s the first time average completed-home sizes have fallen by a statistically significant amount since 1982.

So what are they cutting out of homes? Outdoor kitchens, outdoor fireplaces, sunrooms, butler’s pantries, media rooms and other features, according to the report.

The butler’s pantries? How will Americans get by?

File under: Cruel, cruel world.

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