NBC Evening News for Friday, May 22, 1981
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(Studio) Rapid increase in cost of houses noted. In NBC-AP poll, 81% said pessimistic with regard to future hsing.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Gaithersburg, MD) [National Association of Home Builders Frederick NAPOLITANO - says trend is to smaller homes.] ["Better Homes and Gardens" Joan McCLOSKEY - warns of change.] [American Institute of Architects Donald HOGAN - predicts 30% reduction in house size.] Characteristics of new houses set forth. Underground houses noted. [Architect Barry BERKUS - says energy to be most imp. factor in changing styles.] Architects seem more in demand in future, for proper house design. Town hses. seen as popular in future. [Bruce AKINS - believes small is the future.] California styles noted, shown. [Co-Owners, Ron HOLMES and Bill NIESMASIK - advocate co-ownership of hses.] Rebuilding of old bldgs. for more occupancy predicted. [Architect/owner Ronald FLESCH - speaks of converting 1-family home to 5-family home.] Prefab. homes and mobile homes said to be popular. [McCLOSKEY - predicts people will settle for less.] American home paralleled with American car: smaller, more efficient.
REPORTER: Lloyd Dobyns