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The American Dream is getting smaller

The “American Dream” is starting to look a lot different.

Gone are the days when Americans aspired to own a house with a white picket fence. Some 82% of Americans now say their “American Dream” is simply financial security for themselves and their family. That’s according to Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance, which commissioned a survey of more than 3,200 people during January and February 2018.

Three quarters of respondents said part of their “American Dream” is owning a home, the traditional definition, but 71% said it is achieving financial independence. MassMutual did not clarify what “financial independence” means in the survey, but it typically means no longer having to work, because one has enough savings.

More worrying, perhaps: 33% of those surveyed said they think that dream is disappearing. Why? They have too much debt. “Americans believe financial security is at the core of the American Dream, but it is alarming that so many think it is beyond their reach,” said Mike Fanning, head of MassMutual U.S.

The Shrinking American Dream House

Plantations. Coming from a frugal New England background, I soon recognized that the dreams I was helping to make real were not dreams I valued.

In the early 1990s, I became fascinated by “sustainable” architects who raised concerns about the environmental impact of everyday design decisions: How can we preserve natural resources despite the need for more buildings? How can we minimize construction waste? How can we reduce the toxicity of building products? In 1997, I launched a freelance practice to design residential remodels from a sustainable perspective. But in spite of the slowly growing interest in sustainability, I became discouraged. Too often my clients based their decisions on initial costs rather than long-term durability or doing good for the environment. Too many people still wanted “big” more than “green.” I felt an impending doom that the glaciers would melt before sustainability became mainstream.

This past year, though, I’ve gained a sense that architecture is on the brink of a massive change. My impressions come from several fronts. Smaller homes are gaining popularity. People are embracing sustainability as a means to address issues as diverse as human health, social justice, the energy crisis, and global warming. And the alternative architecture movement shows that more and more people are looking beyond the ordinary for ways of building that express their creativity and values. On all these fronts, people are reshaping the American dream house, introducing new concepts of what is possible and thinking harder about what they really want.

What would you do? Would your buy your fancy dream house and struggle to pay your mortgage,or would you fix?

Would you go for the dream house that's new and beautiful and be house poor, or would you fix up the existing home that's average fix it and make it nice and be able to live comfortably.

Hun,i'll go for the fixing thingie,why???