reduced to the essentials; basic
A short history of the American house since 1950 would have to include a chapter called “Bigger and Better.” The Levittown house had two bedrooms, one small bathroom, and an eat-in kitchen; all its rooms were arranged on a concrete slab whose dimensions were twenty-five by thirty feet (an unfinished attic was often converted into additional living space). William Levitt’s strategy becomes apparent if one compares his house with earlier designs for modestly priced houses, such as those included in Homes of Character, a pattern book published in 1923 by the Boston architect Robert L. Stevenson. The porches, vestibules, entry halls, and dining rooms (or at least dining alcoves) that were standard domestic amenities in the twenties were absent from the Levittown house, which lacked even a basement. It was bare-bones living.
Witold Rybczynski February 1991