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Builders downsize to fit homeowners’ needs

Contractor Bill Wennerberg looked over blueprints near the cottage homes he is building at The Pinehills in Plymouth. Contractor Bill Wennerberg looked over blueprints near the cottage homes he is building at The Pinehills in Plymouth. (Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe)
By Cindy Atoji Keene
Globe Correspondent / October 30, 2011

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Housing developer Bill Wennerberg of Plymouth was one of the many builders who rushed to construct supersized homes. He expanded his own South Shore home into a 5,000 square foot goliath with 122 windows. Building it was no big deal, said Wennerberg, but living in it was another matter. “When it was done,’’ he recalled, “I laid in my bedroom and said to my wife, ‘Holy cow, who needs a house this big?’’’

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