Local experts say young home buyers and empty nesters are seeking less space and yard work, which is impacting the way new homes and communities are designed.

Two developers in particular recognize that trend and are working on communities that will offer smaller homes as well as yard maintenance services. The larger of the two, Hartness, is designed to be a walkable community with retail shops and large park spaces. It will have fewer roadways and more green space than typical subdivisions and include a variety of homes ranging in size from 1,200 to 5,000 square feet.

Lew Oliver, who is designing the 400-home Hartness project, said yards are intentionally left smaller around the homes. Parks and a nature preserve will be within walking distance so residents can save time on yard work and get into the community…