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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Are you larger than average?

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The size of the median U.S. home is at an all-time high: 2306 square feet. 

Are you larger or smaller?

21 comments:

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Even with a new floor it is still smaller! But then again I do live in London...

Nita Stacy said...

at 1,401 I'm small and proud of it. The only thing I wish for is bigger closets! I also think its much better to be nice than big. I go for quality over quantity every time. I've been in houses where I know the host thought I should be very impressed with their very high ceilings and big granite kitchen...but all I saw was the shoddy workmanship and tacky furniture. Give me a quality cottage over and McMansion any day.

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

That is an interesting fact. I happen to be larger but we have a large family and live in the country.

Japanese Trash said...

First of all, love the photo you chose for this post. :)

In answer to the question, my little modern gem is exactly 1,000 sq ft smaller than the median you've quoted. And it's plenty big for me and my man.

Jill said...

Just over 2200. And that's plenty for us...some of it goes unused for a while. Can't imagine what we would do with more!

My Interior Life said...

We're actually bigger and probably have more house than we technically need out here in the burbs of Nashville (in Franklin). I would prefer a smaller, older home with more character but my husband's pleas of storage, closets, and bigger bathrooms (oh my) won out over my wants. Oh well. Marriage is about compromise, right?

Love the photo you chose, by the way. ;)

Debra Phillips said...

smaller, happily.

we have turned away from convention with our small old house with loads of character and 5 acres.

home before dark said...

We're slightly over at approximately 2600 on about a 1/3 acre lot. The family who built this house raised four boys in it. I think that might have been a little dicey! It was great for us with one child. It's perfect for us know as empty nesters. I would have preferred older with more character— also known as Money Pits. We're in the process of turning the entire back of our house (about 53' long) into one big room for kitchen, dining, library. Done will be good.

David said...

The old house was 2800, the new house is about half of that. It's very comfortable for the two of us and the schnauzers.

I miss the number and size of the old closets, I don't miss the 20 foot long hallway to the bedrooms.

An Urban Cottage said...

1291.

Sami Pat said...

Smaller at about 1200 having officially downsized in 2008. Sometimes it is too small for me, my most-loved-therefore-must-fit stuff, a very active pocket beagle and a demanding feline diva. Today, I'm glad I don't have any more space to heat since my poor little HVAC system has strained for hours to manage 65.

Jessica said...

Love this topic! We are way smaller at 1350 sq feet, we have 1 child. BUT I wouldn't trade it for anything, we live in the heart of Austin, we can walk to restaurants, bars, a city park/pool is a block away, I love our location and neighborhood, and I love having an old house. I actually enjoy my smaller house so much more than the 2200 sq foot rental (brand new!) we used to live in. Small all the way if it means no commute and walkable lifestyle. When in doubt, throw it out!

Sharon Brown said...

Bigger, but I have no idea what our square footage is. I have zero hang ups on square footage.

The Down East Dilettante said...

The trouble with so many of the 'average' new houses is that there is, more often than not, so much wasted, badly scaled space, filled with accessories nobody needs. I'm currently in 4100 sq ft. built in 1907, big rooms, nice flow, but far more than I need. I spend most of my time in the kitchen---30 ft. from the Living room by either available route, in the den, a converted maid's room, 20 feet from the kitchen and 30 feet from either the living room or the back door, and a whopping 110 feet from my bedroom to the back door, or 60 feet by indoor route and stairs to the living room. In between are several rooms I have no need of.

See where this is going? I move back into my 200 yr. old 1260 sq ft. farmhouse in a few months...where there are only six rooms, of which none are too large or too far from each other.

So yeah, people have been taught to want more than they need.

My own dream house would be a lightly classical pavilion, a large but not huge living room, a decent bedroom and dressing room, a decent but not over the top kitchen...oh, a gigantic mother fracking shower with a dozen jets :-)

Hallie Smith said...

Smaller--1200.

We'd like bigger. Though we don't have guests over often, when we do it would be nice to have more room downstairs and a third bedroom or a den. We have an office/guest bedroom now. And a separate bathroom for guests would be nice.

Having said all that, WE LOVE OUR HOUSE! It's just two of us.

Fun topic!

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

whoa... substantially smaller over here. we're weighing in at 1008 square feet. my cottage is totally utilitarian and is laid out well, but we are starting to really feel the constraints after a couple of years of comfy cozy :/

Kristen said...

smaller! 1800, and it's just perfect.

Kimberly Lemmon said...

I'm at about 1800 s.f. of finished living space but I have another 1200 s.f. of basement space which is currently used to house the fruits of my hoarding. I don't know if that's a good thing.

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

I'm about average. Always wanted to be above average!but not in house size! I'm ready to downsize as an empty nester . XOx Nancy

Annie Smith said...

All square footage accounted for= bigger. However- still working away at the remodeling, we are probably using so much less!! haha.

Terri Polick said...

1800 square feet. Less to heat and lower taxes. It's not too big or too small. It's just right.