Size Matters: What Square Footage is Right for You

July 23, 2018
Jamie Robinson

How much square footage does a family need?  How much square footage does a family want?  What’s right for you? Most of us believe bigger is better, with lots of room to spread out and have individual nooks and areas of privacy so families have their own spaces. Clearly, bigger houses translate to more bedrooms, baths and living spaces like a home office, game room or “man cave.” But it’s all about lifestyle and how your family will use the space inside your home. Think about functionality, and where your family is in its life cycle.  Young families have different needs than older families.

Across the country, Americans lean toward larger homes, even though you’re hearing more reports these days about tiny homes.  In fact, in 2015, the average size of new homes built in the United States grew 62 percent—from 1,660 square feet in 1973 to 2,687 square feet in 2015—an increase of 1,027 square feet, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

When looking at square footage, an important consideration is the ratio between bedrooms and living space. The number of bedrooms turns out to be the primary catalyst for total square footage.  One basic rule of thumb is that for every bedroom, you’ll need places for two people to sit in the dining areas and living areas.  Also, consider how much space each member of your family needs for privacy, and a chance to get away from it all!

Do you really need that indoor gym?  What about the family movie theater?  How about the outdoor kitchen?  It’s all about what you and your family prize most.  Thinking through questions like these will help you get to what you really want and need in a home.

At Legend Homes, we can help you think through decisions like these.  In fact, we’d love to be your building partner.  Let’s sit down together and talk about our proven processes of exceptional design, meticulous attention to detail and the highest quality craftsmanship.  We can share with you what’s worked and what pitfalls to avoid.

We believe creating a positive experience when building a home is as important as the home itself.  We’re deeply committed to your satisfaction, meaning we want you to be happy every single step of the way.