The average American home is about 2,349 square feet, compared to 1,695 square feet in 1974. Over the years, the size of our kitchens has doubled, the first-floor ceilings have grown by more than a foot, and bedrooms have increased by 54 square feet.
Are our homes having growth spurts because our families are getting bigger? Nope.
In 2004, the average family size was 2.6 people. Thirty years ago, it was 3.1 people. So, our homes have been getting larger while our families are getting smaller.
While new homes in general are bigger, you still need to figure out what size home fits YOUR family. Choosing a home that is either too small or too big only delays the inevitable dissatisfaction you’ll feel. Taking the time to “right size” your new home now can save you time and money in the long run.
Here are some tips for choosing the right square footage for your family: