How Much Square Footage Does My Family Really Need?

In recent years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of “tiny” homes popping up across the nation. While many of these homes rarely exceed 500 square feet of living space, we’re seeing more and more families of four or more taking up residence in these camper-sized homes, leading many to wonder just how much square footage is needed to live comfortably.

With the average U.S. family size on a steady decline, it would seem obvious that many are beginning to downsize to accommodate fewer bodies. However, the size of your home has more to do with its layout and your family’s lifestyle than how many people are living within its walls. 

While the real estate agents at the Jana Caudill Team can’t tell you exactly how much space your family will need to be happy and healthy, we can surely give you a few pointers to help you make the final decision when the time comes. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect home but can’t seem to settle on the best size, read on for some essential advice in selecting a home.

Layout is Key

According to the United States Census Bureau, the average size for newly-built, single-family homes in the U.S sits around 2,300 square feet; but how you’re utilizing the space makes all the difference. Open concept homes have been on the rise for many years, and for a good reason. In addition to the welcoming, family-friendly design, an open floor plan provides you with more usable space. Even a home with 1,500 square feet or less can feel much larger when the main living areas are unobstructed by unnecessary walls and hallways.

However, there is nothing wrong with larger, closed-concept homes, as long as you can regularly utilize the space. It’s safe to say that if you use the separated formal living space or elegant dining room only to collect dust, deducting those few hundred square feet won’t negatively impact your family’s comfort.

Consider Your Needs

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a good rule of thumb is that your home’s size should be reflective of what you actually need, not what you think you need. When looking at homes, envision yourself in the space. Do you have room to accommodate your daily activities? Or is there more space than you can ever imagine yourself utilizing? Always consider your needs when determining what size home would be suitable for your family. Do you often work from home? A space for an office is vital. Or maybe you homeschool your children. Having a dedicated space to utilize as a classroom is ideal. Even minor aspects of your life, such as hosting holiday dinners or frequent family parties, can influence just how much space you’ll need.

Is It Economical?

Owning a larger home will cost you more over time; it’s a fact we all know and understand. Not only will you have larger, extended mortgage payments, but upkeep costs will come around eventually. Think long-term when it comes to your home-buying budget. Yes, you may have a cost ceiling of $500,000, but will the amount of house you buy for that price end up costing you double that to heat, light, and maintain over the years?

While your realtor can’t make the call for you, we can help you find homes that fit your wants and needs. If you’re looking to purchase the perfect home in Northwest Indiana, don’t hesitate to call the Jana Caudill Team. Our agents are ready to help you locate and view the best houses in the area.


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