What is the sweet spot for square footage?
When a new client meets with us and starts discussing their Homestead house plans, they often ask what the ideal square footage is for their family. This can be a really tough question to answer and is highly personalized for each family.
What size is typical?
The median size of an owner-occupied home is 1800 square feet, according to the U.S. Census’ most recent data released in 2013 . This means roughly 50 percent of all owner-occupied homes in America are above this.
But, this does not mean it’s ideal for all families. A lot of factors come into play when we help families try to find that “sweet spot.”
Bigger houses offer the obvious: more bedrooms, bathrooms, living spaces and bonus rooms like home offices or playrooms. While smaller houses can be much more affordable to heat, cool, furnish, maintain and clean.
Here are some of the questions we ask families to consider when searching for the perfect-size home.
What does your land look like?
Is the lot you’ve chosen to build your home long and narrow? Wide and shallow? Maybe square? These types of lots play a large role in designing your home.
Do you entertain frequently?
Depending on how much you host, you may need a larger backyard. It won’t affect your home’s size much, or more open space for parties and such.
Do you host stay-over guests often?
This will affect the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you’d need and the home’s layout.
Do you have extended family who lives with you, but needs their own areas?
A trend we’re seeing with some of our clients is a “mother-in-law suite” or living space where a family member can live with them. However, , but they have their own kitchenette and bathroom so it’s almost like their own apartment within the family home.
Do you have a lot of “stuff” that needs to be kept organized?
Many families have better luck keeping their “stuff” organized when more square footage is allotted in the common living areas such as the kitchen, family room, office, etc. than in the bedrooms.
Where do you see your family in the next five years? Ten years?
If you see yourself adding in family or children moving out in the next five to ten years, then a smaller home may work better for you in the long run. However, if you’re thinking of growing your family size or having another family member move in with you, it may be best to think of a larger floor plan. It’s been theorized a baby can “shrink the size of your house by approximately thirty percent.” Keep this in mind if you’re thinking of expanding your family and building your home now.
Do you like to travel and won’t be home a lot?
Some of our clients prefer to have a smaller home like our Heartland series homes, because they may not be present 100 percent of the time. They love coming home to something, but don’t need extra space which they won’t use on a daily basis.
At Homestead Homes, we have been helping people design and build their dream homes since 1995. We offer our existing Homestead house plans and also work with customers to design custom home plans. We are currently building throughout the Midwest in Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. We would love to assist you today in helping you build your own house. Contact us for more information!