Size Matters: What Square Footage is Right For You

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Size Matters: What Square Footage is Right For You

People seem to be conflicted when it comes to the ideal size of a home. A lot of people still love the idea of living in a home that is practically a mansion, but we can’t forget the trend of living in tiny houses to save money and reducing our carbon footprint. A large mansion and a custom-built cottage with a single room are two huge extremes, but what is the ideal middle ground? How do you determine the right square footage for your own home?

1,500 Square Feet Could Be Best

According to an article on Southerliving.com, the ideal size of a house is 1,500 square feet. Some people with large families or those who are used to having a lot of space might find this to be on the small side, but it does give you plenty of room to build fewer larger rooms, especially if you want to merge the kitchen and dining room into a single space. A large room can be used for practically anything, from a decent master bedroom to an intimate den that can be used to entertain guests. 1,500 square feet is also plenty of room if you want to create smaller rooms if you have a larger family of people who don’t mind smaller sleeping quarters. In other words, a 1,500 square-foot home is big enough for most families to live comfortably, but small enough that it won’t cost you too much to build and maintain.

Planning for the Future

One of the keys to determining the ideal size of a house is to plan for the future. A newlywed couple might be just fine in a smaller home or even an apartment, but that will change very quickly if they decide to have children. Suddenly, the cozy tiny house they fell in love with is too small, and they will either have to spend the time, money and effort to expand or find a new place to live. On the other hand, buying a larger home that is over 2,000 square feet when you don’t need one is just wasteful. The trick is to find a home that feels comfortable, with plenty of room that can be allocated to other uses as time goes on.

So yes, maybe 1,500 square feet is the ideal size for a home, but you will need to decide for yourself how big your home should be. If you have a large family or plan to have a large family, something between 1,500 and 2,000 square feet might be ideal. Otherwise, you can opt for something smaller if you are fine with a more minimalist lifestyle.

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