Small vs. Large Homes: How Do Major Living Spaces Stack Up?

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A new study from NAHB shows that bedrooms and kitchens account for 28% and 11.2%, respectively, of the space in the average new home. The master bedroom alone typically accounts for 10.7% of the home, with other bedrooms comprising 17.3% of the overall square footage. The data, which is based on responses to the November 2018 survey for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, also compares percentages between small homes (less than 2,000 finished square feet) and large homes (at least 3,500 finished square feet). For example, master bedrooms comprise 13.1% of smaller homes and 9.2% of large homes, but other bedrooms account for roughly 17% in both. Kitchens also have a slightly larger footprint in small homes (12.7%) than in large homes (10.5%) — although the latter allocates a larger percentage to nooks (3.4% vs. 3.1%) and walk-in pantries (3% vs. 1.9%), which were calculated separate of the kitchen. Overall, the largest percentage difference comes from the living room or area: 10% of small homes compared to only 4.4% of large homes. Other spaces measured in the full study include: bathrooms, dining rooms, family rooms, laundry rooms, foyers, dens/libraries and other finished living space. Paul Emrath, vice president of surveys and housing policy research, shares more in this Eye on Housing post.

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