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