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How Much Square Footage Do I Need For My Family?

If you are in the market for a new home, you may be trying to figure out how much square footage your home needs to be for your family. A great way to answer this important question is to utilize a few practical, tried and true methods.

When deciding on the ideal square footage of your home, you can start by determining how many people will be living there, what your family plans are for the future and your current household income. Once you have defined these factors, you can choose the right layout and begin designating specific areas for work, play, family time and privacy. 

How Much Space Does My Family Need?

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Your current family size and plans for the near future can help you determine the number of bedrooms you will need. If your family includes two partner adults, a child and another one on the way — four bedrooms (three designated rooms and a guest bedroom) is a smart choice. If there’s an older family member planning to move in and/or a college-aged teen moving out soon, adjust the number of bedrooms accordingly.

Next, you can factor in all of the shared living spaces. These can include the kitchen, living room, dining room, family room, den, playroom, workout room, etc. Then, you will want to add up all of that space and divide it by the number of occupants — making sure that you have around 300 to 400 square feet per person. Including bedrooms, about 600 – 700 square feet of combined private and shared space per household member is an ideal balance.

Figure Out What You Want Before You Start Your New Home Search

Discussing your future plans can help determine how much square footage your house should be. Thankfully, Rolwes Company, the premier St. Louis new home builder, specializes in accommodating households of all sizes. Explaining your needs to your company representative can give them a clear idea on which floor plans to show you in order to help you find the perfect fit.

This is especially true if you have plans for multiple children, if in-laws or frequent guests are a factor and if a home office is necessary. Oftentimes, shared spaces and extra rooms can be reimagined to suit multiple purposes. For example, large living areas can be remodeled into work spaces, a guest bedroom can be turned into a nursery and a basement can be turned into a guest suite. This way, you can maximize the use of your square footage without having too much space. 

Set A Reasonable Budget for Your New Home

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Naturally, the price of your new home is affected by the size, and it is smart to choose a square footage layout that fits comfortably within your budget. A safe guideline is to choose a home that is listed at four (and no more than six) times your annual household income.

Buying a house requires planning so that you can make sure you have enough room to suit your needs. Contact us to learn more about new homes with enough space for everyone in your family.

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This post was written by Madison Nedrig

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