According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average size of a new home in the U.S. is 2,687 square feet. You may feel that’s the perfect size for you, prefer something more palatial, or desire to downsize to decrease some responsibilities included in owning a large home. Regardless of your current thoughts on square footage, putting a pencil to your desires, dreams, and minimums will help you calculate the ideal square footage for your new custom home.
Transitions bring a new opportunity for evaluation, and when it’s time to design your new home, objective evaluation provides clear direction when it comes to planning square footage. So, evaluate your priorities, evaluate your budget, and evaluate your non-negotiables, and you’ll be well on your way to the perfect square footage for your custom home.
Number of bedrooms directly impacts overall square footage
Bedroom count is the primary driver for square footage, so consider carefully how many you will need. Look at your current needs and take your future needs into consideration as well.
How to calculate dining room size
The dining room size should be proportionate to the number of bedrooms. Here’s the equation: accommodate space for two people for every one bedroom in the home. If you have four bedrooms, you should plan for eight seats at the dining room table.
Create space for independence for multiple generations
If there are multiple generations in a home, each should have a place for privacy and independence. If you plan on building a mother-in-law suite so your parents can age gracefully in your home, they will need some space to relax within the home. It can be as simple as a sitting area outside their bedroom, or a sunroom adjacent to their granny suite. And teens appreciate some space of their own such as a loft area, or even a garage they can turn into a game room by setting up a ping pong table and adding some seating for parties.
Empty nesters love space and often upsize instead of downsize. They’ve raised their children and they deserve to splurge on themselves on things like a larger master suite and larger closets in the master.
Home design is critical, and depending on how the square footage is arranged, sometimes a smaller home can be a better fit than a bigger one.
Here are some questions to help evaluate your needs for square footage in your new custom home:
1. What type of lifestyle do you desire in your new home?
2. What do you enjoy doing in your current home? Prioritize it!
3. How many bedrooms do you need?
4. How many full and half bathrooms do you desire?
5. How many cars do you need to fit into your garage?
6. What are your current needs for a kitchen?
7. How many seats do you want to accommodate at the table?
8. Do you desire one or two eating areas?
9. Do you want a formal dining and a formal living space, or do you prefer one open space for the kitchen and family room?
10. Describe your future needs.
- Do you have a growing family?
- Are your children about to leave home for college?
- Do your parents need to move in with you as they age gracefully?
11. What school district do you want to move into?
12. What types of hobbies do you need space for in your new custom home?
13. Do you entertain often? Do you entertain primarily indoors or outdoors?
14. Do you work from home and need a refreshing office space?
15. How many family members will live in your home over the next 5-10 years?
16. Do you desire to downsize or upsize?
17. Do you desire less upkeep and cleaning? Or more space in which to live?
18. Do you want to maximize your outdoor space and go with a modest square footage? Or do you prefer a maximized indoor space—or both?
Make a list of the things you love about where you live now. Be specific—do you love your current home’s fireplace, master suite, natural light, and window type? Next, make a list with three categories:
1. Must Have—Make a detailed list of everything you must have in your new custom home. These are your non-negotiables.
2. Nice to Have—Next, make a list of your nice to haves. These aren’t deal breakers, but you would really like these in your new custom home.
3. Don’t Want to Have—Next, make a list of everything that you do not want in your new home. Perhaps you want a two-story house, and you do not ever want to live in a one story.
Parker Built Homes is a custom home builder specializing in unique, affordable, new home construction in Tulsa and Northeast Oklahoma. We’ve never built a house like yours because a Parker Built Home is designed for people who think outside the box, because their dream doesn’t look like someone else’s. We love the challenge of helping people build a home that fits their life, style, and needs.
We understand the challenge of building something that’s uniquely yours. Creating something that others are afraid to do is what inspires us.
- We don’t do cookie cutter—We have never built the same house twice and we never will. So, add the unique things you love to your custom home: mud room, breakfast nook, or a hidden room.
- We over-communicate—We keep the lines of communication open throughout the building process.
- We fight for your dream—We’ll never give in to the challenges that come with building a custom home.
We Make Custom Home Building Easy
- First—we consult with you about your goals.
- Next—we develop a detailed concept.
- Then—we design a set of plans, create a build strategy, and start building.