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View Poll Results: Square feet of living space per person in your home
200-299 6 8.22%
300-399 7 9.59%
400-499 12 16.44%
500-599 9 12.33%
More 39 53.42%
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Unread 06-07-2012, 03:41 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Default How many square feet of living space do the residents of your home have?

There has been a lot of discussion about how many square feet of living space people have in various housing situations. For example, a four person family in a 1315 sq. ft house has 328 sq. ft. per person. That is the size of the first house DH and I owned (not 1350 as I previously stated). Our current home is 2500 sq. ft. and we had four people in here for 13 years, and off and on for years after that. That works out to 625 sq. ft. per person.

So, take the square footing of your residential unit (include basement if applicable), divide by the number of people living with you, and calculate the square footage. Be honest!
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Unread 06-07-2012, 05:55 PM
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Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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Well, my current house is about 900 square feet, and I'm single. But, a family of 4 lived here before me. (mom, dad, 2 kids)

My project house is about 1700 square feet. I know that's excessive for one person, but it's one of the smaller houses in that neighborhood.
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Unread 06-07-2012, 06:16 PM
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Well, my current house is about 900 square feet, and I'm single. But, a family of 4 lived here before me. (mom, dad, 2 kids)

My project house is about 1700 square feet. I know that's excessive for one person, but it's one of the smaller houses in that neighborhood.
This is a good example of what I was talking about in another thread. You don't need to apologize. I certainly don't care.
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Unread 06-07-2012, 06:31 PM
 
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About 450 sf per person, not counting a not-up-to-code basement. Feels like plenty to me.
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Unread 06-07-2012, 06:32 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Are basements generally counted in sq footage? Wife and i have 2 roommates. So that's a little north of 250 per person in our 1000 sq ft house. If the basement is not included, probably more like 325.
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Unread 06-07-2012, 06:36 PM
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Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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This is a good example of what I was talking about in another thread. You don't need to apologize. I certainly don't care.
But, since I'm one of only a few posters from the rust belt, I don't think I make a good example. Because of it's population decline, Youngstown has a lot of excess space, which makes it easy for someone like me to have a lot of it.
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Unread 06-07-2012, 06:58 PM
 
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Not all square footage is created equal. Some builders count a room with a volume ceiling as twice its floor area since it occupies two stories. More common is measuring from the outside walls, which counts a lot of unusable space. I was more conservative with my estimates.
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Unread 06-07-2012, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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How many square feet of living space do the residents of your home have?
1945SF

[i live alone]
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Unread 06-07-2012, 07:10 PM
 
Location: North Metro Atlanta
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2500/2 = 1250 per person
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Unread 06-07-2012, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Western Massachusetts
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Zillow claims 3600 sq ft for the house I'm living in. It's subdivided into two apartments and ours is noticeably smaller than the other. So my guess is slightly under 1600 square feet, but it could be over. 4 people.

I find it comfortable but not super roomy just in between. I've seen (and lived in) more cramped.

We have a basement, but it's not fit for habitation. it's good for growing mildew though.
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