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Study Looks at How Finished Space Is Distributed in New Homes

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Study Looks at How Finished Space Is Distributed in New Homes

Realizing the dearth of information that's readily available on the topic, NAHB researchers recently surveyed our single-family builder members to get a bead on how finished floor space is distributed in new homes. Below are highlights of the resulting special study, the entirety of which you can find on HousingEconomics.com:

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1) Bedroom space accounts for just under 29% of floor space in new homes, irrespective of the overall size of those homes;

2) Bathroom space is allotted 12.3% of total floor area on average, with more space allocated in larger homes, and less in smaller ones;

3) The share of space covered by the laundry room—which is present in the vast majority of homes, irrespective of their size—is 3.7% and varies only to a minor extent with the size of the home;

4) Entry foyers account for 3.4% of the finished area on average;

5) Kitchens get about 11.9% of the space in small homes, versus 11.1% of the space in larger ones;

6) Dining areas account for 7.8% of the space in small homes and 7% of the space in larger ones; and

7) The family room accounts for just over 11% of floor space in small, average, and large size homes, while the living room accounts for nearly 12% of the space in the small home and 7.5% in the large one. 

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