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Study Looks at How Finished Space Is Distributed in New Homes

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:


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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First Landing of Columbus on the Shores of the New World, after the painting by Dióscoro Teófilo de la Puebla Tolin.

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