The average American home in 1950 was 983 square feet (source) and, according to Census data (PDF), the average American household size was 3.37 people. This means that in 1950 the average American had 292 sfpp (square feet per person).
We have six people living in our home. If we were to go by the standards of 1950, we would have a house with a square footage of 1752. Instead we have 1056, not including the basement or the small shed in the back (no garage). That gives us 176 square feet per person.
According to this source on tiny homes (which doesn't take into account the number of people residing in them):
Starting with square footage, most tiny houses can range anywhere from under 100 square feet (9.29 square meters) to around 1,500 square feet (139.35 square meters).
I guess this qualifies us as having a small house. I love having a smaller house most of the time. It's easier to keep clean and gives me an excuse to regularly weed out "junk". It is difficult when we have company overnight since we only have two bedrooms. It is difficult to have a large group of people at once. Everything else is pretty simple. I like things simple.
I will be doing a series on family living in small spaces. Not that I'm an expert. I would love input from you! If you and your family live in a home under 1,500 square feet or 292 sfpp or less (it's o.k. to leave out a basement or an attic unless it is finished), please e-mail me with your ideas and solutions for any of the following areas of your home:
- Living Areas