|average size of an American home through the years|
The families ranged in size from a married couple to a married couple with 2 kids, and for the most part, they were happy with their decision to downsize and live in smaller digs. While I think the two super small homes are a little extreme, a family of four living in a 960 square foot home sounds doable. The most important thing is that the house be well designed for that scenario.
Mr. G and I lived in a house that was just under 1100 square feet and had ample space. Every room had a good size closet, the kitchen cabinets went right up to the ceiling, and there was no wasted space in the floor plan . . but we didn't realize these things while we were living there (oh hindsight). When we actually started house hunting for our own place, we didn't even consider things like closets.
As for our current house? It's about 1800 square feet, or 167 square meters, and that's definitely way more than we need, strictly speaking. (Although Mr. G and I bought this house with a future family in mind.) We have 3 bedrooms, and only need one; we have a living room and a sun room (my favorite room in the house).
But with only 6 kitchen cabinets and 3 closets (1 per bedroom), we are seriously lacking in the storage department. We actually keep bath towels in the guest bedroom because we have no linen closet, haha. So while we could go smaller, I don't think we will just because of the hassle to sell our house and buy a new one. And we love our yard and neighborhood, but can't bring those with us if we sell. ;)
And slightly off topic (but cool), this image compares how much space (on average) is allotted per person in various countries:
What do you think of your house's size? Could you go smaller or would you prefer a larger place?