I have never fully understood the obsession with square footage as a measurement of the livability of a house.
Determining actual square footage is an art and not a science and depends on who is doing the calculations and how the home is measured. Is there a two-story atrium, or an unheated storage area “under roof?” Has finished basement space been included in the total?
What about knee-walls and head clearance? Many a finished attic space allows as much “standing space” as it does floor space.
Has a closed-in garage been included or an unheated Florida room? Does ALL of the finished space have the same quality of finish, and was the work done by a builder or the homeowner?
How much space is lost to hallways or mechanical service areas? I have seen some floor plans that would rival any maze for twists and turns and dead ends.
Also, is the bulk of the square footage distributed throughout the house or is a recent add-on consuming the bulk of the space leaving tiny bedrooms with little closet space?
It is also important to know who provided the advertised number. Was an appraiser or the tax assessor or the SELLER?
While numbers can be useful for some comparisons, seeing is believing. Livability is directly related to the space that you actually USE in your day to day life.
Because once you buy the house, you have to live there!
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