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National Home Builder’s Association Examines Space Distribution

Here’s how your living space is typically divided up in this year's new homes, according to the National Home Builders Association, which just studied the average distribution of finished space in a typical new home.

Even though the location of each room changes from plan to plan, the study uncovered the typical size of each type of room, as well as how much square footage goes into bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, and kitchens, as a general rule.

Here’s how the numbers came out regarding finished space in typical new homes built by NAHB’s members:

Master Bedroom: 12%Raleigh New Homes | Home Sizes in Raleigh

Master Bath: 6%

Kitchen: 11.6%

Family Room: 11.5%

Living Room: 8.6%

Dining Room: 7.4%

Other Bedrooms: 16.8%

Foyer: 3.4%

Laundry: 3.7%


The study focused on homes from under 2000 square feet to over 3000 square feet, in their determination that rooms that are frequented the most, such as master bedroom, kitchen and family room typically have the most square footage. Here’s what those numbers look like:


Master Bedroom: 309Raleigh New Homes | Home Sizes Raleigh

Master Bath: 160

Kitchen: 306

Family Room: 404

Living Room: 330

Dining Room: 216

Other Bedrooms: 481

Foyer: 101

Laundry: 102

Great Room (can indicate square footage from connected spaces): 550

Walk In Kitchen Pantry: 37

To find out more about the average sizes of hallways, studies, bonus rooms, and breakfast nooks for single family builder members of the NAHB, go to this link:

Click here to read the full study, from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), courtesy of

Top custom home builders like Stanton Homes, who design and build homes to your exact specifications, often create homes that have more emphasis in specific areas based on the lifestyles of their homebuyers – with special focus on master suites (including extensive closets and bathrooms,) kitchens and great rooms.

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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Yes, it does seem like the size of the rooms are increasing in newer homes, as well as remodeled homes.

Oct 08, 2013 09:23 PM #1
Dinah Stallworth-Lewis
Priority Real Estate LLC - 800.978.4847 - Natchitoches, LA

This is a good study provided by the National Association of Home Builders .  When customers can build a  home, they get to customize it to fit their family needs.  These are interesting trends! 

Oct 09, 2013 01:53 AM #2
Jimmy Faulkner
Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage - Wantagh, NY
The Best Of St. Augustine

Very interesting to see what makes up a home in size. The kitchen and family room are always key features and the Master Bedroom is important and noticing that more room given to closets really means something. Great Post.

Oct 09, 2013 05:07 AM #3
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Debbie - the reallocation of space can get interesting!

Dinah - the NAHB has some great survey information, they spend a lot of time talking to builders and finding out what is going with today's new homes.

Jimmy - closets and storage in general keep getting more important.  In this year's Wake County Parade of Homes, there is a huge emphasis on Drop Zones as well, which can function as a coat closet.  Reducing clutter is a big theme.

Oct 09, 2013 05:14 AM #4
Brian Sharkey
SharkeyRE LLC - Port St Lucie, FL
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Oct 09, 2013 06:19 AM #5
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Interesting data.  One can really tell the difference in homes built today versus 20-25 years ago.  Inddor laundry rooms, 2.5 baths instead of just two...  Just to name a few.

Oct 09, 2013 02:02 PM #6
Terri Woods
Benton, Linn and Douglas Counties - Days Creek, OR
Selling Homes and Land in Oregon

I had no idea that we even had those types of statistics. Very interesting. This is a post that I will spend more time on. Thanks for the links.

Oct 09, 2013 03:51 PM #7
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