Every time the economy gets bad, the size of new homes goes down a bit. Once the economy improves, we seem to creep upwards in our preferences again. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average house built in 2013 was 2,679 square feet, an increase of 160 square feet from 2012. Trends about where people want the space distributed in a home have changed, however, even as the overall varies. Even for those looking to buy a an existing home instead of new construction want a home that is laid out to accommodate their own lifestyle and the size of their family.
What Ikea Found Americans Want
As a study by Swedish retailer IKEA pointed out, people want space where they spend time in the home. Having extra rooms for special uses is not as important as having room to enjoy activities and store their stuff where they spend time. They recently surveyed 4,000 male and female U.S. consumers between 25-54. Here are a few of their conclusions:
- People feel cramped in the kitchen and long for kitchen storage, elbow room, and counterspace.
- In the kitchen, people love technology, but what they use is not high-tech cooking gadgets, but the TV, computer or music system.
- Bedrooms also lack enough storage space, so 54% of the survey respondents stored things under the bed.
- 65% of respondents felt the living room was the most popular spot in the house, especially when connected to the kitchen to make it open space.
Location, Location, Location
The survey responses may not hit on what you feel is important in your home, but does serve as a reality...