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(life.inc)   Census Bureau says average home built today is 650 square feet larger than homes built in 1980. Coincidentally, most people are 650 square feet larger than they were in 1980   (lifeinc.today.com ) divider line
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2011-09-12 06:51:58 PM  
Considering that older homes tended toward claustrophobic, this is a good thing.

Grew up in a 1100 square foot home with parents and five siblings - this is now considered a nice bachelor pad.
 
2011-09-12 08:25:59 PM  

LordZorch: Considering that older homes tended toward claustrophobic, this is a good thing.

Grew up in a 1100 square foot home with parents and five siblings - this is now considered a nice bachelor pad.


That would have been tight. We have a 1954 ~1000 sq ft post-war bungalow for our family of 4, and on occasion it feels like living in a submarine.
 
2011-09-12 08:58:07 PM  
Nice one Subby. I LOL'd.
 
2011-09-12 09:04:07 PM  

unyon: That would have been tight. We have a 1954 ~1000 sq ft post-war bungalow for our family of 4, and on occasion it feels like living in a submarine.


Grew up in something similar.

The thing is - me and my two sisters never really noticed it because we were *always* playing outside. In all kinds of weather. With other kids, even!
 
2011-09-12 09:05:32 PM  

LordZorch: Considering that older homes tended toward claustrophobic, this is a good thing.

Grew up in a 1100 square foot home with parents and five siblings - this is now considered a nice bachelor pad.


Wow, did you all grow up to be close or are you all sick to death of each other now? If I'd had to share that much space with my parents and three older brothers (who used to take pride in who could release the most noxious farts) I probably would've gone insane.
 
2011-09-12 09:58:17 PM  
I love you, subby. Hold me.
 
2011-09-12 11:27:40 PM  
My parents should get the hero tag for buying the house next to us purely to ensure it wasn't bought, ripped down, and turned into McMansion. Sometimes I feel like I have the only pretty well off non-materialistic parents on the planet.

/Very nice bungalow owners, represent.
 
2011-09-12 11:28:16 PM  
We had 1400 ft² for the four of us. We added a 1000 ft² and now it is just about right.
 
2011-09-12 11:29:11 PM  
I killed my other 6 brothers and sisters.. 1020sqft home was quite roomy after that.
 
2011-09-12 11:29:29 PM  
650 is approx. the square footage of my house, so i'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2011-09-12 11:29:37 PM  

LordZorch: Considering that older homes tended toward claustrophobic, this is a good thing.

Grew up in a 1100 square foot home with parents and five siblings - this is now considered a nice bachelor pad.


1980 isn't old.
 
2011-09-12 11:30:28 PM  

LordZorch: Considering that older homes tended toward claustrophobic, this is a good thing.

Grew up in a 1100 square foot home with parents and five siblings - this is now considered a nice bachelor pad.


1740 SF is the 1980 average cited in TFA. No real excuse for that not being enough room for most broods without the last names Gosselin or Suleman.

/b-b-but, what about my MEDIA ROOM??!?
 
2011-09-12 11:31:40 PM  

LordZorch: Considering that older homes tended toward claustrophobic, this is a good thing.

Grew up in a 1100 square foot home with parents and five siblings - this is now considered a nice bachelor pad.


As a bachelor, I find my 1960's 3 bedroom to be just about perfect.
Although the closet space is a bit lacking even for a single, straight man.
 
2011-09-12 11:31:40 PM  

emersonbiggins: LordZorch: Considering that older homes tended toward claustrophobic, this is a good thing.

Grew up in a 1100 square foot home with parents and five siblings - this is now considered a nice bachelor pad.

1740 SF is the 1980 average cited in TFA. No real excuse for that not being enough room for most broods without the last names Gosselin or Suleman.

/b-b-but, what about my MEDIA ROOM??!?


Cupboard under the stairs....
 
2011-09-12 11:31:54 PM  
Man, that sucks. People shouldn't be allowed to build big houses.
 
2011-09-12 11:32:55 PM  
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Also,

i52.tinypic.com
 
2011-09-12 11:33:25 PM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: 650 is approx. the square footage of my house, so i'm getting a kick out of these replies.


650 square feet? When I was a kid we lived in a woodpile. We use sit on top of it in the evening and crack our knuckles so the neighbors would think we could afford walnuts. I had a stick for a pet. I taught him how to stay.
 
2011-09-12 11:34:40 PM  

unyon: LordZorch: Considering that older homes tended toward claustrophobic, this is a good thing.

Grew up in a 1100 square foot home with parents and five siblings - this is now considered a nice bachelor pad.

That would have been tight. We have a 1954 ~1000 sq ft post-war bungalow for our family of 4, and on occasion it feels like living in a submarine.


Our apartment is ~650 square feet, and shelters three humans and two cats. Doesn't feel small to us. Yeah, it would be nice to have a third bedroom or an office, but we're all happy with the size.

\ Lives in Los Angeles
\\ Pays $2,000/month rent
\\\ Stands in line behind movie stars at our local Whole Foods
 
2011-09-12 11:35:47 PM  

shanrick: Third_Uncle_Eno: 650 is approx. the square footage of my house, so i'm getting a kick out of these replies.

650 square feet? When I was a kid we lived in a woodpile. We use sit on top of it in the evening and crack our knuckles so the neighbors would think we could afford walnuts. I had a stick for a pet. I taught him how to stay.


Wow.. boondocks... I lived in a modern neighborhood... we used to play frisbee with manhole covers...
 
2011-09-12 11:37:18 PM  
1. Buy a giant house in the exburbs.
2. No one comes to visit you because you live so far away.
3. Cry because you can't feel better than other people.
 
2011-09-12 11:37:47 PM  
These people better not be biatching if they can't afford the utility bills in a few decades.

/energy costs are going up
//and there's nothing you can do about it
 
2011-09-12 11:37:59 PM  
I live in a mill town where there are a ton of 800 sq ft homes, but they are on big lots. Most have had additions put on by now. At one time the mill owned the houses and you rented them from the company. The company also bought "blocks" of electric and diveded the cost between the renters, water was dirt cheap too. You were assigned the house by the number of kids you have and your position in the company. Must have been a strange life, they owned you from cradle to grave.
The mill has long closed and the houses went on the market and sold.
 
2011-09-12 11:38:24 PM  

diaphoresis: I killed my other 6 brothers and sisters.. 1020sqft home was quite roomy after that.


OK, I LOL'd.

/new favorite
 
2011-09-12 11:42:37 PM  
At one point, I my ex-wife, and two kids lived in a 1000 square foot house, built in the 60's. it was pretty tight. There was an outdoor shed, but no garage, just an open

I currently (divorced now), have a 1200 square foot apartment to myself, with one bedroom for me, one for the kids when they come to visit, and one guest room. It seems the perfect size for a single guy... not sure I could take sharing it with a roomie or something.

Storage isn't an issue, since there's an attached garage.

/Pretty nice complex in a nice neighborhood - gated community, two pools, alarm system, gym, etc.

//No way I'd trade these amenities and convenience right now to mow the lawn and fight the HOA.

(Walking distance to a dive bar and a Whataburger!)
 
2011-09-12 11:42:48 PM  
411.mlsimages.movoto.com
Kannapolis mill home
 
2011-09-12 11:44:06 PM  
Speak for yourself, subby. In square feet, I'm still the same size. However, I'm about 15 cubic feet larger than I was in 1980.
 
2011-09-12 11:44:41 PM  
Worse yet, most homes built in the last 30 years are cheap-assed pieces shiate. It's true. Ask any engineer.
 
2011-09-12 11:44:49 PM  
Still not the real issue. We grew up in a mid-1950's 3,000sq/ft, 3, 2.5, 2-car on 1.5 acres. Plenty of room and all, but with a sister that is 5'9" and a father and all males all over 6'2", I'm just sick of ducking under shower heads that come up to my chest and having to lean over kitchen and bathroom counter tops to accommodate what was considered to be people of average height "in the day".

/sorry Miss D. and other short farks; easier on you to use a step stool than for us to break our farkin' backs from years of leaning over...while listening to our mothers biatching at us not to slouch.
 
2011-09-12 11:44:54 PM  
Meanwhile prices have gone up 69%. *sigh*
 
2011-09-12 11:46:16 PM  

Izunbacol: At one point, I my ex-wife, and two kids lived in a 1000 square foot house, built in the 60's. it was pretty tight. There was an outdoor shed, but no garage, just an open

I currently (divorced now), have a 1200 square foot apartment to myself, with one bedroom for me, one for the kids when they come to visit, and one guest room. It seems the perfect size for a single guy... not sure I could take sharing it with a roomie or something.

Storage isn't an issue, since there's an attached garage.

/Pretty nice complex in a nice neighborhood - gated community, two pools, alarm system, gym, etc.

//No way I'd trade these amenities and convenience right now to mow the lawn and fight the HOA.

(Walking distance to a dive bar and a Whataburger!)


Whataburger!
You must live in Concord
 
2011-09-12 11:46:16 PM  
trying finding a 650 sq ft. apartment in manhattan for under $2500 rent.
 
2011-09-12 11:47:11 PM  

cig-mkr: Must have been a strange life, they owned you from cradle to grave.


Now it's totally different... you get paid half as much in real wages, get no pension and get tossed around between a couple dozen firms.
 
2011-09-12 11:47:15 PM  
me, the fiancee, three kids, and two cats in a 1000 square foot late 50s ranch.

yeah, it's tight. one bathroom is a biatch. you adjust. worse yet is no basement in tornado alley. there is a crawl space but I have that rented out to a troupe of mexican midget wrestlers.
 
2011-09-12 11:49:14 PM  

Omahawg: me, the fiancee, three kids, and two cats in a 1000 square foot late 50s ranch.

yeah, it's tight. one bathroom is a biatch. you adjust. worse yet is no basement in tornado alley. there is a crawl space but I have that rented out to a troupe of mexican midget wrestlers.


Luxury.
 
2011-09-12 11:49:26 PM  

12349876: These people better not be biatching if they can't afford the utility bills in a few decades.

/energy costs are going up
//and there's nothing you can do about it


Um, lets see:


solar cells on the roof.
more efficient appliances.
turn the A/C to 78-80 in the summer, heat to 66-68 in the winter.
CFLs
in-line, tankless water heaters.
Good insulation
turn shiat off you're not using.
be less wasteful in general...

Yep, nothing you can do about it.

/yes, I had typos in my last fark comment.
//I'm a divorced single guy. if I want drink beer and play on fark on a monday night, I do it. Isn't your wife telling you to do the dishes?
 
2011-09-12 11:49:55 PM  

Peki: Meanwhile prices have gone up 69%. *sigh*


Give it time, give it time.

Snap up Boomer homes when they start flooding the market, feverishly trying to pay for whatever lofty retirement goals they will never see fulfilled. Might be a good point in time to liquidate any equity accounts you may have as well.
 
2011-09-12 11:53:01 PM  

Izunbacol: 12349876: These people better not be biatching if they can't afford the utility bills in a few decades.

/energy costs are going up
//and there's nothing you can do about it

Um, lets see:


solar cells on the roof.
more efficient appliances.
turn the A/C to 78-80 in the summer, heat to 66-68 in the winter.
CFLs
in-line, tankless water heaters.
Good insulation
turn shiat off you're not using.
be less wasteful in general...

Yep, nothing you can do about it.

/yes, I had typos in my last fark comment.
//I'm a divorced single guy. if I want drink beer and play on fark on a monday night, I do it. Isn't your wife telling you to do the dishes?


I steal electricity... they're rich, so no harm done
 
2011-09-12 11:54:02 PM  

howdoibegin: My parents should get the hero tag for buying the house next to us purely to ensure it wasn't bought, ripped down, and turned into McMansion. Sometimes I feel like I have the only pretty well off non-materialistic parents on the planet.

.


sounds like they are selfish...and snobby...and highly materialistic since they are trying to protect themselves from...gasp...a McMansion.
 
2011-09-12 11:54:28 PM  
My house was built in 1986. It's the same size now as it was then.
 
2011-09-12 11:54:58 PM  

diaphoresis: I steal electricity... they're rich, so no harm done


Flip the meter over and they'll owe you.

/That's actually a thing.
//But you'll be arrested.
 
2011-09-12 11:55:23 PM  
Grew up in house built 1961, 1200 sq ft, 3br 1 (one) bath, unfinished basement, but was just parent and 1 sibling and myself. Plenty of room and privacy, no complaints. It's all a matter of attitude.
 
2011-09-12 11:55:49 PM  

JohnnyDanger: Worse yet, most homes built in the last 30 years are cheap-assed pieces shiate. It's true. Ask any engineer.


true. i have no idea why people pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a home that consists of glued together wood chips wrapped in Tyvek plastic. There is a sucker, there is a minute.
 
2011-09-12 11:56:16 PM  
as a single guy with a dog living in a 2100 sqft 3 bedroom 2 bath country house with an attached 2 car garage I sure am getting a kick out of these replies

/was 1100 square foot dump when I bought it-
//renovated with the intentions of having kids here-
///biatch wife ran off with her boss, biatch
 
2011-09-12 11:56:55 PM  
what is that in cubic feet?

Subby, may be right. If somehow units do their shiat and we can get some volume in there. We need an integral don't we?
 
2011-09-12 11:57:37 PM  

Izunbacol: Yep, nothing you can do about it.


All that pales in comparison to the savings you can get by cutting your square footage and some walls to go with the windows. And REAL MURRICANS TM would never do a lot of those things because they're Communist.
 
2011-09-12 11:59:44 PM  

TheSnacky: My house was built in 1986. It's the same size now as it was then.


Mine was built just after that and it is as large as they are saying new homes are. Did I do something wrong?

It is waaaay too large for 2 people, tho. 6? Perfect. 5? Fine. One more out the door and I am downsizing.
 
2011-09-13 12:00:23 AM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: what is that in cubic feet?

Subby, may be right. If somehow units do their shiat and we can get some volume in there. We need an integral don't we?


Uh huh.

What's a cubit?
 
2011-09-13 12:00:51 AM  
Would I be right in guessing that new single-family homes have actually grown in size LESS rapidly from 1980-2010 than they did from 1950-1980?

The ranchers built at Levittown were crazy small by modern standards.
 
2011-09-13 12:01:55 AM  

tenpoundsofcheese: howdoibegin: My parents should get the hero tag for buying the house next to us purely to ensure it wasn't bought, ripped down, and turned into McMansion. Sometimes I feel like I have the only pretty well off non-materialistic parents on the planet.

sounds like they are selfish...and snobby...and highly materialistic since they are trying to protect themselves from...gasp...a McMansion.


Actually, they rent the place out at no profit over their mortgage. They live in a bungalow too. They just like not being surrounded by two stories built to the edge of the lots on both sides. They live well within their means and vote liberal, so here's yur model example of people who don't go into debt, are pro-social-programs and contribute a ton to the GDP and the tax base, and happily so.

So if that pisses you off, yikes.
 
2011-09-13 12:02:03 AM  
Interesting that the world's (and the US's) population has grown from perhaps 5 billion in 1980 (about 250 million in the US) to close to 7 billion (300+ million in US), and we now have even more room to live in. What is all this about over population again?
 
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