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Mega Homes Back

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis June 3, 2014 09:17 AM

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I guess we are just addicted to our supersized homes.

The Great Recession caused untold misery, but for a time it at least looked like it might have at least one beneficial side effect by putting the ever larger American home on a badly needed diet.

Smaller, more efficient homes, shorn of foolish junk like media rooms and cavernous great rooms, looked for a time like they just might be in the wave of the future.

It was not be, though.

Big homes are back with a vengeance, with the average new house now totaling nearly 2,600 square feet, blowing past the previous high set back in 2007 during the waning days of the real estate bubble, new Census figures show.

That's compared to the now seemingly tiny average home of the early 1970s, pegged at 1,660 square feet back in 1973.

The number of bedrooms and bathrooms is on the rise as well.

Of the nearly 570,000 new homes built in 2013, more than 251,000 had four bedrooms or more, while just 59,000 had two bedrooms or less.

On bathrooms, 188,000 homes had three or more, while just 27,000 had one and half or less.

Most new homes, 518,000, came with air conditioning.

So what's my beef with new homes that come with lots of space? Well it's not so much the square footage count as the aesthetics.

Frankly, when builders have a big footprint to work with, they tend to put up ugly homes.

They don't know what to do with all that space.

I hate big open spaces and vaulted ceilings - I like rooms with a sense of purpose, not the ubiquitous breakfast bar surrounded by a monotonous expanse of floor and furniture.

And as much as I love my family, I don't always want to be in the same room with everyone else.

There you go, the truth comes out.

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Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance writer who specializes in real estate and business issues.

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