The average American home is about 2,349 square feet, compared to 1,695 square feet in 1974. Over the years, the size of kitchens has doubled, the first-floor ceilings have grown by more than a foot, and bedrooms have increased by 54 square feet.

Are homes having growth spurts because families are getting bigger? Nope.

In 2004, the average family size was 2.6 people. Thirty years ago, it was 3.1 people. So, our homes have been getting larger while our families are getting smaller.

While new homes in general are bigger, you still need to figure out what size home fits YOUR family. Choosing a home with Beechen & Dill that is either too small or too big only delays the inevitable dissatisfaction you’ll feel. Taking the time to “right size” your new home now can save you time and money in the long run.

Here are some tips for choosing the right square footage for your family:

  • Plan for the future. Are you going to have kids? Will you be working from home? Do you need a guest suite for visitors? Do you entertain a lot?
  • Measure and record each of the rooms in your current home, and think of how you use them. Do you need more or less space? Include cooking, dining, bedrooms, closets, bathrooms, living, storage, and mechanical/utility space.
  • Prioritize and be honest. Consider how much space you really need. Number of bedrooms, functioning kitchen, comfortable family space.
  • Is there wasted space, space you won’t use, like a formal dining room or a library? Would you rather have flexible spaces – extra bedrooms that can be an office, a den that can be a guest room?
  • What’s on your wish (not need) list? A kitchen with an eating nook and a walk-in pantry? A second floor laundry room? A finished basement?
  • Finally, remember that bigger homes cost more. Consider your mortgage payments, utilities, taxes and maintenance costs.

Headquartered in Burr Ridge, Illinois, Beechen & Dill Homes is recognized as one of Chicagoland’s most buyer-friendly and distinctive home builders. Beechen & Dill Homes has constructed an award-winning reputation over 40 years and dozens of planned communities and custom home projects in Chicago’s south and southwest suburbs. For more information, please visit