I'm not saying all, but like, a standard suburbian house is fucking gigantic and extremely cheap. If you want to buy a house for 200.000 euros in the Netherlands, you're gonna get this:
Which is a house with one bathroom, often times two bedrooms, a kitchen and living area, maybe a separate toilet, a hall way and an attic.
I browse shows or the internet sometimes and all your houses seem to have like 4 bathrooms and 5 bedrooms? What the fuck? Why do you need this many bathrooms? What do you do with them?
- Yes, we do.Vote A
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- Never thought about it much..Vote C
Most Helpful Guy
Don't know about everyone else, but I do. I was in the building industry. The houses keep getting bigger and bigger, and more luxurious. But I think the growth in size has tapered off.
For one thing, we have a whole lot of room. That's especially true in the Midwest and some other areas where not only are the houses big, but so are the lots.
Post WW2 most new houses in the suburbs were probably around 800-1200 sq ft ( approx 75 - 100 sq meters). They gradually increased to around 1500-2000 during the 70s. Then even more to around 2500-3500 (230-325 sq meters). Some are even bigger. Most of the ones I was building were around 3500-4500 (325-410).
Lots in the Midwest are very commonly 1/2 acre ( 30x60 ) of land per house.
Number of bedrooms has increased. Number of bathrooms has increased. All rooms have gotten much bigger in area, and very often higher ceilings as well. This at a time when the average number of people in a household decreased.
Why? Mostly because people can afford it. They have way more money than they used to. Interest rates affect it. Four walls of a big room takes only slightly more labor to build than a room half the size. Cost of materials are also more efficient. They can just afford a lot more than they used to.2
Most Helpful Girl
Well, the house that i share with my fiancé is 2,600sqft. 4 bedrooms 2 bath plus a 400 sqft sunroom. Then we have a detached 4 care garage with a studio apartment above the garage and another garage an 800 sqft office. We use one bedroom for ourselves, another for an exercise room a third room for a guest room and 4th room for an office. Then the apartment my fiancé uses as a studio. The office in the other garage is used for storage for materials that I use for an online business. The house sits on six acres. Its an average sized home for the area.2