Trends in housing come and go. While families in the 1940’s and 1950’s were perfectly content with 900 square feet, by 2000 many believed they needed two or three thousand.
This happened in spite of families growing smaller. For a while, it looked as if most believed every family member needed 900 square feet. In addition to shared living spaces, each person needed a spacious bedroom plus their own private bath.
In 2016, many new home builders were sticking in the 2,400 to 2,600 range – while others were embracing the concept of the tiny house. I can’t envision living year round in less than 100 square feet, but some individuals enjoy it.
When you choose your new Pittsburg home, the question should not be “What is the trend?” because that trend will change from year to year.
The questions should be “How much room do I (or we) actually need?” and “How much room will I (we) actually use?”
- Do you need both a living room and a family room?
- Do you need a separate dining room?
- Do you need one bedroom per child?
- Do you need a master bedroom large enough to double as a private retreat?
- Does each family member need his or her own bathroom?
- Do you need an office or a craft room – or perhaps an exercise room?
- Do you need space for something large – such as a grand piano?
- Do you need a garage? If so, for how many vehicles?
- Do you need a workshop separate from the garage?
Cost is the next issue.
Naturally, a larger home will have a higher price tag, but that’s just the initial expense. The more space you have, the more upkeep it will take, both in terms of time and money.
So the next considerations should be about cleaning, maintenance, and cost. Even if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, it takes some money to maintain a home.
These are questions and considerations to discuss with those who will share your home because your final choice will affect everyone.
Whether you’re looking for a 100 square foot “tiny home” or a 10,000 square foot mansion here in the Pittsburg area, call me. I have access to every home listed in the EBRDI (East Bay Regional Data Inc) Multiple Listing Service, and I’d be glad to help you choose the one that’s just right for you.