Monday, September 3, 2007

Really big vs. really small

At nearly 50,900 square feet, the Chase home will be slightly larger than billionaire Bill Gates' home in Washington, about 4,000 square feet smaller than the White House and 20 times larger than the average-size home in America.

New England's Largest Home Being Built

The average U.S. home measures about 2,500 square feet - up from 1,995 square feet in 1988 - according to the National Association of Home Builders. But while houses are getting bigger, rarely are they built as big as the new Chase house.

Then there's the smallest:

Marianna Cusato's Katrina Cottage, originally designed to house victims of Hurricane Katrina, is available to Louisiana and Mississippi residents in floor plans ranging from 544 to 936 square feet. The cost is $45 to $50 per square foot, or $50,000 for the largest model.

Smaller houses can be a perfect fit for many homeowners

How about these two in the Village?

The ever-changing urban view is a blessing, considering their entire one-bedroom apartment measures about 200 square feet, including the bathroom, the separate bedroom and the huge 19th-century fireplace that they occasionally use for roasting marshmallows.

About 100 Square Feet Per Person


Anonymous said...

All any man really needs is six feet....

Old Russian Proverb

Anonymous said...

Live large and die small.

Unless, of course, you're Leona Helmsley.
Then you can build a 2,000 sq foot mausoleum
if you like.....for the after life.

Teach us to number our days
so that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Anonymous said...

Many mega square footage mansions, castles, etc.
were donated to the state by their former owners' families because they couldn't afford
the expensive upkeep and high real estate taxes.

Can you see this happening here
about a hundred years from now?

Anonymous said...

despite its size the mansion looks boring. It's too uniform with the windows all spaced out the same distance apart like those on an apartment building. Very dull and unimaginative.