living space

when measuring a homes living space for sq. footage are bathrooms, closets and basements included? anything not included?
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Usually everything under the roof that is heated or cooled Muff

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On Sun, 21 May 2006 21:18:42 GMT, "Muff"

Depends on what you're measuring it for. If you're putting it up for sale, you don't count any spaces you didn't have permits to finish.....
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You are going to get a lot of conflicting answers to this post. All of them may be right depending on the rules for the area of the country or how the person was taught.
There have been and will be many more lawsuits because some one failed to define "square footage".
The safest approach is to define the gross square footage of the dwelling by floors. The exception being a partially finished basement.
In your example above closets and bathrooms are part of the living space by most standards as is the finished portion of a basement. But basements are normally noted as a separate entry.
The gross square footage of a dwelling is determined by measuring the exterior dimensions. In the case of a rectangle L x W = square footage. This is the definition of "gross square footage".
If you are selling it is ALWAYS best to add the word approximate after the square footage value and the term "information is believed to be accurate but is not warranted."
Colbyt
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