I have seen allot of people mention how many square feet their house is. I
know how to measure sq. ft. But what parts of a house do you measure & which
do you not? I would imagine the bedrooms, living rm, kitchen, & dens. But
what about hallways, baths and basements? TIA
Why? It's a two-story house with one level below ground.
According to Dilbert's dream house, it's not only cheaper to put the second
floor below ground, it's WAY cheaper to heat and cool the result.
Not here! And not in the places where I've looked for houses.
Finished basements are counted just like the 1st and 2nd floors.
Then there are split levels (trilevels) where you count the lowest
level which is essentially the same as many basements. And what do
you count on a daylight basement which is less basement like than the
lowest level of a trilevel? You count it as part of the total square
During the brief time I had a real estate sales license, we were taught the
same thing. Exterior measured area times number of floors but don't count
If you are comparing properties for your own use, count basements (finished
or not) separately.
If I remember correctly, during my brief career in Real Estate, you
measure the outside dimensions and multiply by the number of floors
above grade. It's gets a bit tricky with backsplits etc., but the same
principle applies. Commercial space is the same btw.
The tax assessor and insurers use the outside wall dimensions but that is not
really a fair number if you are looking at living space.
That number may be used by real estate folks but mostly because that is a
published number that is available as a public record.
If I get a few minutes I will look at a set of plans and see how builders come
up with their numbers.
This is totally dependent on where you are. When we built our house the
local planning department used *all covered space* (i think higher than
5' or somesuch) when coming up with our limits -- including garage and
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