Prefabricated house: How much space does the family need?

Family planning and building a home does not seem to be related at first glance. But on closer inspection, the first self-built or purchased home will be the future home for large and small families. It is therefore all the more important to think carefully about the size of the home when planning, and to look outside the box. After all, even after several years, the house should still be able to offer all family members a pleasant living environment.

Determine living space and central rooms
Plenty of room for personal development is what most people hope for from their own home. Great is therefore the disappointment, if in the planning of the house on a too small living space was set. It is advisable to determine the minimum requirements for living space and equipment before looking through many prefabricated houses. The figures of the Federal Statistical Office, which show the average living space in German houses and apartments in 2011, prove to be helpful. Here came the average German household on 42.7 square meters of living space per person. For couples with two children, the area per person dropped to an average of 30.3 square meters, and childless couples were able to use 48.7 square meters of living space for themselves.

If future prefabricated house owners orientate themselves on these values, then four-headed families need a living space of at least 121.2 square meters. Even if the construction of the house should be done long before family planning, couples should always be guided by their future circumstances. If several children come into the house over the years, the average living space of 97.4 square meters in a couple household will no longer suffice. So it is better to plan the living space more generously, because in the future there will be some room for your own plans.

As for the rooms in a house, these are almost more important than the living space itself. A 120-square-foot house with only three rooms will soon become too small for a family of four. Therefore, it helps to define the most important rooms in advance and only then to look for suitable houses. To the rooms, which may not be missing in the home, count then for example

  • the living room
  • several children's rooms
  • and a bedroom

They form the basis for the search for a suitable prefabricated house. Anyone who nevertheless "falls in love" with a house whose number of rooms does not agree with their own wishes can discuss with the provider the planning of the interiors individually. Often can then by pulling additional walls increase the room offer.

Determine and plan for additional requirements

For many homeowners, it is not enough just to be able to rely on the mentioned basic rooms. There may also be hobbies and interests for which additional rooms should be planned. Even the self-employed should not forget this, because they often need an office in their own four walls, which allows concentrated work and the storage of important documents. This increases the desired number of rooms by more precisely defining personal needs. From a four-room house, one must quickly become one with six or more rooms to meet the needs of all residents.
The question of building a prefabricated house with or without basement should also be answered in this phase of planning. A well-insulated cellar offers the opportunity to make additional space available below the living area. Heating, washing machine and also hobby oasis need not be accommodated in the living area. In addition, building a basement, according to also increases the value of the house and the chances of a lucrative resale. If you still want to do without a cellar, you should plan the construction of a sufficiently large garage. Here, tools and outdoor equipment can then be accommodated without reducing the usability of the living area.

Visit and be inspired on the spot

If the future living space and also the room needs in the new prefabricated house are fixed, the planning can go into detail. How the house looks, what colors and shapes it should offer and whether the size mentioned is really sufficient, find interested parties in the sole review of catalogs and advertisements difficult. What works great on pictures can not offer enough space in reality. It is worthwhile in any case, to visit the future home in its real form.
In the model house future buyers will find much inspiration around furnishing and design. (Source: Giovanni_cg (CC0 license) /
Also recommends visiting so-called model house parks. Here are usually several providers represented with different types of houses and allow the inspection and consultation on site. If you are interested in a particular prefabricated house, you can take a closer look and find out about alternative models from other manufacturers. Only then does the previous uncertainty give way to a certain clarity about the suitability of the favored house. The owners of the future should definitely plan a visit to a model house park.
Another advantage of these parks is that they also provide inspiration for the future facility. Which colors look good in the new house, where the sofa should stand and whether curtains or blinds in the living area are suitable, shows a model house in most cases very vividly. A trip to the model house park is therefore highly recommended even after the completion and before the establishment of the home.

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