A Look At The Ways Single-Family Homes Have Evolved Over The Last Century

When my youngest child moved out, I was left living in a large home by myself. Weekend visits from the grandchildren only filled the space part of the time. The home became more of a burden as each day passed. It was not until I was working with my real estate agent to sell my home and find a smaller home did I realize that there were so many others in the same position. I created this blog to help other empty nesters explore their options for downsizing and to provide guidance on finding a new home that fits in more with their lifestyle.

A Look At The Ways Single-Family Homes Have Evolved Over The Last Century

A Look At The Ways Single-Family Homes Have Evolved Over The Last Century

3 July 2019
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Real Estate, Blog


From tiny dwellings to row houses, ranch homes, and more, homes have completely evolved over the last century. If you are in the process of searching for a single-family house that you want to call home, you may come across a few older houses that have a lot of charm. However, there are huge variances between many older houses and new ones. Take a look at some of the ways single-family dwellings have changed over the years. 

The average home is far larger than homes from 40 years ago. 

Homes these days are about more than just necessary shelter for your family. Homes are a place to enjoy the fruits of all your labor, whether that fruit is in the form of an upscale entertainment room, a full-on workout area, or a huge bathtub where you can soak your cares away. According to The Washington Post, new single-family homes constructed today are as much as 1,000 square feet larger than homes that were built four decades ago. What was once a structure with space to sleep, eat, and bathe is now far more complex, far more serving, and far bigger in comparison to older homes. 

Single-family homes are more likely to have spare rooms. 

As already mentioned, home is not just a place to live, it is also a place of comfort, amenities, and sometimes, luxury these days. Many new home buyers want houses with spare rooms. These multipurpose rooms may be used for guest bedrooms, but most buyers are far more interested in implementing something like a fitness room, home office, or craft area. If you are buying homes built within the last decade, it is really common to find them offering multipurpose spaces that can accommodate your varying interests. 

A home is going to have more than one bathroom. 

A bathroom is a place of necessity for sure, but along with the growing size of homes comes a need for extra bathrooms. The family size has not necessarily grown. In fact, it has gotten smaller because most people are having fewer children. However, the modern dweller prefers private bathrooms in bedrooms, separate bathrooms for guests, and at least two bathrooms in a home. When bathrooms first started showing up in homes, people were thrilled to have just the one, but finding a newer home with less than two bathrooms as a modern house hunter is quite the challenge. 

For more information, talk to a realtor about single-family homes for sale.

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When my youngest child moved out, I was left living in a large home by myself. Weekend visits from the grandchildren only filled the space part of the time. The home became more of a burden as each day passed. It was not until I was working with my real estate agent to sell my home and find a smaller home did I realize that there were so many others in the same position. I created this blog to help other empty nesters explore their options for downsizing and to provide guidance on finding a new home that fits in more with their lifestyle.

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