Feb 272020

Owning a new house is everyone’s dream! But designing and constructing a new house is not an easy job. Because wherever we live in this world, a house is said to be perfect when it is built with right measurements. Architects are the ones who suggest us a good home plan with right and appropriate home area measurements. Today, let us discuss how Australians prefer to have their house to be built in and what the right measurements of Aussies Home area are!!

Over the past 50 years, Australians prefer to be in smaller houses. The reason behind this is not so specific but a general reason that is every person in this world dream of a big house just like we see in movies TV shows etc. but practically it is not possible since having big room makes cleaning difficult and increased home loans and interest rates that come with it. So, Aussies thought to have smaller houses instead.

It is easy to imagine or dream of something in this way which is absolutely free but in reality Australians go against rest of the world and stack up on a global stage.

The standard and average home size being built in Australia is 233 meter square. In residential and construction area, square the imperial measuring unit that measures area. Usually, area is measured using square centimeters, square inches, square miles etc. but in construction we use square meters to measure home area. Historically, square is the measuring unit of home area in Australia. 100 square feet is equal to one square. Home builders use this square unit as the major unit while designing floor plans. In simple words, a square is referred to how much material is required to cover 100 square feet. Builders in Australia are no longer using square as the measuring unit of home area instead using square meters. But still some residential building in the state of Australia, Victoria advertised in squares.

According to the most recent data released by the CommSec Home Size Trends Report conducted by ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics), the average new home size is 186.3 square meters. Today, Australians are building bigger houses compared to past 20 years. In fact, the bigger houses built in Australia are a kind of biggest detached free standing houses in the world. But still US houses are bigger compared to Australians houses by 6 percent. Houses built currently in Australia are 8 percent bigger than the houses built around 20 years ago and surprisingly 30 percent bigger than 30 years ago built houses.

Finally, the recent reports from global statistics say that Australian homes are second biggest when compared to the homes built worldwide. Let us not forget about the apartments which are being the most developed housing cultures which people are adapting worldwide in residential area.

Australia’s house and apartment size by state

STATE     House        Apartment         All New Homes
NSW 230 130 180.5  
VIC 243.8 131 198.8  
QLD 227.3 125.5 180.5  
SA 215.3 153.3 201  
WA 245.5 123 214.3  
TAS 195.5 130.2 186  
NT 204 155.5 190  
ACT 198 96 132.5  
Australia 234 129.3 190  

To help you better and make it easy for you to understand just how big a place is, we have provided a handy chart that converts squares to feet and meters for you. Keep in mind that we are providing your approximate values nut not the exact values.

Squares 7 8 9 10 10.5 11 11.5 12 12.5
Meters 2 65 74.3 83.6 92.9 97.6 102.2 106.8 111.5 116.1
Feet 2 700 800 900 1,000 1,050 1,100 1,150 1,200 1,250


Squares 13 13.5 14 14.5 15 16 17 18 19
Meters 2 121 126 130 135 140 149 158 167.5 176.4
Feet 2 1350 1355 1405 1,455 1,500 1,555 1,600 1,650 1,700


Squares 20 23 25 26 28.2 30.5 33 34 35
Meters 2 185.8 204.5 223 242 260 279 297.5 316 333
Feet 2 2,050 2,255 2,400 2,500 2,850 3,000 3,200 3,400 3,590


Squares 36 40 42.5 44 46.1 48 50 60
Meters 2 350 371.8 390 409 427.5 446 465.5 558
Feet 2 3,750 4,050 4,250 4,409 4,650 4,800 5,050 6,000

Comparing Australian Houses to other Countries

Australian Global Statistics say that ‘Australians always wished to top the list of biggest houses with biggest flooring plan’ but in reality because of highest demand for apartment units for which the average floor plan of Australian houses is reduced to 235m2. Whereas US free standing houses average floor plan is 250m2 and this puts the Australia behind in the list and US topped the list. Let us compare the house sizes to other countries based on data from census.gov. Here we have given lowest to the highest in rank.

Country Size (m2)
Hongkong 43.5
Russia 69
France 81.5
Japan 85
Chile 88
Poland 92
Finland 95.5
Germany 96.5
Belgium 99.2
Greece 102
Philippines 118
Denmark 125.8
Norway 128.5
Turkey 152
New Zealand 178.5
Australia 190
United States 205

Statistics also states that Australians still choose to live in free standing detached houses with at least 3 bedrooms and a double garage. According to National Land Survey Program, the average block size in Australia is around 274m2. Hong Kong is a place where there is population density of 6300 per km2 and that is the reason people of Hong Kong live in small houses and micro apartments with an average floor area of 43.5m2.

How to measure the size of a house? 

According to SFGate, Australians measure the home area by calculating the outside dimensions to determine the square footage. Using the measuring tape, measure the length and width of the building and multiply these exterior dimensions. Let us understand with an example.

For suppose, the exterior dimensions of a building are 70 by 40 feet, then the square footage is 2800 square foot per each floor.

Average cost to build Average Australian Home

According to realestate.com and Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the average cost of Australian building is influenced by many factors but the average cost is decided as $1270.80 per sqm. This figure is excluding of planning permits, site works, design, and other cost-blow outs.

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