America’s population is a melting pot of different cultures. In fact, you can often see the individual history of a person’s family just by visiting their homes and inspecting its decorative nature. American homes vary widely but they are generally decorated in either a traditional European style or in a modern contemporary style.
European styled homes can include regional and time based decorating trends which are marked by similar furnishings, colors, and textures. Contemporary American homes, on the other hand, have fewer rules but they usually feature heavy contrasting themes. Though the styles of American homes vary, there are also a lot of similar things you can find in them. Here are some of the interesting facts about the American home and housing.
The average kitchen remodel costs nearly $4,400
Americans are spending more waking hours in the kitchen than ever before. Therefore, when you decide to put up your house on the resale market and have to do some remodeling, it’s better to pay attention to the kitchen. It’s because the American kitchen has emerged as the showpiece of the home. There are also some who purchase all their kitchen utensils and machines in a particular finish such as stainless steel, and these are all top of the line because kitchens have also become status symbols.
Unlike in the Mediterranean, most American homes do not have a courtyard
In Spain, a courtyard is called a patio which is like an interior yard. But it’s not that famous in the US because American homes usually have fenced backyards instead where parties and other gatherings are being held. A picket fence is usually used in the backyards of American homes and it symbolizes the ideal middle-class suburban life.
Most homeowners tend to stay in their homes for about six years
According to the National Association of Realtors, homeowners in the US sell their properties after residing in them for six to ten years.
In America, as in Britain, row houses were a common feature of 19th-century industrial cities
But as America prospered, it gave the citizens a lot of other residential options. As a result, the row houses began to fall out of favor and became rather obsolete. There are very few row houses (or townhomes) left in other US cities and towns such as downtown Houston and Los Angeles.
The idea of urban houses spread to the British Isles thanks to England’s strong commercial and cultural links with the Netherlands
During the 1700s-1800s, the British adopted the Dutch housing tradition called the row houses and applied their homegrown architectural style in them (such as the Georgian crescent and the workingmen’s row). The US, Canada, Ireland, and Australia later followed this Anglo-Dutch housing style.
There are lots of clothes in an American home
In fact, an average American woman owns 30 outfits. One for every day of the month. An average American family spends around $1,700 on clothes in a year. This data is culled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With the average income of about $60,712 (after tax), the cost of buying clothes is equivalent to 2.8% of the average yearly household income.
These 12 toys are the child’s favorites, making up only 5% of the total number of toys. Dreamtown.co.uk, the one who commissioned this research on 3,000 parents, further says that one in two parents also admit squandering hundreds of pounds worth of toys that their kids will never play with.
This is a far cry from the 1930 figures, where the average lady would own only nine clothes for the same period.
There are 300,000 items in the average American home
Many Americans seem to be sentimental in their belongings that they find it hard to let them go. There are a lot of other reasons: things connect them to the past, remind them of a departed loved one, or give them a sense of peace of mind and security.
There are also lots of toys that can be found in an American home
It’s because 3.1 percent of the world’s children live in America but they own 40 percent of the toys consumed globally. And based on research, an average 10-year-old owns 238 toys but only plays 12 out of that 238 daily. The one who commissioned this research on 3,000 parents, further says that one in two parents also admit spending a lot on toys that their kids will never play with
The average bathroom remodel costs $10,500
Aside from the kitchen, the bathroom is another favorite area for renovations, particularly the master bath. Adding another bathroom is also guaranteed a return of your investment.
Courtyard homes become popular again after around 2,000 years ago, during the Roman era. The reasons have always been the same — courtyards provide protection and privacy as well as a space that is favorable for spending a lot more time outside.
25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them and 32% only have room for one vehicle
This is due to one problem that still persists among the middle-class American households: clutter.
For Sale by Owner or FSBO, is a real estate term that refers to the sale of a property without being represented by a real estate agent. Owners themselves choose to put their real estate for sale by their own capacity for the main reason of avoiding paying a commission to the real estate broker, which can amount to a heavy sum.
Small homes do not mean small kitchens
The size of home kitchens varies across the United States and while larger homes tend to have larger kitchens, the scale of the increased kitchen size is not proportional to the overall home based upon a report from Realtor. In fact, homes in the Mid-Atlantic region such as New York and Pennsylvania have the largest kitchens at an average of 170 square feet. And the smallest kitchens can be found in the West North Central region with a size of 153 square feet.
65% of US households own a dog or cat which equates to 79.7 million homes
Based on Modern Dog Magazine, there are around 54.4 million US households that have a dog while around 42.9 million US households have a cat. But there are about 85.8 million cats and 77.8 million dogs owned in the United States because cat lovers tend to have more than one cat as pets.
43% of Americans have assigned seating in their living room
A typical American living room traditionally contains one sofa, one love seat, and sometimes a recliner or a small single chair. And based on a survey done by Fast Company, 43% of Americans have assigned seating in their living room.
Most living rooms in America, as well as other rooms, have a television as a centerpiece
American homes tend to have more television sets than people. The living room is the most popular spot to place a television. In fact, about 75 percent of American homes have one in the living room and sixty-four percent have a TV in the master bedroom. However, there are some who take exception in placing TV sets in the bedroom because they find it being intrusive.
Based on USA Today, TV sets in the American home are turned on for more than a third of the day or for eight hours and 14 minutes, making Americans lead the world in TV viewership.
More than 72 million homes are occupied by homeowners in America
According to ThoughtCo., there are a total of 106 million occupied housing units in the US. More than 72 million homes are occupied by homeowners while 33.6 million homes are occupied by renters.
These are some of the interesting facts about the American home and housing. Which of these do you find surprising to know?