Not every detached house has to have 150 square metres of living space. One size smaller is also possible. Houses between 90 and 120 square metres are ideal for singles, couples, one-child families or parents whose children already live their own lives elsewhere. Building compact single-family houses from wood has a whole range of advantages – mainly monetary, but not only.
There are many good reasons to think about the size of a detached house when planning a new build. Every square metre of living space costs money – in the purchase of land as well as in building materials, construction and later also in energy requirements. With a small single-family house made of wood, construction and land costs can be saved in total, but calculated per square metre, small houses tend to be more expensive than large ones.
In use, smaller houses are more economical in terms of energy consumption. This, and the use of wood as a building material, contributes to climate protection and also protects the environment due to low land sealing and reduced material consumption. A single-family house made of wood with a reduced surface area can be a good alternative to the tiny house and the huge detached house in the countryside.
The average single-family house in Greece has between 120 and 150 square metres of living space and becomes home to a family of four when they move in. The single-family house usually stands on a plot of land with at least 700 square metres. Of course, plots of land with 4000 square metres and more are also in demand. Each member of a family of four would therefore have just under 35 square metres of living space at their disposal; if you subtract the usable space for utility rooms and building services rooms, the figure is somewhat less.
Large single-family houses are not uncommon in the countryside, on Samos, on the outskirts of towns and in the new housing estates of the suburbs. they can be used as holiday villas, given the right Property maintenance However, many young people move from the periphery to the larger cities for training or studies, leaving their parents behind in their huge homes. Countless square metres are then taken up by guest rooms, ironing rooms or hobby rooms. Many homeowners cannot part with the house in which the children grew up. Even the children usually want to keep the parental home, although they only visit it at Christmas and Easter. Emotional reasons often prevent the sale of the parental home. Rationally, there is often a lot to be said for a customised new building of an appropriate size that meets the parents’ housing needs in old age.