Interesting to see how people have taken on so much debt trying to live large (and sometimes beyond their means). In the US, the average single family home was 2,349 square feet in 2004, compared to 1,695 square feet in 1974. The size of the kitchen alone has doubled to nearly 300 square feet. Ground-floor ceilings have grown by more than a foot, and bedrooms are now an average of 12 feet by 12 feet, compared to 9 feet by 10 feet 30 years ago. Keep in mind the size of the average family got smaller as houses got bigger. I work with folks who squeeze three people into 8,000 square feet. How do you fare? Do you live above the home average or below?