Dan and his wife assigned square footage to the various needs for space their daily lives employ -- cooking, storage, sleeping, etc. -- and arrived at 1,050 sq. ft.
"I polled a few of my architect friends to hear what they had to say about affordable house sizes. Their numbers ranged from 900 to 1,400, with the average coming in at about 1,200. Obviously, there are no absolutes with regard to house size, but it's interesting to get a better mental grip on one's own square-footprint and compare it to others."