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What's in a Room? That Which We Call a Room By Any Other Name Would Count as Much

OK, I apologize to Wm. Shakespeare for twisting his lovely words -- "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by another other name would smell as sweet." from Romeo and Juliet for the headline on this post, but I couldn't resist a little literary fun this morning.

What did Shakespeare mean?  Scholars will tell you that he may have been poking fun at the rival Rose Theatre, but his point in the context of the play was that it mattered what something IS, not what it is CALLED.

So what is a room?  Often my sellers will ask me why one portion of their home "counts" as living space on the MLS listing for their property and another does not. After all, they live in the whole house, don't they?

The vagueries of room count notwithstanding, there is an accepted method to the madness. A room, according to the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standard, is a finished and enclosed space that is suitable for year-round use. It will have walls, floors and a ceiling similar to the rest of the house.

These common rooms ARE included in a home's room count:

  • Living Room
  • Dining Room
  • Great Room
  • Media Room
  • Kitchen
  • Bedroom
  • Sitting Room
  • Breakfast Nook (if separate from the kitchen)
  • Game Room
  • Sun Room (if it is heated)
  • Finished Basement Rooms

These common rooms ARE NOT included in a home's room count:

  • Bathroom
  • Laundry Room
  • Mud Room
  • Utility Room
  • Foyers
  • Hallways
  • Unfinished Basement Rooms
  • Unheated Sun Rooms
  • Garage
  • Walk-in Closets (even if it is bigger than my college apartment)

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of the possible rooms in any home. I've been in Victorian homes that have Card Rooms and Parlors and in new homes that have Craft Rooms and other redefined and renamed living spaces.

Realtor readers: I'd love it if you would weigh in on whether your association uses a different standard or has interesting issues with room counts.

And now, "a thousand time, good night!"

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Comment balloon 0 commentsNancy Milton Holtzscher • November 18 2009 12:15PM
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