Edwardsville IL Homes for Sale and Real Estate

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!"

Enjoy life in the (618) area code in Southwestern Illinois, St. Louis' Illinois suburbs. SEARCH FOR HOMES HERE.



I help good people buy and sell good homes in St. Louis' Illinois suburbs, with special emphasis on the Metro East communities of Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Maryville, Collinsville, Troy and surrounding areas in Madison County, Illinois.

Are you a teacher, firefighter, law enforcement officer, medical professional or active duty or retired military? Then ask me about Homes for Heroes, offering substantial savings on home purchases. Learn more at Homes For Heroes.

For more information or to search for homes, visit my sites at NancyMilton.com618Life.com, or GoshenRealtyGroup.com or send an email to me at Nancy@GoshenRealtyGroup.com. Text or call Nancy Milton Holtzscher, your Edwardsville Realtor, at 618-791-8007 any time.

REMAX Preferred Partners is located at One 157 Center, Edwardsville, IL 62025, 618-791-8007 (direct) 618-655-1188 (office). We're easy to find on IL-157 in Edwardsville between Pasta House Co. and Shenanigans. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Comment balloon 0 commentsNancy Milton Holtzscher • November 18 2009 12:15PM
What's in a Room? That Which We Call a Room By Any Other Name Would…
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… more
How to Turn a Bad Fridge into Cold Cash
I find a lot of our buyers are excited about seeing an older refrigerator in a house they're considering purchasing. Their first reaction is, "Let's get the appliance we want for the kitchen after we move in and move this bad boy to the garage… more
Goshen Gourmet Welcomes Dippin' Dots to Edwardsville
Yes, I know little flash-frozen ice cream pellets might not be everyone's idea of a gourmet food experience, but I found the idea of a free-standing Dippin' Dots store that just recently opened in Edwardsville too interesting to resist. … more
Affordable Homes for Sale in Edwardsville IL
As the seat of Madison County, the home of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and the site of an acclaimed school district, Edwardsville can give the impression of being out of reach to some home buyers. Not so! There are a number of… more
Connect with the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois
The poet T. S Eliot, who was born in St. Louis, called the Mississippi River, "a strong, brown god. " The river, he said, had a more profound influence on his life and his work than anything else in his past. Here in St. Louis'… more
Homes for Sale in the Historic Leclaire Area of Edwardsville Illinois
What started as an innovative company town is now one of the most popular residential neighborhoods in Edwardsville, Illinois. The Leclaire neighborhood exemplifies the "look" of Edwardsville with its frame or brick homes, many of… more
Homes for Sale On and Around Historic St. Louis Street in Edwardsville
Wide, tree-lined and dotted with lovely homes, St. Louis Street marches through the heart of Edwardsville, Illinois and into the hearts of most residents of the Land of Goshen. Buyers often ask us to keep an eye out for properties as they… more
Goshen Gourmet: So Long Til Spring To Bobby's Frozen Custard
There's a lot to love about Fall -- gorgeous leaves, blue skies and autumn festivals -- but not so lovable is the annual shuttering of a southwestern Illinois tradition. So here's the bad news, Custard Lovers: You have just a little… more
Sell Your Edwardsville Home With Goshen Realty Group
We'll get to the house selling thing I mentioned in the headline in a minute, but here's something that's just for fun. I took a Facebook quiz the other day titled, "How Edwardsville are you? " The result came back as, "Mayor… more
RE/MAX Poll Asks: What Would Help the Real Estate Market Most Right…
In an on-line poll of it agents and brokers, RE/MAX has asked real estate professionals to weigh in on what would make the most positive difference in the market right now. The answer that rose very clearly to the top was the creation… more