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How to Calculate Square Footage

Watch more How to Buy a Home videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Use these guidelines to calculate square footage. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Calculate square footage for a lot Calculate the square footage of your piece of land by multiplying the width of the lot by its depth. For example, if your land is 55 feet wide and 100 feet deep, your lot's square footage is 6,050 square feet. Tip If your lot has an odd shape, break it up into rectangles and squares. Calculate the square footage of each section, and add the results. Step 2: Calculate acreage Start with acreage as an alternative to feet. If you know your lot size in acres, multiply the total acreage by 43,560 to get square footage. There are 43,560 square feet in one acre. Step 3: Calculate for a home Calculate the square footage of your home from the outside by measuring the total area taken up by all enclosed spaces that are used year around. Exclude unfinished spaces, spaces that are not heated like the main body of the house, and the garage. Step 4: Calculate for a room Measure the length and width of any room whose square footage you wish to determine. If the room is rectangular just multiply the measured length and breadth to get the square footage. Otherwise break the room into geometrical sections and do the calculations from there. Then you will have the square footage. Did You Know? Throughout history, almost every culture has used the human foot as a unit of measurement. The ancient Greek foot was about 12.1 inches and the ancient Roman foot was about 11.7 inches.
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