5,000 square feet is quite a large amount of space. It’s about the same as 0.115 acres or 0.046 hectares.
As nice as it is to know the equivalents of 5,000 square feet, they don’t do much in helping us visualize what it looks like. In this guide, I’ll explain what 5,000 square feet looks like in terms of objects you should be able to recognize.
A greenhouse is a construction that allows people to control the environment in which their plants grow. With proper control, you can grow out-of-season crops or even plants that aren’t native to your area.
Greenhouses can be built to virtually any size you want. It’s generally recommended that you should build a 6,000-square-foot greenhouse if you’re serious about growing your own food. However, since hobby greenhouses generally measure 10 feet wide, you would need a 500-foot-long greenhouse to cover precisely 5,000 square feet.
I don’t have to tell you that bathrooms vary in size. Some bathrooms can be massive—100 square feet and large—while studio apartments might only have 20-square-foot bathrooms. On average, a bathroom will take up around 40 square feet of your home.
So, in terms of average bathroom sizes, you would have to imagine multiplying your bathroom by 125 to get to 5,000 square feet. Another way to look at it is by using your bathtub as a reference. The typical bathtub will take up 13 square feet of space, so you would need close to 385 to get an idea of what 5,000 square feet looks like.
For those that don’t want to get out of bed to measure 5,000 square feet, all you have to do is look at the four walls of your bedroom. The average size of a bedroom is around 132 square feet, but a master bedroom will take up around 224 square feet.
So, without getting up, all you have to do is imagine expanding your bedroom by 38 times to get to 5,000 square feet. For those who are even lazier and are lying down on a king-size bed (76 × 80 feet), try to multiply your bed’s dimensions by 118.
Now, let’s move on to larger objects to give you an easier time measuring 5,000 square feet. If you live in a median-sized home in the US, which is about 2,386 square feet, then multiplying your house by 2 should get you just a few hundred square feet under the 5,000-square-foot mark.
Just for fun, and to make us feel bad about our financial situations, let’s take a look at a couple of the largest homes in the US and see how many times 5,000 square feet will fit in them. The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, takes up 178,926 square feet (5,000 × 36), while the Oheka Castle in West Hills, NY, is 109,000 square feet (5,000 × 22).
2 Tennis Courts
Tennis is an exciting sport where 2 or 4 people hit a neon-green ball over a net. The goal is to hit the ground on your opponent’s side of the court before they get a chance to swing back. Or you can aim the ball at your opponent to score a point, which is nice.
A tennis court for four players will measure 78 × 36 feet, taking up a total of 2,808 square feet. Using simple mathematics, we can determine that two tennis courts are just slightly over 5,000 square feet. A tennis court for single’s matches is just 78 × 27 feet, so you would need a bit more than 2 of them to get to 5,000 feet.
13 Swimming Pools
The size of a swimming pool will vary depending on how financially well-off the owner is. For the most part, a backyard swimming pool will measure 28 × 14 square feet in the United States, so roughly 13 of them would add up to a total surface area of 5,000 square feet.
7 Apartment Units
Roughly 39 million people in the entire United States live in an apartment. In my experience, living in an apartment is much more enjoyable than living in a house. For instance, you get to fight with your neighbors every once in a while, and nobody gets mad about overgrown grass.
In the US, the typical apartment will measure 882 square feet. So, combining 7 apartment units together would give you a total of 5,000 square feet, give or take a few square feet. You could also use condos as a reference since their sizes aren’t too different from apartment units (600 square feet).
A patio is an outdoor portion of a house where you can chillax with your family and friends. There are all sorts of awesome patio designs, but the single most important feature to include in your patio is the privacy wall. You don’t want your neighbors to see what sort of fun in the sun you’re having on your property, right?
The typical patio in the United States will measure 16 × 18 feet, which should be large enough for a congregation of 8 people. If you had a patio that was 17 times that size, or large enough to accommodate 136 people, it would take up around 5,000 square feet of your property.
14 2-Car Garages
It goes without saying that the more cars you own, the larger your garage should be. Based on the stats, the typical household in the US will own 1.88 cars, but they should still probably build a garage that’s large enough for 2 cars.
How large should that garage be, you ask? On average, a 2-car garage measures 18 × 20 feet, taking up a total of 360 square feet. You could construct roughly 14 2-car garages in a plot of land that measures 5,000 square feet.