SQUARE METRES vs SQUARES: HOW MANY SQUARE METRES IN A BUILDERS SQUARE?
We sometimes come across confusion between square metres vs squares – and for good reason, because it’s a legacy of a useful part of the old imperial system being carried forward into the new metric system.
But for all that, it’s actually pretty simple – read on.
A square metre is straightforward. 1mtr x 1mtr, or 100cm x 100cm, or 1000mm x 1000mm. But this is very different from a ‘square’, commonly known as a Builders Square.
A builders square came from the days when builders worked in feet not metres, and because a square foot was so much smaller, it made sense to have some benchmark that was easier to use, so they worked on 100 square feet, which is obviously 10 feet by 10 feet. This quickly became known as a Builders Square, and was eventually shortened to a ‘Square’. This gauge of measuring the size of a home was adopted by the whole industry, even spreading to the real estate market, councils and even banks.
So instead of a home being 1,500 square foot, it simply became 15 squares.
The metric came in. But the old yardstick ‘squares’ was so entrenched that it’s been passed down through the generations and is very much alive today with many people still thinking about a home in squares.
So a builders square (100 square foot) is equal to 9.29 square metres. So a 15 square home would be 139 square metres. Or a 250 square metre home would be nearly 27 squares.
There are many online calculators that will do this for you – here’s one you could try – https://www.convertunits.com/from/squares/to/square+metre.
Neither method of understanding the size of a home is right or wrong. It probably just depends on how old you are and what industry you’ve been mostly familiar with as to which method you use.
But then again, the home will always be the same size …
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