Congratulations Anstar!! Number 4 is so fun, IME!
Originally Posted by anstar
Question: For those of you who live in a small house or have lived in a small house (under 1000sqft), how/when did/do you know that you need to upgrade? We're huge in to making do, and we like our little house, but we're starting to wonder how far we can stretch it, or how many more of us we can squeeze in. Thoughts?
We're currently a family of six - soon to be seven when #5 arrives in the late spring - living in a 940 sq ft 2 BR, so I've been wondering this as well. I think most people think we're crazy, because we're not really that crowded here... but I'm thinking we need to look to the near future. Our eldest is 7 now, and while we have a family bed for now (with the 2 eldest sometimes sleeping on the floor in our room or in the bed in their room) eventually we're going to need separate sleeping spaces for everyone. I'd also LIKE to have room for a dresser for each person, which isn't something we've got now (thank goodness for plenty of closet space!) In order to get beds for everyone, we'd need to upgrade to a bigger place.
However, I've just come across a property that we might be interested in, and it isn't bigger than what we have now.
It *might* be a tad smaller, in fact. However, it's on 40 beautiful acres, the price is right, and we could have pets, chickens, etc. We're not set on it, but we're considering it, so apparently space isn't the only thing we're looking for!
I had once dreamed about living in an RV and taking the show on the road (Dh wasn't interested in finding mobile employment though, and we don't have that kind of savings, so it was just a dream) so I had already mentally downsized our lives. After thinking about having a large-ish family in an RV full-time, this place is huge. Sometimes I feel like we're SUPPOSED to get a bigger place -- and I wouldn't be upset to have one! -- but for RIGHT NOW we're doing alright here. We're looking around for larger spaces, as Dh feels more pressure to provide "appropriate" housing than the rest of us feel, I think, and I can see enjoying that a lot... but I'm not feeling a crunch.
(I may feel completely different about it in a few months when baby arrives!!)
Not very helpful, but I have commiseration. I think the important thing to do is separate what is "usual" and what is really, truly needed/desired by your family. If you guys are knocking around against each other, you need a bigger space. If you do, but simply cant' get one right now, there are ways to make small home living more comfortable. If you're fine, but feeling like you "should" have a 3 BR or something, just know that it's more than fine to enjoy living in a small space.