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post #41 of 43
I guess that most of us on these boards don't really fall into the "average American" category in terms of our lifestyle choices. I think that many people DO need the bigger houses. When your TV takes up an entire wall of your living room, you need more space to fit the sofa in there too (if you see what I mean?).

We live in a reasonably small house. Total finished sf is 1800 but that includes a large finished basement which is really wasted space. Main living area is 1000 sf. Our house is plenty big enough for us, but I do wish the space was distributed a little better.
post #42 of 43
Very interesting thread!

I am sure, as the architects have posted here, that big houses "sell" these days. Housing prices have gone through the roof, and a walk-in pantry has become a "necessity." Personally, I think there is a lot of "fashion" in floor plans just like there is in clothing. The housing market is beginning to stall, and part of that, I think, is because the fashions are changing and the houses that are out there aren't quite as "desirable" as they were. That's just my non-expert hunch.

We live in a house with 800 sq ft upstairs and an 800 sq ft basement that is finished. It was built in 1950 for a family with four kids and the basement was not finished until after they sold it. There are some aspects of it that drive us crazy - the kitchen is small and there is no light over where one assumes the dining room table would go (dining room/living room are one area with one overhead light). The closets in the bedrooms could be a little bigger. I like having a utility room, but the guest room doesn't get used except for storage and when my parents come to visit for a long weekend once or twice a year. We could probably easily do without half of our basement, which would remove the family room and guest room, based on the space we actually use. Having two bathrooms is nice because you don't have to run to the other floor and dh can have a different showerhead than the one I like. Cleaning 1600 sq ft isn't too bad, but I would hate having to clean 3000 sq feet. That's why people hire housekeepers...another added expense.

Very interesting thread!
post #43 of 43
Subing because DH and I want to try to build our own house and it will be in the small side. We lived in a huge house (2000+ sf) and it was totally silly...but fun for a while.

I love the idea of designing a place with our lifestyle in mind so we have just the right size and layout.
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