[QUOTE=Jennisee;8848470]I think it's difficult to quantify "ideal living space" in terms of square footage alone. In terms of comfort, I agree with all those who said it's about layout, not square footage. A poorly designed 2000 square foot home can feel small, and a well designed 1000 square foot home can feel large.
We have that poorly designed 2000 sq ft home. One room upstairs is a loft and therefore only exists to house dh's computer and junk. It's the second largest room in the house. I am taking up the "hobby" of drywalling to claim some more space for the girls (dh can have the little room!). Our front opens up to the staircase, and a narrow hallway (too narrow for shelves, table, bench, anything useful in a foyer). The builder put these stupid cutouts between all the rooms, so we are limited in placement of hutches, shelves, anything over 3 ft tall?! And the house has a huge stinkin front window, opening to the stairs (think about late trips up/downstairs and having to be decent all the blasted time and the fact that it is 95+ deg here and like a sauna unless I blast the ac...).
Sorry for the vent... I hate my house right now. I am trying to declutter & purge as much as I can get away with to convince DH we can afford the move closer to his office (50 miles away). Houses cost more there, so we would likely go from 2100+/- to 1500 sq ft.
But I would really like having less junk around to pick up
and more time to enjoy it. DH thinks I need to stay off the "hippie board".
Off for more brainwashing (tee-hee!); I'm in a mood...can you tell?!