Originally Posted by Juliacat
I firmly believe, as most people in this forum do, that the trend of giant houses even as families grow smaller is ridiculous. I firmly believe that a smaller house, a smaller mortgage or rent payment, less stuff, and more simplicity leads to a happier, more fulfilling life.
I totally agree with that.
I've often stated that myself.
Originally Posted by Juliacat
But I still think my house is too small.
Our house is 680 square feet with three people living in it--sometimes four when my mom is here, and would be four if we were to have another kid. If I could have whatever I wanted, I would want a house similar to this one but at least 800 square feet.
I even think 1500 wouldn't be completely unreasonable.
How many square feet per person do you think is reasonable for a house?
Our home is ~840 sq ft home with two bedrooms and one bath-
for 4, sometimes 5 people
and 5 pets: one 60# dog, two cats and two birds
(which, of course, includes the dog kennel, cat beds, cat scratcher, and two large bird cages).
Therefore, I believe number and type/size of pets is an important factor, as well.
Our home is essentially 3 living areas (including the 2 bedrooms) plus one bathroom.
1) We cosleep with our two daughters, so would just need a slighly larger bedroom than we have now for sleeping purposes.
At some point, years down the road, they'll share a room.
2) My 10 yr stepson is here often and regularly.
He currently resides in our 2nd bedroom which he graciously shares with the cats and dog (and all their stuff)
and is where I keep my extra kid toys, photos, a computer, our files, etc (I guess an office, as it is).
3) Our living/kitchen/dining room is a total of 13 ft by ~ 25 ft.
It seems far too small considering the dining area is in the kitchen and houses our two birds' cages and our dining table with four chairs.
It's very hard to maneuver around the table to access my birds' cages for maintenance purposes and to interact with them (as in let them in and out).
A loveseat is the visual separator of the kitchen/dining from our living/entry.
Our living room contains two loveseats, two chairs, a computer desk, an entertainment center (that holds our tv, vcr, dvd, diapers, books and baby toys), and the floor is covered by toys, pillows and blankets most of the time.
*We have one large bathroom that includes a washer and dryer.*
Considering our setup, I think our home is far too small and I really wish, not for more stuff, but just more space for the little bit of stuff we do have.
If I were to guess, I'd say ~200 sq foot per person.
In our case, that would be a 1000 sq foot home.
Pets are a different matter, depending on their requirements.
I believe my pets require a total of 30 sq feet for their housing/feeding needs to be properly fulfilled.
This of course, is exluding any potential future yard/outdoor space.
Hobbies are another factor.
Some people may wish for a hobby/craft room for all to share, creating a need for another 100 sq ft (a 10 by 10 room).
And for gardeners, a greenhouse would be a lovely addition.
So for me, my ideal home would be between 1200 and 1400 sq foot