But I still think my house is too small.
I don't plan on moving, but if I could have whatever I wanted, I would want a bigger house. 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?
Mommy to (age 9) and (age 5)
I like that we use all of our house everyday. I know too many people with big houses that have rooms that never get used. What a waste.
I think that, for an average family of 4 or 5 people, it would be difficult to live in 1000 sq. ft. or less.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" --Leonardo Da Vinci
Freethinking Earth-mama of five.
I think 1500 is about right for 4, if you want the bare minimum and still to have storage space.
Mom to two beautiful boys, now in school to be a therapist and help other women with PPD.
We lived in a 1,000 sq ft home with 5 people and 2 dogs. It was too small. Much or our stuff I had in our storage shed so we wouldn't have clutter. It was only a 2 bedroom house.
We live now in a 1,700 sq ft house and its good. Though I feel the floor plan stinks.
I think floor plan makes a house livable. Some small house work due to great floor plans.
I am a person who just cant have stuff crammed into ever corner, I need bare space other wise its too claustrophobic for me.
How many square feet per person do you think is reasonable for a house?
If you are using the space, it is reasonable.
It is not less reasonable for a family of 4 to live in a 2500 sq foot home than it is to live in a 1000 sq ft if they have a grand piano and a pool table and regularly host 30 people for thanksgiving dinner.
Everyone has a different amount of stuff, and different scheduled. Maybe you can do with one hall bathroom if everyone doesn't use it at the same time. But if everyone needs to leave the house at the same time in the morning, you might need two or three bathrooms.
Depending on your climate, you can spend a lot of time living outdoors, but not everyone can do that.
We are moving here: www.newberryplace.org, where we'll have about 1000 sq ft for the (soon to be) four of us. I think it will be plenty of space since we'll have other common areas for us to hang out in if we get too cramped. I'm excited about downsizing.
We just downsized from a 950sqft apt to a 650sqft one. We have an unconventional setup to make it work for us and I like it so much better in the smaller space. 1000sqft is way too much for just the two of us. Once this baby is two, the apt complex requires us to move to a 2br (about 1000sqft I think) which is where I intend on staying until we can get our own place. Ultimately, we'd like either a yurt or tiny house of no more than 700-800sqft. More than that just attracts clutter.
As for our setup, we don't have a dedicated bedroom, sleep on a mattress on the floor that rolls up during the day, our only table also folds up, our only "couch" is a futon. Because so much of our stuff can be folded up and tucked away, I never feel like we have "stuff crammed into every corner."
Mama to DS1 (12/07), DS2 (4/11), and DD (6/22/14)
Finally diagnosed with APS after 3 s (11/09, 3/10, 7/13)
It makes a HUGE difference. I have a friend who "says" she has an 1800 square foot home. Well, in reality she has an 1800 square foot first floor and a 1800 square foot FULL basement.
Honestly, that's 3,600 square foot of space. She has her laundry room, a full pantry, a "bar area" and TONS of storage down there.
Compare that to our home. We have 1800 square feet total. No basement (here in FL it's a rarity...see it's a little swampy : ). The attic gets hot, so you can't really put anything, other than some Christmas stuff, in there.
So, in my book, down here in FL you can't keep a lot of stuff. But, for us, 1800 is just fine. I think, as we get older and my DS doesn't cosleep anymore it will work out just fine. Right now, our extra bedroom will be his when he's older.
Perpetually breastfeeding or pregnant ENFP mom to a lot of kids...wife to a midwestern nice guy...living in tropical paradise...pink cats and homebirths rock!
We're in a 750 sq ft 2 bed apartment, and it's just a tad too small for us, and two kids. It's fine for us and one kid. I think we need another 100-150 sq ft room to be a second bedroom, and to house a couple of the bulkier kids toys (rocking horse, dollhouse). We currently have 2 x 150 sq ft bedrooms (one is a 'grownups room' and one for sleeping). Our kitchen and living space is all one (about 350 sq ft), and feels plenty big enough.
I like to have a space for the computer, bookshelves, craft box that's away from the main area, so I don't need to supervise closely while we're in our main living space. It also is our guest room, and since we have guests for a month at a time, we need the room! Actually, I'd also like the third room/second bedroom so that I can get away from people when we have guests.
So, my answer would be that I need about 600 sq ft in at least bedroom, kitchen/living and bathroom, plus another 100-200 sq ft room per extra person. If my kid/s were teenagers I'd like a bedroom per person (my husband and I would share, and we'd have a study/library). 1000 for 4 would be great.
|It is not less reasonable for a family of 4 to live in a 2500 sq foot home than it is to live in a 1000 sq ft if they have a grand piano and a pool table and regularly host 30 people for thanksgiving dinner.|
I personally feel like my 800 sqf place is really spacious for the 4 of us because we have a large living/dining room. The tv and computers are in a small room to the side, and the tiny kitchen is separate. The layout makes a big difference.
Honestly, we could get by with just this 1500 up, maybe even less since this living room is huge and long. So 200-300 square foot per person is a good 'guesstimate' for me.
Anything under 1000 square feet for a family sounds unreasonably small to me. We are moving from a 750 square foot apartment to our new house. It will be quite the change. I have been feeling a bit cramped.
Joyful mama of 3.
But for most clutter-impaired people, smaller = more stuff packed into less space = FAR more difficult to clean = insane mom!
Our current flat is maybe 750 square feet (good sized by London standards). it's too small. I need at least 1500, I think. Enough for a nice big kitchen and, oh yes, dream on, a utility space with washer and dryer! I'm a pack rat--we've got hundreds of books crammed in here. (DH isn't much better: when we moved from our old flat there were stacks of Star Trek magazines and boxes of Amiga bits under the bed.) I can't live without books; giving them away/selling them is not an option. When I was in my early teens I decided I was too "grown up" for all my kids books and put them in the basement. Eventually, of course, they got dumped. When I got older I realised how monumentally stupid that was and as a consequence I now hoard.
I don't need one of those 4000 square foot monstrosities, especially since they seem to have so much wasted space (some of the rooms are pointlessly large and the space just doesn't seem to be efficiently used in general). But I need some space.
DD 01/2007, DS 09/2011
The new house is fine in the summer, since we spend a lot of time outside, but I felt a little crazy in the winter. Main problems are the pets and toys - they are always underfoot.
We are expecting a baby girl now, and we know the kids (one boy one girl) will want their own rooms eventually, so we'll either be adding on or moving. We only have one functioning bedroom, the other is only 8x7ft with no closet, and we use it mainly as a walk-in storage closet/office and away-room for the dogs.
I think it all depends on floor plan for the most part. This house would be fine if we had just one kid or two same-sex kids, and no indoor pets. I think anything over 1500 sq ft is just unneccessary, unless you have a big family (more than 4 kids?). Once you get over 1500, you're looking at little-used, formal rooms like "dining rooms" and "living rooms" that sit empty or just store furniture most the year.
now were in 1550.. its great
i wouldnt call it perfect..Idealy we'd have a 4th bedroom, my kids rooms would be just a tad bit bigger & their bath just a bit bigger.
all other rooms are perfect size i think
We've gotten rid of A LOT of clutter. Life is simple and it works for us. Although I wish we had a bigger place sometimes.
Dh and I want to take courses on sustainable energy efficient homes at
Cedar Valley College. We'll start our own business and promote energy saving homes.
I do not envy my friends who have 2000+ sq ft homes because they're always complaining about how high their utility bills are.
We ultimately want to build a straw bale house and harvest rainwater.
I feel this is pretty reasonable sized. I prefer larger sparsely furnished rooms in general - I don't think extra space is bad, if you don't fill it up with stuff.