One adult (me) and four kids (14, 12, 10, 8). We are about to move from a 2400sf split-level ranch (with a partially finished basement, extra-deep two-car garage, and two-room shed) to a 1400sf Victorian (with a partially finished attic and tiny one-car garage).
Our current house has three bedrooms -- girls share, boys share, and I have my own room. 800sf of our current house is the lower level, which is a huge recreation room (almost never used) and a canning kitchen/laundry room (used only for laundry). I feel that space is all very underutilized. We just don't need it.
Our new house has three bedrooms but my oldest will be taking over the attic, his brother will have his own room (the small bedroom), the girls will share, and I'll have my own room. We will also have a music room downstairs that will double as a guest room. Somehow the new house feels just as spacious and useable as the old house. We'll see if that is the case.
The old house also has two large bathrooms. The new house has two very small bathrooms. The usefulness is the same but with less square footage (though we will lose the second shower that we now enjoy)
Prior to this house, we lived in a 1100 sf condo (two adults and three kids aged 5, 3, 1). We all shared a bedroom and the second bedroom was our office. There was also a really nice unfinished basement for storage. At the time I thought it was too small because most of our friends lived in McMansions. But now I realize it was a good size for us at the time. We would not have had enough bedrooms once the family bed was behind us though.
- single homeschooling mom to 17, 15, almost-13, 11
Reading worthy's post reminded me of how our view of our space has changed over the last 10 years (same apt.) When the girls were little, we would have loved to have a basement play area, but did not. Their bedroom was fine for them to share. Now that they are older, we don't need the play area, but would love to have separate bedrooms, but don't.
Mom "D" to DD1 "Z" (15) and DD2 "I" (12) DH "M"
Our total living area is 1,568 sq ft- 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths- for 2 adults, one child, 2 indoor dogs and 3 indoor cats.
We spend a lot of time in our home and I think the size is mostly okay for us... maybe 1 room more would be good. If the basement were nicer to hang out in that would probably be enough.
When we moved to this house people were trying to give us furniture and stuff because they thought it was so much bigger than our old place. It really wasn't a different sized house but looks bigger because the layout is different.
Kim ~mom to one awesome dd (12)
3100 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths for a family of 5. It is way too much space for us, we could downsize happily to about half of this if it was laid out right. Wet got a steal in a new development though and had a hard time passing it up which I admittedly regret sometimes.
Full Time Student & Mommy to 3 princesses! 9/03, 2/07 & 2/07
Momma-ing the Muffin since October 2011!
We are a family of three (about to be 4) and just moved from a 3500 sq ft house (4 br, 5 ba) to a 1600 sq ft house (3 br, 1.5 ba). I couldn't be happier. We were in the big house for three years and it was exciting at first, but we had waaaay to much under-utilized space and it was a pain to clean, and the toys - my god how they multiplied in all that space. We did some serious decluttering before the move. We now have the perfect amount of space that is a much better fit, with no unused rooms. We have an attached garage and a screened in back porch, and a lovely small fenced yard.
A little under 1800 square feet with no basement for two adults, four kids (soon to be five) and three cats. If I could find an ideally cut home, which I've been looking for but honestly seems like I'd have to design it myself, I probably could go even smaller. However I'd have to cut down on my belongings to bare bones. I honestly may wind up doing that eventually. A lot of things, when breaking, aren't getting replaced.
I've lived in a small 250+ square foot efficiency as a couple and I loved it. I am a big fan of the 'tiny house' movement. I once did a search for small homes, under 1500 square feet, which had 6 bedrooms. DH thought I was being funny. But, seriously, even in this house it's not cut 'efficiently' enough. Who needs a foyer or a dining room? Right now, with new kiddo coming, we're talking about enclosing our dining room. It could be used as a fifth bedroom them. And, if we ever sell (been here for a while) using french doors it would also be quite attractive as someone's office!
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 have just over 1000 sq ft - 2 adults, 2 kids (soon to be 3) and a cat, and I feel cramped. As a pp mentioned, storage or lack of really makes a difference! I need to buy a christmas tree this year and have no idea where we will store it!
Happy wife of Mr. Rabbit; proud momma to DS1 (07.07.09), DS2 (02.11.11) and expecting baby #3 01.27.13.
We are a family of 5 & a cat. We have 2 adults, and 4.5yr, 3yr & 8mo old children in 1200sq ft bungalow with an undeveloped basement. We have no garage, but have some sheds and a 1/2 acre of land in a small village. It's a 3 bedroom place with one bathroom. We love the small house, it was built in the 30's or 40's (I can't remember right now) and has lots of character. We're considering moving back to the city & renting though because of the commute for dh and the maintenance of this place. :( I'd be happy minimizing enough so that we can live in 1200sq ft without any basement/ outbuildings, in a rental.
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