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Not real good at naming my threads.....<br><br>
But anyway, we are buying a house and I am eyeing houses from a HSing view. We are talking basics here. There are not a lot of houses that are doable that are in our price range. As with anything in life,it is *all* about compromise!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
So I am wondering....do any of you live and HS in small homes? If so, tell me about it. The good and the bad.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
The type of styles we have looked at are Bungalows and Tudors, there are plenty of brick ranches-but I personally can't stand that type of architecture.<br><br>
So with Bungalows, the layout is usually quite open. We live in a bungalow now, and while I find it great in some ways(I can easily monitor my young children and it lends itself to maximum family interaction) in other ways, I *loathe* the openness because of the constant mess all right there in my face,haunting me to constantly pickup. Being home everyday-all day,it is neverending, and there is no "escaping" it.<br><br>
But with a Tudor style home, living areas are broken up. There isn't the openness and family members as well as "stuff" wouldn't all be right there in one big space.<br><br>
Then, there is the yard issue. Right now, we have a very small,fenced in yard with no trees. We have no swingset or tire swings,etc....my kids keep themselves busy playing in the sandbox and digging in the dirt,etc..<br>
We have looked at some houses with *very* large,fenced in yards with big huge trees. Tons of "playability" IYKWIM! Unfortunately, the houses that go with these yards are smaller. I fell in love with one house that has the most awesome yard. But the kitchen is *so* tiny,I would have to get rid of half my kitchen stuff, and the rooms are all pretty small. As is now, I am way limited in cupboard space, and it does stink.<br><br>
But, I am thinking that since we are home everyday-all day, it would be *so* nice to have a big,nice,fenced in yard to let the kids run wild. LOts of awesome nature exploration could happen.<br><br>
Never thought I would consider HSing while house hunting, but it seems so necessary that I do now.<br><br>
Maybe there are points that I am forgetting or neglecting......<br><br>
Any input is welcome!<br><br>
Ramble,ramble.......<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie"><br><br>
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We live in a small duplex, and were in an apt before. The duples is such a step up for us- attatched garage w/ washer and dryer hookups, fenced in yard, and one more bedroom than we had. We have now turned our extra bedroom into the play/school room. It's really nice to have a place to store all the materials, and keep the rest of the clutter out. We don't have a huge backyard, no swingset or sandbox, but there is a playhouse and a tree. I would try to get a compromise between the yard and house. In the winter, the kids will have to still be in the house a lot, and you don't wa nt it to be too tiny. If you can find one with an extra bedroom, den, or garage youn can convert I woudl highly recommend that.
 

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Downstairs in just 992 Sq. Ft. It has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living-dining area, and a kitchen. Upstairs is converted attic, and is not couted in the Sq. footage because of the low ceiling. We moved our beds and dressers upstairs, and turned the master bedroom into our "den/TV room", and the other bedroom is the office/guest room" The living-dining room is our school/toy room. This works best for us right now. Upstairs was big enough for 2 queen beds and 2-3 dressers. It is quite cozy up there! Our bacl yard is not very big, but we do have a hot tub and a swing set back there.<br><br>
If we had more than 2 days to buy a house when we moved, I would have liked something with and extra family room, for homeschooling, but we are making "do" since this house was within our budget to be payed for, and now we have no mortgage! We will be here for at least the next 3 years, maybe longer.
 

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We lived in a tri level and I found it very difficult to school there. Everything always ended up in the kitchen which was a major pain. We are moving into a different house next week. I'm going to use the dining/living room for our school room. Hopefully that will work out better than the last house. My dream is to have it set up like a "real" class room (with all the stuff from Lakeshore Learning) but who can afford that? LOL!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Check out <a href="http://www.unschooling.com/discus/messages/37/9030.html?MondaySeptember820030828am" target="_blank">this thread</a> on "If you could design an unschooling house… " on <a href="http://www.unschooling.com" target="_blank">unschooling.com</a> 's message boards.<br><br>
Personally I like knowing I have space in my home to start projects and let them stay there until they are done. I like having enough rooms that I can call one or two rooms "clean rooms" and let the rest of the house be truly used. We have a nice-sized yard, but my girls only play in a small part of it, at least now. There are always other outdoor places to go, and I like going to them because we meet other people there.
 

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My friends just built a housewith homeschooling in mind. while I don't need a school room I think it would be nice to have a school stuff room where thier desks and our endless row of rubbermaid goes :LOL I think a large closet would be a huge help. Make that a walk in closet. We have a hug inexcessible closet. We have floor floprs. A basement, 3 bedrooms, dining room LR, kitchen and huge attic playroom that is useable about 9 months out of the year. hopefully soon we can fix the windows and get AC up there. Anyway, we have a lot of space but it doesn't help. it is all about storage and wal space.. I say go for a house you like and compromise on the yard. Children are resourceful, can have fun anywhere and hey, hat is what parks and neighbors are for <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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mp congratulations and good luck on your house hunting! I know you will find just the right house for your family! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Here are some of my thoughts on the subject.<br><br>
I think with young children a fenced yard is worth having and more important than a large yard.<br><br>
In the long run I think I would choose an open floor plan over more/smaller rooms. This is what we have now and I do hate the clutter, but having the family always together is worth it IMO.<br><br>
Storage is more important than space as we all know that homeschoolers (children in general) can collect a lot of project "stuff," books, "masterpieces," etc.<br><br>
I think that a nice kitchen where there is room for little ones to help and older ones to sit and chat with me while I'm cooking is a must.<br><br>
A play room, music room, craft room, or office/library would be more useful to our family than an extra bedroom.<br><br>
Having a laundry room on the first floor would be heaven sent!!! I know I would get more laundry done and eveything would be bliss! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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"Having a laundry room on the first floor would be heaven sent!!!"<br><br>
AMEN!!!!!!!
 

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I think for me the ideal HSing home would be a one floor home. There would be a *large* living room, a good kitchen, and small bedrooms that are only used for sleeping. I'd like to have a shared office between myself and my DD. I haven't been able to decide on a guest bedroom or not, though. A yard helps a lot with HSing IMO. I'm in favor of big fences for privacy.<br><br>
A small home is easy and quick to clean, and a big yard has plenty of play space. However, a big yard takes a lot of work to keep up with, just like a big house does.
 

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thanks so much for all of your replies!!<br><br>
i must keep this brief as ds is super sick with the chicken pox and any free time i have is spent house hunting.....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/crap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crap"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
you have all given me such great input! thankyou!!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
the house we are currently considering was built in 1908 and is rather big with a small yard. it would need a lot of improving-like a new kitchen-but it is in an awesome location right around the corner from 2 different parks. and it is a house that-with improvements-we could grow into as a family. the hfs is also close-that would be nice.<br><br>
i'll post back when we find something......<br><br>
thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/caffix.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="coffee"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/caffix.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="coffee"><br><br>
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We live in a 2-story twin with a very small fenced yard. We bought this house with homeschooling in mind, but also in mind was the fact that my husband works from home. So basically, all 3 of us are home a lot of the time, and I needed both space for me and Sam to do our thing, but also space for Rob to work and concentrate without distractions.<br><br>
The winning attribute for our house was the nice finished basement. Rob took one of the 2nd story bedrooms for his office, and Sam and I spend most of our home-time in the basement. It's big enough for all of his gear and also my sewing stuff (I have a WAH business making diaper bags).<br><br>
I like our yard b/c it's not so big that I worry about mowing the lawn...takes all of 10 minutes with my human-powered push mower. But it's big enough for a veggie garden, sandbox, and enough room to play catch with Sam. We're also walking distance from a playground and from a city forest park, so I don't mind that the yard is tiny.<br><br>
Have fun on your search!<br>
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Hello!<br><br>
I thought I'd pop in here and let you guys know that we bought a house. Well actually, the closing date is the middle of November,but the "SOLD" sign in the yard is *ours*!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
We ended up with the bigger house that has a smaller yard(which we will finish fencing in) and is just a few houses away from two different parks. We very much considered our homeschooling life as we made the choice. The house is large for our size family, but it has open spaces,with an extra bedroom(on the main floor) that will serve as the play/office/school room, and TONS of closet/storage space. All of the other bedrooms are on the top floor,but for now-while ds is so little-one of the bedrooms will be used as a home office for dh. The upstairs even has a little room/space that we are going to convert into a reading/*hideout* for the kids.<br><br>
We plan on knocking out a kitchen wall to allow for more openness and *flow* to the living/dining areas. THe basement is huge,and has tons of potential for our family to grow into.<br><br>
The thing we really cpmpromised on was the size of the yard,but we figure as long as it is fenced in, and we can have a little place to hang,that is all we really need. With two parks within a very short walking distance,we will have tons of space to enjoy along with hanging with neighbors!<br><br>
Oh, I have to mention that we are in close walking distance to the HFS,library, and grocery!<br><br>
Now, I must let go of my homeschooling expectations for the next several weeks, as we will be BUSY doing windows,floors,fencing,etc.....not to mention packing!!<br><br><br>
Thanks again for your input. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/champagne.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="champagne"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/partytime.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="partytime"><br><br>
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mamapoppins congrats on your new home! It sounds perfect! Enjoy, and just forget about "schooling" while you are moving. Let the kinds learn real life stuff for a month or two as you work on packing and referbishing projects! These will be cherished memories that you are building now.
 

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We have a ranch style home and when the weather is bad and we can't be outside, I don't especially like it. We can't get away from each other. The noisy play gets to me, we need either bigger bed rooms for the kids or another family room, like a basement where if we want we can get a break from one anther. I would think you would have the same problem with a bungalow. A basement would be nice. Is my opinion
 
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