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I lived the minimalist lifestyle (could fit all my belongings into my car and pack to move in 1 hour) before dh and would like to start heading in that direction again. Anyway, what is your opinion on min sq.feet per person? It would probably depend a lot on the layout, but answer anyway <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We would also like to have a largish family 4-6 kids.<br><br>
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With 4 kids, we get cramped at times with 1700 sq ft. I would not go less the 1500 with this bunch! And 2 bathrooms are a must, we all share one in this house and it's gotten messy on occasion <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> (my dad also lives with us)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I lived the minimalist lifestyle (could fit all my belongings into my car and pack to move in 1 hour) before dh and would like to start heading in that direction again. Anyway, what is your opinion on min sq.feet per person? It would probably depend a lot on the layout, but answer anyway <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We would also like to have a largish family 4-6 kids.<br><br>
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I personally consider a large working kitchen to be a must with a larger family. Two bathrooms is definitely a perk as well. I grew up in a 3Br/1Ba 1050sq ft house with seven people. I think I would add about 500sq ft to my parent's house, primarily in the form of a closed off den/second living room (to separate noisy/quiet activities), enlarging the bedrooms slightly (my brothers shared a 60 sq ft room...), more storage space (to capitalize on bulk deals that are worth it for a larger family), and possibly a second bathroom.<br><br>
My parent's house worked because it has an open floor plan for the living space (LR/dining area/kitchen is basically one room). I would have appreciated a second living area because the bed room I shared with two sisters was small . My family is fairly addicted to television, so it would have been nice to have a room to go to to do quieter activities without shouting over the background noise.
 

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In our old house, which was around 600 sq ft. It was do able with two adults and two kids. But the disadvantages were - small kitchen, one bathroom. The bathroom is workable, though at times you wonder why you were okay with the one bath and didn't insist on a house with two. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
For us as a family of five now, 1500 sq ft is almost too much. But we're really moving the towards the compacting/simplify lifestyle now. We're currently looking at homes that are 800-1000 sq ft and think we'll do fine in something around that size.<br><br>
I think it's dependent a lot on age of persons living in the home. Also, what the hobbies are of all that live there. My husband is a drafter, so he needs a rather large work space. We're hoping whatever home we move into will have a bedroom large enough to accomodate our queen bed and then his workspace (right now, he has his own room but that's almost a waste of half of the bedroom).
 

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My dh needs a big garage and an office space because he is an electrical contractor. My dream is that we could live in a smallish house and his workshop/office area could be somewhere else in the town.
 

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We are soon be be a family of four and we're moving into a 1000 sq ft apartment here. <a href="http://www.newberryplace.org" target="_blank">www.newberryplace.org</a>. So we'll have some space to hang out in common areas, but our own living area will be about 1000 sq ft. I think it will be about perfect. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We are a family of four living in about 700+ sf. I echo the idea of a large living room and a large kitchen. Our shared bedroom is small which is perfect because it is only used for napping, sleeping at night, and clothes storage. Our bathroom is a perfectly adequate size, and then there is a very small mudroom/laundry room. There is no dining room, which is good, because in a small home that seems like such a waste of space.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We are soon be be a family of four and we're moving into a 1000 sq ft apartment here. <a href="http://www.newberryplace.org" target="_blank">www.newberryplace.org</a>. So we'll have some space to hang out in common areas, but our own living area will be about 1000 sq ft. I think it will be about perfect. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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This looks cool. How did you find it?
 

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We had kind of been thinking of co-housing for the past year or so and then we just happened to come across a flyer for this group. We've been involved for a little over a year now, so it is really exciting that it is coming together now! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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