Bigger families, Bigger house??

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Bigger families, Bigger house??
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Sun, 12-09-2007 - 5:06pm

Hi Ladies! I'm new to this board...and love it!!! I have 4 children, 10, 7,6,1. The youngest being a Vasectomy reversal baby! We are open to any more additions to our family, but I worry about the "space" issue.  Though we have a comfortable ranch, it's 4 bedrooms, though no basement. Did many of you "upgrade" the size of your home when your family became larger, or finder better  ways of stretching your existing space? Thanks for your input!


 


Take care,


 


Mindy

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Sun, 12-09-2007 - 6:45pm

Hi Mindy, welcome!

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Sun, 12-09-2007 - 10:26pm
We live in a 4 bedroom house right now.

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Sun, 12-09-2007 - 11:20pm

Functional - I think that was the big deciding factor for us, because it wasn't!

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Sun, 12-09-2007 - 11:23pm

Desiree,


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Sun, 12-09-2007 - 11:27pm

Chris,


Hello! Thanks for responding!I think our home has a lot of great features that would be hard to replace ..and I agree with you on siblings sharing bedrooms, we also have a couple gathering areas. Thanks again for your input, it's nice to know what other large families do about space issues.


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Mon, 12-10-2007 - 9:30am

Hi Mindy and congrats on your lovely family.


Before we built out house we lived in a 3 BR twin with 1 bathroom.

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Mon, 12-10-2007 - 9:59am

Martie,


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Mon, 12-10-2007 - 11:43am

Hi, Mindy.


For us housing has been a purely financial matter....we needed to find the largest home for what we could afford.

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Mon, 12-10-2007 - 11:56am

Cindy,


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Mon, 12-10-2007 - 12:18pm

We move around a lot, so for now we rent. One good thing about renting, is you learn rather quickly what you *don't* want in a house! :)

Our current house has to be the most poorly designed house - ever. It certainly wasn't built with a large, or even medium sized family in mind. It's about 1200 sq. ft., with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The kitchen is *tiny* no matter how I swing it, I cannot have more than one kid helping me at a time, which sucks, because my kids love to help me cook. We have a small eating area off of the kitchen, which is big enough for the kids. There is no way we could fit a table and chairs big enough for all of us in there (we tried). So we don't eat as a family anymore :(.

The main room is all awkward angles, and walls so there's no real functional use of that space.

As for rooming arrangements my 2 older girls bunk in one room, my 2 youngest girls share another. My son has his own room to himself.

All said and done, despite the "open" floor plan, this house has no real functional (and that's really the key) space for our family. It feels like we're always tripping over each other. What's more, even though I've always had the belief that a smaller house is easier to clean (because it's smaller), we're so shoved in here and cluttered it feels like the house is constantly dirty.

Now as much as I dislike the design of this house, I am really grateful we have it. We moved in without ever seeing it first, as we signed the lease when we were still in California (we're in Florida now). It looks like we'll be moving *back* across the country soon, so hopefully the next house will be more large-family friendly.





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