All this "McMansion" talk got me thinkin

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All this "McMansion" talk got me thinkin
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Mon, 04-19-2004 - 9:35am

... I'm real estate shopping right now and considering making an offer on a house. My concern right now is that its too small. Price is good. Location is good. I like the "look" of the house. Backyard is huge. But its only 1373 sf. That seems small to me. The other houses I've owned have been 2600 and 2400 sf. The rental I'm in now is 1670 sf. So the 1373 seems small to me.


What I'm wondering is ... is it really that small? Do other two-kid (or more) families live in that size house? Do they find it too small?


So, here's my question. What size is your house (rented or owned) and how many people live there?


I'm going today to see it again, take some measurements and get some dig pics. If I can, I'll post them to get some opinions ... I don't wanna make this decision alone! lol

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Mon, 04-19-2004 - 9:44am

First of all, how exciting!

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Mon, 04-19-2004 - 9:50am
Hi Hollie-

Our house is 1400-odd sq feet. 3 beds, 1 1/2 baths.We think it's too small and we want a bigger house. BUT- it would NOT be too small if we had a full basement (we just have a crawl space....the price you often pay for living on a lake) and a garage. It's mainly a storage issue and a party issue. Dh has a huge family and Christmas at our place is an impossibility (and I love to entertain!)...so we stick with summer parties.

We could easily find a bigger house in our price range, but not on a lake (a requirement for dh)....

My ideal (if we built) would be 4 bed, 2 1/2 bath (with the master-suite bath, of course!) but only about 2200 sq ft as long as it had a basement and garage. I have a lot of friends/family with 3000+ houses and the rooms are HUGE and heating bills are through the roof! I think small bedrooms are fine.

On another note, the layout makes all the difference. Ours is a tri-level and the flow is nice. I don't like chopped up houses with walls and corners to navigate, whatever the sq footage.

Good luck!

Meldi

Meldi
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Mon, 04-19-2004 - 10:02am
Well, I grew up in a house that size but I was an only child. However, I was back in the old neighborhood over the weekend. I found out the people who own our old house now have 4 kids so I guess yes it can be done.
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Mon, 04-19-2004 - 10:03am
Our small ranch is only 1351 sq feet and four of us live here. We have the "great room" style where you walk right into the lr from the entry and all the rooms are off of it.

I HATE IT!!! Besides being just too small, I hate the "apartment" feel of the place.

I really don't like that no matter where anyone is in the house - we can hear each other -a constant bother when the kids are in bed ("well I can't run the sweeper/run washer/dishwasher right now bcause baby is sleeping," etc.)

I recently polled my friends about their living situations - because we too are starting to look and wondered about what square footage we should go for. What I heard over and over again was that for a family of four we need at least 2200 too feel comfy and roomy.

What I heard more than anything tho was....with two (or more) small kids NO amount of square footage is too much!! You'll end up using it ALL somehow.

Then again, I know all families make do with what they have. If I were a little more diligent in keeping closets clean, attic space a bit more organized, I could probably make this place work indefinitely.

Good luck in your hunt!

Jen

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Registered: 05-28-2003
Mon, 04-19-2004 - 10:03am
I think the size of the house is only a small part of the big picture. I recently went to a housewarming party: the house was probably about 1200 sq ft but it didn't *seem* small: LOTS of sun, open floor plan, warm family room, good looking kitchen. And the backyard-- was huge -- large enough to have this great swing/slide set, grass area, covered patio, and a vegetable garden.

Post some pics! I'm so excited for you!
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Registered: 12-03-2003
Mon, 04-19-2004 - 10:08am
I have three kids and our house is about 1950. Everyone I know IRL has a larger house--often a *much* larger house.But this is what we felt comfortable paying for. I'd much ratehr have an easily afforbale house that is theoretically too small than a large house that stresses me out every month when I pay the mortgage.

Also, we *really* only live in about three rooms: our bedroom, the family room and the kitchen. The kids just sleep in their rooms and the front formal rooms we could live without if we needed to live without them.

How much house do you actually live in? Do you really use all 1600 sqaure feet of the house you have right now?

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Mon, 04-19-2004 - 10:10am

Ours is 3000 sq ft not including the finished basement or garages...I guess the basement would add another 1500 sq ft to the total.

 

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Mon, 04-19-2004 - 10:10am
Hey ,

That is the exact size as are house we have 3 bedrooms 14*12 10*10 and 10*10 . We have 4 kids all girls . When we bought the house we bought it because we liked the location and we had a nice big yard it is on a quiet road bordering farms and there is a lake about a quater mile down . We also have a huge kitchen 300 sq ft . Now when we bought the house we knew that as soon as thegirls got bigger we would need to add on we checked all that out first and made sure we could put on a garage which we will do in 5 years with about 600 feet of living space above it . Right niow we are finishing a 4th bedroom we put in the basemeny which is 14*14 and a oversized hall way for my bookshelfs next summer we will put are second bath downstairs.


If you like the house but think it is too small check into adding on or refinishing a basemt it is not that expensive to refinish a basemen It cost us under 2000 including carpet and paint but hubby did all the work himself ..good luck and I hope you find the perfect home for you and your family

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Registered: 05-28-2003
Mon, 04-19-2004 - 10:17am
You're not immune to that in a bigger house! Our house is pretty "open" so you can hear everything that's going on downstairs upstairs. lol!
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Mon, 04-19-2004 - 10:25am
Do your kids play in their rooms?

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