Post # 1
I posted this on HelloBee, but in order to get more traffic I wanted to ask the hive!
How did your home adjust to kids – either just 1 or when you had more? For bees without kids, what is your plan for your home?
We have a 3 bedroom 2.5 bathroom single-family, but we are sort of on the fence on whether this could be our “forever home” or not if we have 2 kids.
Weigh in! 🙂
Post # 4
How many square feet is your home? I ask because our first home with the kids was around 800 square feet and we quickly outgrew it. We bought and moved into our home now 5 years ago when the kids were 1 and 5. It is roughly 1100 square feet and we have 3 very small bedrooms (10×10 or smaller) and 1 small bathroom. It is NOT enough room. We have completely and totally outgrown it, it is bursting at the seams. The kids toys can barely fit in their rooms and tend to overflow into the living room more often than not. And if its not toys it’s laundry or school papers taking over the living room. We also want to have another child but I cannot see fitting another person into this house. I think we could do it if we had at least 1500 square feet with no problem. Right now our only option is to finish our unfinished basement and I don’t know if we will ever have the money to take on such an overhaul.
I promised myself when we are able to sell our house and move I will not settle for less than 2 bathrooms and at least 12×12 bedrooms. If we do have another child I will probably search for a 4 bedroom just so they can all continue to have their own rooms but with only 2 children I would be fine with a 3 bedroom.
Post # 5
@aubrav: Our home is 1600-ish square feet. All the bedrooms are upstairs in a row. It literally goes Master, then 2nd bathroom, bedroom 2, bedroom 3. The rooms themselves aren’t huge, but aren’t tiny either. I think one bedroom is 10×13 and the other is 11×11? I could be way off though.
I think we have the square footage for 2, it’s just not necessarily all that functional downstairs and I definitely can’t see having 3 here. Our dining room is way too big for how often we use it and our living room is really long (read: awkward for furniture). I really think we’d have to add a bonus room off the back for it to be functional with more than 1.
Post # 6
I’m not sure how your downstairs is laid out but is there any way you can turn your dining room into a multi-purpose room since it is so big? Is it a formal dining room or is it part of the kitchen? I guess what I am asking is if your dining room is where you sit down at the table to eat or do you have another place like a table and chairs in an eat-in kitchen? I’m just trying to picture why it wouldn’t be functional. Depending on how long your living room is a lot of experts recommend creating different areas in a long living space. Maybe have the living area on one side and then having an office area on the other, or play area, or reading area, etc. You don’t have any pictures do you?
Post # 7
Our home is also 3 bd, 2.5 bath, but is about 2100 sq ft. We just plan on having the 2 kids that are on the way right now. We previously had 2 guest rooms, one is now a nursery, and the other stays guest/office. Because the twins are boy-girl, they will each get their own room in a few years, so we will lose our guest room. But that’s not enough reason for us to move. We have two decent sized living rooms, with lots of couch space and room for an air mattress.
I know there will be times that the house will feel small, but we have a large lot where we all spend a good amount of time too. And I hate to clean! So having another 500-1000 sq ft to keep up with makes me kind of meh. Last factor – we are only a few years from paying off the house! If we upped the mortgage and/or extended it a lot longer, it would be harder for me to be a Stay-At-Home Mom.
My hubby grew up in a family of six in a tiny 2 bedroom apt or 3 bd home, and they all still like each other – so I think we’ll be ok 😉
Post # 8
I could easily do 2 kids in a 3-bedroom home, especially if you have 2.5 baths! But we don’t need a lot of space or a lot of stuff. We make do now in a 2 bedroom home, with 1.5 baths and one room for living/dining/entertaining (and it is not a “great room” it is 12×12 or so). We have one toddler.
Post # 9
Our house is about 1350 sqft 4 bedrooms ( we use one as an office) and 2 full baths. We will be getting married in August and TTC immediately after. We will make 1 room a nursery, which leaves us with 1 guest room, our bedroom and the office ( in this house, more kids in the future 🙂 ) . In about 3 years we plan on moving into a much bigger house. We love the house we are in now, it’s brand new and perfect for us, but it’s also a starter home, so definitely not a forever home.
Post # 10
I think you can easily make it work. You have the space available and the house is big enough. You can get an octagon in the living room as a play area. We have about the same sq footage in the house we are renting and it is a nice sized house. It isn’t huge, but it isn’t too small either. Having 2.5 baths is the main thing. You have plenty of bathrooms for a family that size. We have 1 right now and are trying to figure out where to add a half bath.
Post # 11
I have a 1500 sq ft 3 bed 1.5 bath ranch. I will only have 2 children in this house. If we want to have a larger family, then we would need to consider moving. Our bedrooms aren’t large and I like the idea of kids having thier own room. Also, I couldn’t imagine a family of 6 living in my house and them having friends over, there just wouldn’t be enough room as they grow. I do have the bonus room off the kitchen which will be great for a playroom while they are young.
Post # 12
We’re atleast another 2 years out but children are on the horizon. Currently we rent a 2 bed/2 bath apartment but we’re hoping to buy in the next year or so. We won’t buy a house smaller than 3 bed/2 baths but even that seems small when you add a kid into the mix. We’re only planning on one as of right now but 2 would never work for us in a 3 bedroom. Darling Husband needs an office and I desperately want my own crafting area (though that’s not an absolute must). In a perfect world we’d have a 5 bedroom house but I wouldn’t want the mortgage payment to go along with that.
If you don’t already have a predetermined use for your extra bedrooms then you’d probably be fine in your current house. I know lots of people who raised their families in homes much smaller with even more kids.
Post # 13
We have a 2 bed + flex, 2 bath 1000 sqft apartment and we are full to the max with just the two of us our cat and rabbit. I think we could pull off having one child here but it would be tough and I would be tripping over stuff constantly. I want to move to a 3 bedroom townhouse before kiddies start showing up.
Post # 14
Oh….. Another thought! Is that including basement space if you had it? Our house will give us 2100 when we finish the basement
Post # 15
Well I’m a city girl and live in a 800 sq ft 2 bed/1 bath apartment so my situation is a little different. I figure that we can live in this apartment for at least the next 5 years. And if we only have one child we could potentially stay forever, people have done more with less!
If we happen to strike it rich or I get my inheritence early, we will move to a bigger place but for now this is the most we can afford.
Post # 16
Wow, I am so on top of my game….not. Sorry guys for bumping this but I wanted to answer questions and get some more feedback. Even if I am a week late. haha.
@aubrav: I don’t have any pictures, but our kitchen is only semi-eat-in, if that makes sense? There is only room for two bar stools, so WE eat in it but we won’t with kids. We eat in the dining room just as much as we do on the bar stools, just for comfort really. Our dining room is nice sized, but nothing huge. We do think that if we don’t add a sunroom or bonus room we would just get a smaller desk and put it in the living room, but I also have a TON of books (both field-related and personal) that wouldn’t have a home anymore. Plus our printer/copier/fax thing and others, it just takes up so much space in our office that I can’t imagine trying to fit it into our already somewhat awkwardly laid out living room. I’ll try and get pictures when I get home, but it’s hard to tell the angles of stuff!
@StormyRose: Nope, no basement. :/ We wish we’d found a house with one but no luck there. We’d have to expand outward, which isn’t out of the realm of possibility. We’re considering putting a sunroom/bonus room where our current deck is and then just adding another deck. We have a pretty huge backyard (we live on .5 an acre, which isn’t humongous but definitely plenty spacious.)
@UpstateCait: We aren’t concerned with losing our guest bedroom, but we are concerned with losing our office like you. The potential addition would pull double (or even triple?) duty being an office area, a playroom, and a guest room (a pull out couch?) Hmm.
To everyone regarding bathrooms – true! I didn’t even really think of the bonus of having the right amount of bathrooms. We only had 1 for 4 people at one point and made it out ok. Lol.