(Closed) CFBC what type of home do you live in?

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Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

We currently live in a 2100 sq ft house. We don’t use two of the 4 bedrooms. We plan on building in the next few years as my husband really wants more land. We live in a subdivison now with fairly small (1/2 acre) lots. He was raised on 10 acres of land and would like to have some more outdoor room. We will probably build a 2500 square foot house. I’m good with our current size but the storage kind of sucks, so I’m hoping that’s where most of the added space would go. We are keeping the option of kids open right now for the future although we’re content being child free right now. 

Post # 17
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

Single family, about 1800 sq feet plus a finished basement. 3 bedroom plus bonus room/2.5 baths. It is definitely really too much house really for the two of us and our cat, but we choose to rent for now and got a great deal on the rent, like the location, have a great landlord, and the storage space is nice for our gear and such associated with our hobbies, as well as room for an office, etc. We also like having a big yard and a garage is a must. I don’t even mind all the baths, as there is one on each floor this way. My husband is the one that cleans them anyway. 😆

Post # 18
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Bumble bee

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submart:  Fun topic! We live in a 474 square foot apartment, it’s 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and then a kitchen/living room open combo space. We’ve been in our place for 3 years and we plan on staying for as long as we’re in our current city. Since we live in nyc, and we have a good deal, we’re staying put until we move to another city. for the most part it’s a great space, but we definitely want a little more when we buy. Reasons we want more space than we have: 

  • We have very limited storage space. I would like a big pantry & deep freezer (I cook a lot, can, and bulk shop). It’s also tough to store off season things (coats, decorations, etc.), basically every closet is packed to the brim. 
  • We don’t have space to work on things/do hobbies. DH would love to get more into making things (he builds computers, etc.), I’d love space to do DIY stuff, brew beer, and we’d both like a workout room in our home. 
  • We don’t have a dining room. We have a tiny folding table that we eat at, but we can’t really have sit-down dinner parties.
  • We would love a luxury bathroom. We have a cute little bathroom but I have pretty extensive back problems and would love a totally lush bathroom with a jet tub and even a sauna. We know not every small house will have this, but we’re open to putting it in ourselves.
  • It would be great to have a comfortable guest room. One of our bedrooms is a standard bedroom and the other one is our office type space with a desk, bookcases, telescopes, etc.  

Once we move, and buy a place, we want to get a small single family home. DH is the one who is really set on a single family home, I’d be happy in a condo or apartment, but it’s really all he wants and he’s the primary earner so I’m totally cool with the house idea. We’re still set on a fairly small space though. Since we’ve lived in tiny apartments for so long any house will feel huge to us. We’re thinking (ideally) 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, small yard with just enough space to entertain, between 800-1200 square feet of living space, and off street parking. 

Our reasons for going smallish:

  • I don’t want to spend a ton of time cleaning a huge house
  • DH and I really want to focus on early retirement and saving money instead of pouring cash into maintaining a huge space. Everything gets more expensive when you have a huge space, from buying furnishings to replacing the roof to heating and cooling bills.
  • I just genuinely like the feel of small homes. Smaller homes feel cozier to me. I just don’t feel comfy and warm in a massive space. 
  • In a smaller home we’ll be able to afford to really get the furnishings/do the custom projects we want. 
  • We’d rather spend less on a mortgage payment and more on travel. 

That said, I don’t throw any shade on childfree couples who want a huge home! Just because you don’t have kids doesn’t mean you have to live in a small space. 🙂 

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Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

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mrshomemaker:  did I read that right-approx 500 square feet total? How big are the two bedrooms?

Post # 20
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Bumble bee

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heputaringonit:  yep! you read that right! i know it sounds crazy small but in nyc it’s not all that tiny- people actually comment on how spacious our place is all the time, lol. i posted pictures of each room in my apartment on my blog, if you want i can PM it to you! 

ETA: each bedroom is around 100 square feet

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Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

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mrshomemaker:  yea PM me!  im really curious how you arrange furniture (and here I was complaining that a queen barely fits in our guest room 🙄)

Post # 22
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Bumble bee

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heputaringonit:  haha, it’s definitely a challenge arranging our furniture! i’ll pm you my blog post!

Post # 23
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Busy bee

We are renting currently, but in the process of buying a 5 bed 2 bath home. It’s approximately 3500 ft. We love having lots of room and we also don’t live alone (despite being cfbc). We should have 3 roommates and a guest bedroom. We also have a sitting room in addition to a living room, a computer space, and a massive master bedroom. 

Post # 24
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

We just bought our Forever Home.  It’s about 2300 sf, 4Bed/4BA.

This is it for us, no more moving!  It also has a nice little deck with a partial water view, perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine.  The location could not be better, it’s a great area.  We’re very happy!

 

Post # 25
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Buzzing Beekeeper

14 square house on 500 square metres of land. 3 bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths and a double garage. We are in the suburbs about 25mins from the CBD. It is more than enough room for us and the three cats.

We are currently building a 5 bedroom, 4  full & 2 half bath house on 5 acres about 90mins from the CBD. My husbands family is from interstate and I have a large family who live interstate or overseas so the extra bedrooms are really for the visitors. The extra land is to raise rescue animals (pigs, goats, alpacas etc) and a pool for our hot hot summers (It’s autumn and 29C today!).

 

Post # 26
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

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heputaringonit:  

When I escaped from my abusive exh, I bought a little dollhouse that was a mere 480sf.  I loved it at the time, it was my sanctuary.

I was able to sell it a couple of years later for more than twice what I’d paid for it.

The best part was I’d bought it for cash.

Post # 27
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Busy bee

We live in a three bed, two bath and double garage single story house on approx 850 sqm. There’s a lap-pool project happening so we’re proud owners of a giant hole too. DH converted one of the bedrooms into a walk in closet for me and our living room is an entertainment hub with projector TV so it’s usually very dark. The third bedroom is an office/doggy bedroom/guest room. 

It’s just the right amount of room for us, we could even go smaller. We live in the district of three very good schools which is totally wasted on us.

Post # 28
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We own our own home. It’s a 3 bedroom/2 bath 1 story ranch with a 2 car garage. Around 1,800 sq. ft. Fenced in backyard for the dogs. I really love the layout and flow of our house. I just wish both our living rooms were bigger. A couple things need updated. In a few years we are planning a renovation to make one of the living rooms bigger, and add a mudroom. Then it will be perfect!!

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

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sassy411:  I’ve lived in 600-700 square feet and was fine. I was just more impressed they divied that space into a two bedroom. 

Post # 30
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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submart:  we are currently child-free not by choice and so we bought our 1900 sq ft house with the assumption there would be more people living in it some day. It’s currently 3 bed 1.5 bath with plenty of space to add a master bathroom and refinish the two attic bedrooms so that they are nicer and have a true 5 bed house. If we have children we’ll do the extra bath and bedrooms, but if we never manage to get pregnant we will probably skip the renovations. Either way this is our forever house. 

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