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

posted 3 years ago in No Kids
Post # 31
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Helper bee

We live in a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house.  It is 1,352 square feet.  Honestly, I wish we would have gone with something bigger.  I don’t think the layout of our house is the best for us, but we couldn’t afford something bigger in the area we wanted to live so we compromised size for location.  I’m happy we decided to live where we do, but I’d gut my house and redo the layout if I won the lottery 😉

Post # 32
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

heputaringonit:  

That amazed me, too.  Would love to see pics!

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I live by myself in a 3 bedroom 2 bath house. About 1450 sqft. I prob sound like a spoiled brat bc I think it’s too small 😁 Lol 

Post # 34
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

submart:  I’ve lived in a few different types of places: apartment, townhome, single family dwelling. I’m CFBC, but I did have stepkids for several years that lived with us. By far, with or without kids, my choice is a single family dwelling. A house.

We live in a house now, no kids. It’s only about 1200 sq ft and I’m sure that includes our barely used basement. It’s PERFECT for the 2 of us and our dogs. If you are open to it, older homes were smaller. Our house was built in 1941 and it has a coved living room ceiling, arched doorways, and isn’t situated in a cookie cutter neighborhood. The only thing I would really change is it only has 1 bathroom. 99% of the time, it works, but that 1% makes me wish we had a half bath somewhere!

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

What type of home do you live in? Single Family Home

How many square footage do you have (or how many beds/baths)? 4 br/3 ba 2700 sq ft.

Do you feel it’s too big/small/just enough? Just enough. Hubby and I are fence sitters, so if we do decide to have children, we have plenty of room, but we were initally looking for a 3BR 2BA house. We live in another state from most of our family, so we wanted spare bedrooms to encourage our family to visit often and so we could host holidays. We just hosted a combined Christmas this year and it was perfect! We both come from larger homes, and our families both had the “hosting” houses for any holidays or events. The house we ended up finding had everything we possibly could have wanted, plus more, which meant an extra bedroom and bathroom as well.

How long do you plan on staying in your current home? Do you plan to downsize or upgrade? Forever. I told our realtor that I did not want a starter home. I wanted a forever home, and would wait as long as it took to get that. I have no intention of ever moving out of this house, unless we retire back to our home town and to a single story house when it gets harder to get around. But Hubby and I will be old and grey by then. I absolutely love our home. Could not possibly be happier with it.

Post # 36
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

mrshomemaker:  PM me your blog! That’s amazing! I lived in a 700 sq ft apartment, one bedroom and that was decent sized for just starting out. I know NYC is a very interesting place for living situations, though!

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - San Clemente Church, Italy

sassy411:  I did the same exact thing when escaped mine! Bought a foreclosed condo cash and it appreciated the same way and Sanctuary was the word I always used to describe it! I felt so weird renting out my little baby house. I’m still in love with that place. It would break my heart to have to sell it one day..

Current Home :Single Family

Sq Ft.: 5 bdr, 3.5 baths, 5k sq ft :.

How we use it: Our entire family live outside of Florida in COLD weather so we have lots of out of town guests because everyone wants to get a break from the cold and thaw out in the Florida sun. We regularly use 3 of our guest rooms for these visits, the Master Suite is for hubby and me and the other bedroom has been turned into my “Woman Cave” –make up room, handbag display, just a feminine wonderland.

Favorite Parts: The open water view, pool and screened in cage (for bugs and alligators..lol) we use this for our parrot Crash to fly freely everyday and pretend he’s in the wild. Hubby built swings, hanging toys and just a cool aviary for my baby bird.

Dislikes: Tons of small children everywhere…who even play hockey in the middle of the street, blocking traffic, young couples with SAH moms with lots of children, so relating/building friendships is hard. I want something a little more modern and urban with more child free couples like us.

Forever?: No, it’s a two story and we’d like one level, fewer, bigger bedrooms, bigger master suite and maybe not so many yelling, screaming kids. Also, it’s very suburban and traditional and my style is more modern and sleek and it would be great for each bedroom to have its own en suite bath For our visiting friends and family. We will put it on the market sometime next year.

 

Post # 38
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

What type of home do you live in?

We live in a condo.

How many square footage do you have (or how many beds/baths)? 

Now we have 800, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths… And an almost 300 sq ft balcony. We just moved from 650 square feet, 1 bedroom, 1 bath.. And a small balc.

Do you feel it’s too big/small/just enough? 

This space is perfect for us and our dog. Its nice having 2 bathrooms for obvious reasons (also our tub is big enough to have a bath in now..) and having a second bedroom is perfect.. My husbands suits live in there and we can actually have guests sleep over like adults instead of crashing on our couch/ floor.

How long do you plan on staying in your current home? Do you plan to downsize or upgrade?

We just moved in.. So at least 5 years.. Although if the right place came along, we’d be down to consider moving.. We’re really after a hard loft with a terrace in a desirable area.

 

Post # 39
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

mrshomemaker:  I’m with you… I like a small space. We live in 800 sq ft now and it feels SO big to us! Although, storage is def challenging.. I love cooking and a large pantry is a longterm goal of mine, haha.

I’d also love to see your blog!

Post # 40
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

We purchased our current (and first) home with the notion that this would be a temporary “starter” house for about 5 years while I get my PhD. Afterwards, finding a job will necessitate a move anyways. We live in the midwest, where COL is low and housing is cheap. 

We have a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath on a half acre lot with a finished basement and walk-out patio. We also have a gorgeous sunroom situated exactly in the woods. I think we’re right around 1800 sq ft. We turned our master suite into the office actually – because I work from home and we spend most of our time in the office. We have 2 guest bedrooms. Our actual bedroom was set up in the finished basement (that also has a bathroom and sliding doors to a walk out patio – and fireplace) so it kind of worked out better as our master to accomdate our massive furniture.

I don’t think this house is “too big” for us. I love having ample guest bedrooms and our mother’s have each “claimed” a room. I think it’s cute.

Post # 41
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Bumble bee

KC-2722:  Just PM’d you the link! Yay for small spaces!

Post # 43
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

We were on the fence when we purchased our house (still are) so we purchased a 2500 square foot house with 4 bedrooms/2.5 baths. When we originally purchased we figured we would sell it if we decided not to have kids (which we are both leaning towards), however, we’ve been putting a lot of work into it and love having the space for overnight guests and company so maybe we’ll end up staying there.

I do find it a little too large on occasion since two of the bedrooms are only used when visitors stay overnight, however, if we were to move to a smaller house we would look for 3 bedrooms so it doesn’t seem worthwhile to move. Our dining room is also completely empty at this point but once we have a table in there we will probably just have company over more often 🙂

There is a small chance we will move if we don’t have kids, however, at this point we will probably just stay there for as long as we live in our current state.

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We were renting a townhome in a great area in Sacramento, CA – it was 1500 sq feet with 3 beds and 2.5 baths. Just me and my husband – we used one of the bedrooms as an office and the other as a guest bedroom. Downstairs, we had a living room area and a kitchen and dining room (no eat-in kitchen area, just the dining area). It was enough space for the two of us, but the layout wasn’t the most effective, and it wasn’t easy to have visitors or to entertain – we could host a couple, but not more than that, and we definitely didn’t have room for a small gathering or celebration of any kind. We lived there for about two years (and another two years before that in a very similarly-sized condo).

So, when we were in the market to buy in Denver, CO, we were looking for something bigger – and especially because this house COULD be one we have children in, and because we’d really like to do more entertaining with bigger groups! Our new house (we close on Friday!) is much more space than we need, but all the more exciting and inspiring for hosting people – it’s a single-family home, 2686 finished sq feet/over 3000 unfinished, 4 beds, 3 baths. Right now it seems like it’s probably too big, but I think we can handle it – and I might change my mind once I’m actually in the home! Not sure how long we’ll be there – I guess it just depends where career, family, etc. takes us, but we do have enough room there to have a family and still have plenty of space if we wanted to!

Post # 45
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Helper bee

submart:  Hey, I’m not fully CFBC, more like weighing my options at this point, but I don’t have kids.

My SO and I currently don’t live together, but will be moving in together in about a month. We’re both living in apartments right now–mine is a studio and his is a 2 bed/2 bath. We’re moving into a 1 bed/1 bath together. We currently spend the majority of our time in my studio, which is smaller than the 1 bed/1 bath (I think it’s around 300sqft), and that is working fine in the current situation, so I am confident that the 1 bed/1 bath will be a perfect upgrade for us. We’re students in a big city, so we can’t afford to rent something huge.

I think in our ideal CFBC situation, we’d have a 3 bed/2.5 bath either apartment or house or condo. I say this because this would give both of us space to have an office and those offices could also double as space for guests, which is something that I feel is important for us. We love hosting friends and family to come to our city, and it’d be nice to be able to host two to even three groups at once. Additionally, with a 2.5 bath we would have enough bathrooms for everyone when a multiple guest situation would arise.

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