Post # 16
Homey is all in the layout and decorating. I think the bigger one won’t feel too big, the ceiling looks like it’s pretty standard (not vaulted) so it isn’t going to feel too big.
If you think the bigger house will be too much, but can afford the extra size, you could consider adding a triple car garage rather than a 2 car one onto the smaller house. You wouldn’t believe what a difference extra garage space makes!
Post # 17
To me anything under 3000sq ft is a standard/med size. Our house is almost 2400 but we don’t plan on having kids so for two people it is a good size (with kids I think it would be waay too small.)
Plus remember a house becomes a home when you personalize it. It is my personal preference, but builder grade wall colors and fixtures are too cookie cutter, so if you want to make it more homey I would personalize it.
Post # 18
Always go bigger if you can afford to. It is always better to have more space and have fun decorating than less space and feel cramped in a living room right off the bat. No brainer to me.
Post # 19
Growing up our house was under 3,000 sq feet and we were a family of 6. After a few years my parents decided to finish our third floor and made it almost 3,500 square feet. We still had my two brothers sharing a room, and every room was used regularly. 2,800 sq ft isn’t that big depending on the size of your family!
Post # 20
My husband and I live in a 650 square foot apartment in NYC. The only good thing about that is that no matter what size house we move into it will seem like a mansion. 2400 would be huge to us. Sounds like more than enough space to me. My husband had 2 parents and 3 siblings in a condo that was about 1200 square feet, 3 bedrooms. You can make anything work.
Post # 21
Beautiful!! Our house is 1100 sq ft, I’m a little nervous for when we have kids, but we already have plans for an extension. I LOVE you house. It looks ‘homey’ to me! Beautiful!!
Post # 22
mandanjoe: Wow, you guys must all live in mansions if you think 2200+ feet is NOT big! More to clean. I live in a small house, but don’t have kids (4 dogs). When I did have 4 (human) kids I lived in a 1600 sq/ft house.
Post # 23
It looks beautiful! My parents moved into a 4000 sqft home last year and at first when I thought it was big I realised it really wasn’t. It seems like a great deal 🙂
Post # 24
Definitely go big. 2800 sq/ft really is pretty standard sized for a family home. I think of square footage like diamond shrinkage…Always go bigger when given the choice. 😉
Post # 25
Go bigger. You can always use more room!
Post # 26
At $16/per foot for the bigger house I would absolutely go for it. Just keep in mind it’ll also affect your property tax. It still looks very homey to me… My parents’ house is well over 4000 and that still has a homey feel to be bc of the furniture and decorations.
We are also building and I feel if I’m going to go through the trouble, I’m going big enough where we will never out grow our house.
Post # 27
Go big. If you can afford it, do it. You’ll figure out something to do with the extra space.
Post # 28
RedWine13: Cool!! Have you decided how big you are going to go yet?
Post # 29
I would go for the 2800 sq ft house. It will seem bigger than what you want now (we have a 2000 sqft house and Darling Husband and I feel like we are rattling around in it) but you add two kids and a business and you will be looking for room. For 10,000K now, the resell alone per sq ft will probably be worth it.
Post # 30
My perspective is that – if you honestly don’t plan on using the space you probably don’t need it. Our house was wayyy tooo big for us (2400 sq feet with 3.5 bathrooms for two working professionals who are only home and awake between 8 pm – 11 pm Mon – Fri, and are usually out doing activities on the weekneds). I spent more time cleaning some of the rooms in the house than I actually spent enjoying them. We did buy the home with the intention of growing into it at some later date (have a family) – but after 2.5 years in the house (and with little intention of having kids anytime soon) – I’m so excited to move somewhere where all the space will be utilized.
That being said – it also depends on the market where you are building your house – just to understand if it makes sense and what it will do for re-sale value – are the houses in your neighborhood typically HUGE or small, will ppl be willing to pay for the additional square footage – or will people completely disregard your house when they are looking to buy because it’s “too small” for the neighborhood?