- 3 years ago
We are debating between sucking it up and settling for a house with tiny bedrooms (specifically the master and livingroom, the others we don’t care), or get a manufactured home because it has so much more space.
Reality has struck me and it makes me feel like I have been spoiled living in a manufactured house because of the size of the rooms. They’re not huge at all, but enough space for a queen/king bed and a vanity or dresser with an average walking space. My SO and I have been house hunting, and it’s been dissapointing so far.
All the houses we have seen have really small rooms. I was prepared for smaller rooms and I felt OK with that, I did not care for them to be the size of the one I have now even though it’s not huge, but I didn’t think they could be THIS small. At the most I thought if it had really small rooms that a larger livingroom would make up for it, or vise versa. But no. And there’s really no difference between the master and the rest of the rooms except that it has a small bathroom as well. I don’t want luxury, I’ve never lived in a luxurious house, but I never knew rooms would be that small. They’re so small that only a queen bed would fit and that would already be a tight space, it would need to be in a corner against the wall to have more walking space on the other side of the room to get to the closet. Our realtor says all the houses we will look at in our price range will have this size rooms (our max is $330k). We have looked at manufactured homes and they all have larger rooms on the same land size. The livingrooms of the houses we have seen are the same room as the bedrooms, so I could see one 4 person sofa fitting and maybe a side chair, but more than that would create a very tight walking space from the door to the kitchen.
I’m just worried that it will feel like sleeping in a dorm with such small and low ceiling rooms, and that it will get really hot in there (they have small windows but I don’t see us ever leaving those open at night because of outside noise and I’m a light sleeper). I get we are mostly buying the priviledge of OWNING, but I worry we will find ourself unhappy afterwards when we’re all settled in because we’ll feel like we’re living in a small apartment with that indoor space.
Does your home have really small rooms? How is it working for you and you regret purchasing such home?
Should we settle? Basically our only two options are
1. Manufactured home with good indoor space, high ceilings, and average to medium backyard (btw we own the land for the manufactured homes here, no HOA and no land rent). Cons are not many come with a garage, and there is not a lot of equity gain on them. Pros are they are in fairly quiet, clean, and safe neighborhoods.
2. House with really small rooms, low ceilings, average to small backyard, and 1 car garage. Pros are there’s an estimated 12% yearly equity gain. Cons are, besides the size, neighborhood is not the best; a lot of street parked cars, sometimes robberies, can get loud on weekends.