Does your home have a small master bedroom? (and rooms in general)

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

bellanotte11:  My Fiance and I closed on our home in January. It’s over 100 years old so the bedrooms are smaller than your newer homes. We chose the largest of the three bedrooms for our master and we have a queen sized bed, two small night stands on either side, and two small dressers. I also have a mirror/jewelry chest that stands against a wall. We can’t fit anything else in there, and we do want new furniture. 

Fortunately, this is not our forever home. It’s a double and we live in the upper and rent out the lower. So knowing that this is only temporary has made the small bedrooms tolerable. And the fact that the rest of our home is incredibly spacious and open also helps because we spend most of our time in the kitchen and family room. If you’re looking for your forever home, I would opt for the one that you’ll be happiest with. For me, that would mean larger bedrooms. I’m not a fan of manufactured homes; my dad and stepmother have lived in one for a while now. But if you’re okay with that style of home then go for it!  

Post # 17
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Your pros/cons list about the two options says it all. Get the manufactured home.  If it was just bedroom size it would be one thing – how much time do you spend in one anyway, while awake?  But if even the other living spaces are small, it’s gonna get old fast.  Our house has a small bedroom and we’re already daydreaming about the day we tear the wall out between it and the equally small dining room to make one large, bright dining room.  Better to not have to remodel in the long run.  Also better to live in a safer, more peaceful neighborhood, don’t you think?

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

_blackbird_:  Yes, I’d like to know too. I’ve never heard the term before, but I haven’t been house hunting in a long time.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Manufactured home = mobile home = single wide or double wide (I’m assuming the OP is looking at double, or even triple wides).

I understand the desire for more space, but they are not a good investment.  If you ever need to move, you will almost always get more for a stick built house.

Have you considered looking at modular homes?  They maintain their value just like stick built homes, but they are cheaper, and quicker to build.  Honestly, that is the route I would go if I were you (if you have the land already).

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

What about a condo or a town house? You are right to have reservations about manufactured homes from an investment perspective and it sounds like there aren’t many desirable single family homes abailable at your price point. Some condos/townhouses are extremely spacious and have great floor plans. You could also potentially rent the unit down the road if you are in a better position financially and decide to move on to a SF

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We looked for over a year before we bought a place, because some things were non-negotiable. One of those things was living area size (bedroom size was not as important to us, because we just go there to sleep). We entertain a lot, mostly watching sports, and the space for guests was important. I guess my point is, everyone has different must-haves for their homes. What’s important to me may not be important to you and vice versa. We didn’t buy until we had everything on our “must have” list, vs our “want” list. 

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

bellanotte11:  also, don’t count on the SF home increasing in value by 12% each year- especially if it is in a not particularly desirable neighborhood. The housing market was recovering for a few years and has been really robust recently. With the exception of a few hot areas, eventually that will slow down….maybe as soon as interest rates go up. 

Post # 24
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Bumble bee

I bing searched manufactured home and it says “mobile home.” 

My brother and his wife purchases a mobile home, and I was suprised by how large it was inside. I personally wasn’t used to it so I don’t think I liked it too much.

I would personally keep looking, see if another realtor has more options to show you. 

Where do you live?

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have a small bedroom…but to me it’s reeeeally important to have enough space that I don’t have to have my bed in a corner. I like to be able to access it from either side since it makes cleaning the room and changing the sheets easier, as well as making the bed. If the room is too small for that, then it’s too small.

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

MelissainNC:  Thank you! Now I get it. 

OP, sounds like you’re leaning toward a manufactured home. But from an investment standpoint I’d do the smaller roomed house and knock out walls. Have you looked in other areas? Your choices seem very limited, perhaps you should broaden your search criteria (ex: include homes further away) I know that when we looked at houses, older homes had smaller rooms and closets. 

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Post # 27
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Helper bee

ladyvictoria:  Not to thread jack but have you had any major problems owning a 100 year old home? I know all homes have maintance costs but are they much more expensive/frequent with being 100 yrs old? We are looking for a house, many are 100 yrs old. I did not grow up in the area, so its a foreign concept to me. We have a great home inspector ready but not sure what to expect.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

marriedbeeexpecting:  I know you didn’t ask me, but I will answer based on my experience.  The first house I ever I bought was a 100+ year old house.  It was….charming.  It had great door and window moulding that was actually a little uneven to the ceiling given that it was literally stick / hand built, but you didn’t really notice it unless you looked really closely (I didn’t see it until I has hanging the blinds and couldn’t figure out why they never looked perfectly even – lol).  It also had a HUGE double sided stone fireplace that was phenonmenal.  We did have one major issue, but we could have had that same issue with any house — the water heater had a “hidden” leak that rotted out part of the floor, and we didn’t find it until the floor started to actually sag.  The thing that made repairing the old house different from a newer house was that the foundation was literally made up of old, huge logs – not 2x4s, or any other “modern,” standard size building material.  So replacing that section of the floor was a little tricky, and maybe a little more expensive than it otherwise would have been.  But I found that the charm and personality of the house made it worth it.

Having said that, I actually had the opposite problem with regard to room size – the entire house consisted of only four rooms, but they were huge.  And of course there was very little closet space.  I would have actually preferred to have an extra room or two, and thought about building a few walls, but chose to move instead, only because my daughter was entering high school at that point and I wanted to be in a better school district.  

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor

bellanotte11:  We rent a manufactured house so I totally know what you are talking about- Our master bedroom is pretty big, master bath medium/large, and even our second bedroom is a decent size (it’s an office/soon to also be a nursery) living area is nice and open, celings are light and airy. Our house is newish (2009 maybe?) but everything in it was builder-grade so we do have some quality control stuff to deal with. If you find a manufactured house with higher quality finishing or are able to put some work into it you will probably be very happy! You can also look into adding a detached garage. We have a carport and it is ok, but we also have a storage shed and probably need another.

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