Post # 16
We have almost 1300 sq feet in a post war bungalow with basement. 3 bed/2baths. Not open concept, but defined family room, dining and kitchen. No formal living room. Our house is pretty typical for our area, Small inner ring suburb with a nice, walkable downtown core. We are about to get proper bike lanes which is great.
Hate our “master” bathroom. I don’t like our street and I hate our deck & back yard.
For day to day living our sq footage is great. But it is difficult to entertain larger groups comfortably (8 is about the max without feeling cramped). I like our kitchen a lot and some of the architectural details of the house. We have beautiful natural light.
We are home shopping and I originally thought we’d like a house that my mom could move into with us some day (which would require maybe 2000-2200 square feet) but they just seem like SO much space for just the two of us in the meantime. This made me wonder what other child free people live in.
I’m thinking something around 1600 sq feet is our sweet spot. A house with a good layout will allow for comfortable entertaining. I prefer defined spaces over open concept so it needs to flow well. I’d love a fireplace, a sun room and a great master bath but no individual one is a dealbreaker. And then we’ll do an addition if and when the time comes that my mom needs to live with us.
Thanks for the replies so far, they do shed some light on the matter.
Post # 17
2500 square feet. 2.5 car garage. Massive back yard. Three bedrooms including master with bath and walk in closet. One bedroom is a guest room the other is office/guest room. We have another guest bed in the basement. Three bathrooms including the master.
Open concept main floor with normal sized kitchen, nice sized living room, a little reading nook, and a separate area that is the laundry room and garage entrance.
Upstairs is a big bonus room we have turned into a movie theater and the bedrooms.
It’s great for us because we have guests a lot and like to entertain. With my family being on the other side of the country it’s nice to be able to offer a nice place to stay when they visit. And we have lots of room for friends to sleep when we have parties.
Post # 18
2200 sqft 2-story with a loft and additional “office” type room. 3 bedroom and 2.5 bath. Open layout. One room is used as a gym that my husband never uses. I have plans to ask him to get rid of that someday… One room is a guestroom, and the third bedroom is used as an office.
I like that our home was brand new. We upgraded the floors, countertops & backsplash (kitchen & bathrooms), put in concrete, pavers, and artificial grass on the side yard, as well as a patio covering. I like that we live in a gated community to keep out some of the weirdos nearby.
I dislike the fact that we only have a side yard. My husband’s big dog takes up most of the small side yard. It would be nice if we could have our own private jacuzzi but I won’t bother while we have the dog. It’s also annoying that we don’t have a driveway and can only park in the garage. Downsides of a gated community…
I also hate where we live because it’s FAR from my work. I commute 50miles one way. But my workplace’s city is too expensive and old in terms of housing. I don’t plan to switch workplace due to my pension.
I have dreams of moving someday (10+ years) but it would have to be a house so I can have pets. The idea of a condo and shared walls bothers me.
Post # 19
- Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse
sassy411 : What part of California!? I am from the Midwest and loved growing up with a basement. I didn’t realize until I moved out here that hardly anyone has a basement 🙁
Post # 20
950 sq ft townhouse (end terrace).
2 bedroom, 1½ bathroom, open concept living aread; great big garage with room for outdoor toys.
Rent out a bedroom/ live with housemates, which is a huge help to offset my mortgage.