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
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.
Post # 21
SQ Footage: 1542
Addional space like basement or 3 season room: finished basement
Layout type (open concept or formal living, dining, etc. rooms): not open concept, but see through
What is one or a few things you love about your home & what are one or a few things that bother you about your home? I love the old details. The house was built in the 1890s. It’s fully renovated. Has skylights across the second story. The stairs are the worst part. I’ve fallen down them a few times.
One bedroom is our master. One is our office/my crafting sanctuary. The third is the guest room. We also have a large landing at the top of the stairs where we have a TV and game console.
Theoretically, we could rent out the basement if we wanted to. I truly dislike the laundry being in the basement. We’re working on getting bids for renovations to it.
Post # 22
SQ Footage: not 100% sure but around 1,000/1,200
Addional space like basement or 3 season room: We have an attic that my cat stays in when she can’t be supervised (she will pee in the house otherwise and is always trying to eat my husband’s cat’s food). The attic is unfinished, and she has 4 litter boxes up there because she’s ridiculous. We also have a two car garage and a driveway that can fit 3 cars. We store a lot of our outdoor adventure gear in the garage and our teardrop trailer.
Bedrooms: 2 small ones. One that we use as a bedroom, one that is our office/library/my husband’s sewing area
Bathrooms: Just 1. Also small
Layout type (open concept or formal living, dining, etc. rooms): More formal although the living room and kitchen aren’t super separated. There’s no door, and we can easily have conversations while in the two different rooms
What is one or a few things you love about your home & what are one or a few things that bother you about your home? I LOVE our kitchen, and I’m about to love it even more because we’re doing a remodel that starts this Monday: new countertops and mellow backsplash, a new sink, painting (yellow and white instead of the beige it is now), and we already got new handles on our cupboards and a new dishwasher. It’s a really good size for how small our house is and has tons of room for two people to cook. I also love our living room because it’s always clean and very simple. I love that my husband loves cleaning and likes an uncluttered house.
But, for wherever we end up next, I want a much bigger bathroom and/or two bathrooms. We don’t have much sink space (only an inch or so on each side). I don’t have a big makeup routine or anything, but really any amount of getting ready with no sink space is challenging.
Pic of our living room area. Last summer my husband put in these floors, and we painted the walls which used to be green.
Post # 23
Our first house (pre-child, when we were still undecided) was two story, 2550sqft, 3 bed, 2.5 bath, plus bonus room (could have been counted as a bedroom we used as a media room). We also were an a half acre lot so we had a huge backyard.
It was open concept with the living room, kitchen, and eat-in area all flowing together. Additionally we had a formal dining room and my office also downstairs. Our master was downstairs, upstairs were two bedrooms & bathroom (both set up as guest rooms), the media/bonus room, and laundry room.
We bought that house pre-engagement & marriage, thinking we’d stay around 5 years, and lived in it almost 10 years just us and our two dogs before selling. I’m sure plenty of people felt it was excessive for just two people but we really did love that house. We entertain a lot, host all the family holidays, and always had a constant stream of house guests (part of that is because we live in a resort area).
We loved the open concept and the style of the home. We weren’t looking for any particular square footage, but rather a specific style of home (traditional, cape, country…aka: two story with front porch, dormers, etc). At the time we were buying there wasn’t a lot of inventory and it was the height of the market and everything available that fit that style was all well over 2000sqft.
The #1 thing I hated about that home was the master being directly off the living space (kitchen). I HATED not being able to keep our bedroom door open when we had house guests (to allow the dogs to come in and out) so I could freely walk around our bedroom/bathroom while getting dressed. I also wasn’t a fan of the location of my home-office being an interior room. When we bought a lot in our dream neighborhood and had our house plans drawn up the entire thing hinged on a private master bedroom, down a hallway. Wouldn’t you know that building prices skyrocketed so we put our plans on hold and bought a house in the same neighborhood. Wouldn’t you know literally EVERY.SINGLE.THING. I hated about our old house are all the same things wrong with our current house. Aside from our killer lot/view, I’d say even more is wrong with the new house. 🤦♀️
Post # 24
- Wedding: April 2021 - City, State
Wow, I am looking at all of your houses and mine is tiny compared to everyone else’s! Not sure the square footage, but It is a cute 2 bedroom one bath house with a living room, smallish kitchen, and a garage in the backyard for storage. It also has a deck to sit outside at and the yard is fenced and is a decent size. We sleep in the master bedroom while the other smaller bedroom is used as a game room.
We like the house and it is a perfect for the two of us. If we had kids, we wouldn’t be able to live in it so easily.