(Closed) How big was your first home?

posted 9 years ago in Home
Post # 17
11324 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

We just bought our first home 2 years ago and it is about 2600 square feet. Which is 4 bed, 2.5 bath, and has a dining room and man cave. 

I honestly can’t think of any reason we’d ever need a bigger house. Even with kids this place seems more than big enough, which was kind of the plan. Given the scary housing market we really didn’t want to buy a starter home and then want to move in 5  years and potentially lose money on our house– so we picked a house that we knew we could be happy in for at LEAST 10 years. And really, I could see us retiring here. 

Thats not to say we’ll never move. I think it might be kind of fun to do a custom built house at some point (this place was new but had limited options for what could be done) so that everything would be just exactly the way we wanted it. But we’d only do that if we could really afford it. 

Post # 18
1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

LOL mine is 518sqFT. It’s a studio condo. With a bathroom smaller than I don’t know what.

Post # 19
5009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

GOSH! Most of your houses are enormous compared to ours. We have around 1000sqft and that’s three bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms, a decent sized kitchen and (what is to us) a big sitting/dining room.

Post # 20
2977 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Our first home is 1,552 sq. ft. It’s actually a townhouse in a brand new community that they’re still building, so it’s cool to see the neighborhood grow. Believe it or not, it’s NOT noisy! No jackhammers at 6am or anything. 

It has 2 full baths and 1 half bath, 3 bedrooms (one’s an office and one is a makeshift “man cave”) a big living room and kitchen, and a utility room downstairs on ground level. 

It’s only downfalls are that it would be extremely tight if we had a baby here since there is no place to stash computer desks and very expensive high end audio equipment that would be dangerous for a child to be around. Also if you can imagine a completely blank slate. White EVERYTHING. No character or charm to the house whatsoever. We had to swap out the light fixtures, paint, add crown moulding, etc. We’ll probably live here about 4-5 years. 

Post # 21
7581 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I bought my first place by myself. It was 1600sq ft. I had 2 roomates and it was plenty big enough for us. 

DH and I are looking for a forever home now and are looking for something between 2-3,000sq ft. We already have one child and one on the way though, so the space is needed now! 

Post # 22
550 posts
Busy bee

DH and I bought a 4400 sq ft home on about half an acre. We hated the process and decided, barring any job changes, we never wanted to move again so we bought a forever home. 

Post # 23
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

ours is tiny!  less than 1000 square feet

we hope to add a garage in the spring, and that will help. 

Post # 25
13094 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

DH and I are starting house hunting now for our first home.  We’re hoping to find something with at least 2200 – 2600 sq. ft.  We plan to be in this home for at least the next 8 years or so and should have a couple of kids by that time.  So we want to make sure we’ll have room for our expanding family and our dog.

Post # 26
6593 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our first is 1507sq. ft. We are still in it. We are planning on moving cities in a year but we will probably find something of similar size until we have 2 children and are busting out of this size!

Post # 27
3942 posts
Honey bee

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@tranquility: 3 bedroom/1 bath is a great size for your first home! That is what we have, and it’s the prefect size for us. Actually, it’s just the two of us so we have 2 bedrooms that we don’t even use! We’ve been here for 2 years, and plan to stay another 5-7 years. We figure when we add a couple of kids it will probably be a tight squeeze, but it’s perfect right now.

Post # 28
4884 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

This is our first home together and is 1700sq ft with 3br, 2.5ba, basement, and a really gorgeous yard with huge trees (can’t see the neighbors!), and a little forest with 2 ravines in the back yard.   Oh, and we have a pool, but that’s probably getting ripped out soon – just don’t use it enough.  And I have a craft cave in the basement  <3


I love the area we live in, and I love our neighborhood (for the most part), but this is definitely not our Forever Home.  I think our next digs will be out west in Colorado on at least an acre in some amazing house in the mountains.  Fiance likes space, I like charm (and scenery), and we don’t want kids so size isn’t a factor.  I can’t wait 🙂

Post # 28
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Mine (which I bought while still single) is 1100 with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths on the main floor but with a full basement that extends the length of the house, so really it feels like 2200. With my Fiance, a dog, and 2 kids though it definitely feels like a full house! I worked so hard to get into this house before I met my Fiance and with the looming wedding budget I never want to leave! lol But with the market the way it is, it will be worth twice what I paid so we’ll see:)

Post # 29
4383 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Ours is 1600 sq ft. Plus about 300 of finished space in the basement and a 1 car garage. We figure we could be comfortable until we have a second child (right now it’s just me, DH, and our dog).

Post # 30
7309 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

My first home was 900 square feet, excluding the unfinished basement. It was the perfect size for 2 people (myself and DS) and 2 cats. Our current home (a rental) is 2500 square feet, and it is a good size for Mr. LK, DS, myself, and our 2 cats. Our forever home, which we are in the market for now, will be in the 2500-3000 square foot range with a massive yard because we plan to add 2 dogs to the family.

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