Saturday, February 2, 2019

Size Matters



While we are talking about houses, let's consider a very important decision about a new home: the size of the house.




When we were first married, we lived in a small one bedroom apartment. After a year, we moved to another one bedroom apartment closer to our work.  The following year, when we realized that our family was growing, we moved into a two bedroom apartment.

The twins were born and we decided to rent a house with some good friends of ours.  Their family grew with the birth of their first daughter and they decided to move into her mother's house.  We rented a two bedroom townhouse.

A year later, we rented a small home with three bedrooms because we now had three daughters.  The twins had one bedroom, the baby had one bedroom, and we had the master bedroom.  Then our son was born.  We moved the twins into the master bedroom, and the baby boy moved into the twins' old bedroom.  My husband and I slept on the living room floor.

This was all in Southern California.

And then we moved to Northern New Jersey.  The children were 8,8, 3, and 1 years old.  We rented a nice big house and were quite happy there.  Sadly, the owners wanted to sell the house so we moved to the only house we could find - a very sad little house.

A year later...  we bought our first home.

We were so excited to finally become homeowners.  It was a sweet Colonial house that was about 1800 square feet.  We were snug as bugs until everyone started growing up and growing bigger.  We built an addition onto the house with a large master bedroom and a huge gathering room.  Our home grew to 2600 square feet.   I love our first home.  We lived there 20+ years.

And then we moved to North Carolina.

For the first year, we lived in an apartment.  We wanted to explore NC to decided where exactly we wanted to live.  And then we found this beautiful cottage in the woods and here we are today.

We originally were looking for a smaller house than we had in NJ but all the small ones we saw needed a LOT of work.  So we ended up with a home that is 3600 square feet.  Plenty big for visiting family and friends.

Now that we are looking at houses AGAIN, we hope to find something in the 1800 - 2800 square foot range.  Let's cross our fingers!

What size home do your prefer?

14 comments:

  1. Good luck with your house hunt. I'm a big fan of small, cozy spaces. When I was a kid and we moved into a new house my sister and I actually fought over who got the smaller room. I won and I never regretted it! I still love small spaces today.

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    1. Hi Angela. Nice to meet you! Thank you for visiting and commenting too. I prefer small spaces too! We have a lot of stuff (married 38 years) that we are trying to go through and downsize.

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  2. The condo I live in now is nearly 1400 square feet and is the largest I have ever had, though my Husband had a Dutch Colonial house in mid-North NJ (he says it's the bottom of top third) and that was bigger (had a full bath on main floor, + full bath on second floor + 4 bedrooms. It was really nice but he changed jobs and the commute to NYC was too much so he sold the house over 6 months before we got married... I saw it when I first visited NJ to see him (he came to me first when I lived in Ottawa ON Canada) ... so he had to downsize a lot.... I know if we ever moved and got a bigger place, we would accumulate more, so in some ways it is a good idea for us to stay at the size we have now :)... I am so thankful for our home, though it would not work for when we are elderly as there is no elevator and we have a lot of steps outside and inside to go up before we are in our condo! :) God bless you in your search!

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    1. Elizabeth, it would be ideal if we found a house with a full bath downstairs but they are few and far between. Thank you!

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  3. Well I do enjoy our small house in Georgia. It is easy to keep neat and tidy. I also love the front porch. Living in a town house we do not have much outside space. Our townhouse is about 2400 square feet and that is a good size for us. Marvin has his man cave and I have my own areas so we can live happily together now that he is home 24/7.

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    1. Arlene, I understand exactly what you are saying! :-)

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  4. Hi Gina~

    I think the older I get, the less space I need. Right now, we have way more space than we need, and I know that day is quickly approaching when we will need to downsize and move to a smaller place. I had to giggle when I read that you slept on the living room floor! After we had our first child, we lived in a really small one bedroom home. We put my daughter in the bedroom and Bob and I slept on a hide-a-bed in the living room. We didn't think a thing about it, it was all a wonderful adventure!! I have to agree, love grows best in little houses!!

    Good luck in your search, I can't wait to see what you find!!

    Hugs and Love,
    Barb

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    1. Thanks, Barb. It will be interesting looking for a house. Our current house is too big and we have more room than we need. xo

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  5. Fingers are crossed for you, Gina. It can be hard to find the right thing but if you don't have a timetable you can bide your time and wait for the perfect thing!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your visits are always both welcome and so appreciated!

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    1. Jeanie, we don't currently have a timetable. I think the house will have to be just right to buy one now.

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  6. Our current home is between 1800 to 2000 square feet. While it is a bit larger than we currently need, it was built to accommodate wheelchairs, etc. if needed. I love the storage and openness of it.

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    1. Robin, that is so smart of you. My daughter is insistent that we buy a house with a first floor bedroom, full bath, and laundry room. Storage is an absolutely necessity!

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  7. We have always lived in base housing which hasn't been all that big but enough for us, we didn't buy our own home until we moved here because we knew that my hubby would probably retire here. This home is 1400 square feet and for the two of us it is just fine.

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    1. Connie, that is a wonderful size! And how much room do your crafts take up? :-)

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