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View Poll Results: How Big Is Your House?
less than 500 sf 3 1.26%
500 to 749 sf 2 0.84%
750 to 999 sf 6 2.51%
1000 to 1499 sf 53 22.18%
1500 to 1999 sf 61 25.52%
2000 to 2499 sf 39 16.32%
2500 to 2999 sf 32 13.39%
3000 to 3999 sf 30 12.55%
4000+ sf 13 5.44%
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:37 PM   #21
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Current house: 2500 sqft for 2 people and 2 cats (when we adopted our 2 cats, we were contractually required to provide them with a minimum of 2500 sqft of indoors space, so we barely qualified ).

The house comprises 1 large kitchen, 1 large family room, 1 dining room, 1 library, 4 bedrooms (master, guest, 2 offices) and 2.5 bathrooms. On a day-to-day basis, we only use the kitchen, living room, master bedroom, 1 bathroom and 1 office. So about half the house is wasted space.

I lived in homes with square footages ranging from ~160 sqft to ~2500 sqft, and I definitely prefer homes that are smaller (less cleaning, less maintenance, less room to accumulate stuff, smaller holding costs).
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:37 PM   #22
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Ours is 2450 sq. feet and is fine for me and my husband and three pets. We have to have something this size, because my daughter's family with the 5 grandchildren come visit about twice a month for a night or two. They live about 90 miles away and come up here to shop, etc. I can't see us moving, unless something happens to one of us. Then maybe.
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Perfect size home for me, 1200 sq feet with 2 br and 1 bath. But in a poor location. Will eventually sell it and move on.
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:53 PM   #24
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My house is 1500 sf with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and an attached double car garage. It's all on one level and I really like my area of town and expect to stay here as long as possible.
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:56 PM   #25
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Mine is a little less than 1600 square feet (3 BR, 2 bath, one story, no garage, early 1970's vintage). For one person, that might seem a little large, and it previously belonged to a family of four.

I really don't use the guest bedroom at all, and almost never go in there. Still, it is nice to know that I have the extra space if I need it for something someday.

My house isn't too much for me to keep up with, and the energy bills are reasonable. Even though I don't need all that space, I am happy with it for now.

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McMansions are large homes that extend almost to the edges of their yards and practically butt up against each other.
OK, then maybe I live in a McMansion! Lots in my neighborhood are 50'x100'. The distance from my house to the edge of the lot is about 8'.
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:15 PM   #26
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3,000 square feet. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, formal living room and dining room, den with fireplace, separate study with fireplace, laundry room, large front porch, large screened back porch, 2 car enclosed garage. everything is on one level, which is good for the physically impaired.

We're on acreage, so we are not too close to our neighbors.
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:16 PM   #27
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I have a 2400 sf home 4 br 2 1/2 ba plus a 2 car garage attached that I have been in for 25 years. I live her with my son who will be off to college next year. It is too big for daily needs, however, the thought of having to do something with 25 years of stuff being accumulated makes it easier to stay.
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:08 PM   #28
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1152 SF one bath, 3 bedrooms, unfinished basement, no garage. 1970 tract home - the kind they raised families in back then. Should be 864 SF plus garage but it became a room addition somewhere in the past.

Currently one person, two dogs and a cat.

heh heh heh - thinking of downsizing. Or finding a nice garage with a house attached.
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:24 PM   #29
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1950 sq. foot 2-story home built in 2004. It has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, EIK with small den, and a vaulted ceiling great room which houses the dining room and living room. Two car integral garage, small utility room, no basement.

I am one person with a small dog. I really only make use of one bedroom, 1.5 baths and the EIK and den. The great room is just a pass through space, only used about once a year when I have a group over. Two bedrooms are giant walk-in closets for my burgeoning purse, shoe, clothing collection.

I do park my two cars in the garage, hate to have a car sitting out.

I think a one bedroom condo in some great location will be my final home.
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Being single I don't need more than what I have. It's around 1400 I think. That would mean more cleaning! It's really dusty up here. Each cat has their own room. That's enough!
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2715 sf living space w/3car garage for me, one car, and pets. I don't use most of it except when I have visitors which I enjoy. No plans to downsize soon.

Considering these improvements:
1. Basement finishes - spa, theater, gym, indoor pool (I don't do public pools)
2. Elevator for 3 levels
3. Terrace off 2nd level bedroom
4. Sunroom

I don't plan to recoup any investments but just want to enjoy my home and possibly move in my mother. I like my neighborhood.
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Current abode = 2040.

Soon to be abode = 1250.

Downsizing baby!
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1450 sf, 3 br, 2 ba, attached garage, 200 sf screened porch on lakeside. The spare bedrooms and bath are rarely used so would do fine with approx 1000 sf (since it is just me and the pup).
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:50 PM   #34
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A big house is costly in so many ways. Taxes, upkeep, maintenance are higher. The space invites some to buy more stuff and fill it up (like someone close to me).

The only problem with a small house is it sometimes is too small for 2 people. DW and I get along much better when we have our space...
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Studio apartment in a co-op complex. One large L-shaped room, small kitchen, bathroom, a few closets, ~625 square feet. Moved here 22 years ago. Single, no kids, no pets.
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About 3,500 sf. Can't remember the last time I was in our living room. Last time in the dining room was Thanksgiving. I would like to downsize (DW does not), but I like our location.
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Wow Midpack hot thread!
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:53 PM   #38
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My home is big enough
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