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Old 07-29-2008, 08:44 AM   #41
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We have 2500sq ft with 3BR, 2 1/2 baths, gameroom and pool. DW and I and our 6 mo old puppy live alone since DS moved into his own apt. At some point we will downsize to a one story without pool for our "golden years". I am at risk for a recurrence of my cancer so any move is down the road.

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Old 07-29-2008, 08:54 AM   #42
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I currently have 2800 sq.feet and two car plus boat garage . I would eventualy like to sell and get a 1800 to 2000 sq.foot home. My house is three levels so there is a lot of upkeep . The strange thing is my house in New Jersey was only 1600 sq. feet but it felt larger .
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Dog or cats or all 3? And why? Wife got cats, and dog is your?
I should have been more clear. Yes, the cats belong to my wife. The dog is "ours" but only listens to me, and I do all the feeding, walking, grooming, ball throwing, and ear scratching. My wife knows better than to ask who I like the most.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:30 AM   #44
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1,200 sq feet. Actually it's my Aunt's house but I will inherit it. She lives with my Mom. Plenty big for me and the mutt.
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BTW, anyone know how much living space is in 40' monohull sailboat?
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Typically I would say less than 300 sq feet (not counting cockpit/deck space)
With a wide sailing catamaran up to 500 sq ft.
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Old 07-29-2008, 01:12 PM   #46
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1750 + 2 car garage, deck, etc. perfect size for us 2.
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A little less than 1000 s f with one person and one cat. Way too big with too much stuff. Would love to tear it down and replace with a smaller and more efficient place.
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A little less than 1000 s f with one person and one cat. Way too big with too much stuff. Would love to tear it down and replace with a smaller and more efficient place.
I often wonder if this would work for me. My wife wouldn't have any of it though.

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PS. I would still need a 2-car garage, not for car, but for a workshop. Wait, if I have such a tiny house, what would I need a workshop for?
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I could build one of those a lot cheaper that $45k...
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I thought so too.

Aren't those interesting? It makes you realize that a person doesn't need a whole lot. The problem is I'd like to put a tiny house like that in a nice location. Most often, the deeds or CCR would specify that you've got to build no smaller than 2500 sqft or such.
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Old 07-29-2008, 06:29 PM   #51
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Also intrigued by those tiny places and aghast at $45k price tag.

Better yet, so-called Katrina Cottages (conceived to replace FEMA trailers). One architect has the plans for sale & materials provided by Lowes. $55 a sq ft-ish for materials.

Some nice plans, actually.

Cusato Cottages: Katrina Cottage Plans....
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Old 07-29-2008, 06:56 PM   #52
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3300 sq w/ a detached 1100 sq guest house - also 2 car attached garage, 24x16 work shop and a 20x20 detached garage behind the guest house.
We have plenty of friends and family come and stay w/ us - we stock the GH w/ coffee, milk, bagels, cereral etc - so we have time to hang out in the morning & get ready for company again - lunch and dinner are always fun w/ company - breakfast.....not so much.
We own the 6 acres next to our current home and plan to build a smaller/easier home to take care of in the future - prob in 10-12 years when we get into our sixties.
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:03 PM   #53
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24 year old 784 sq ft. mobile home on 2.5 acres, just outside of town.

My dream is to move up to a 3 axle home
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1300 sf ranch, 400 sf finished area in basement...looking to get crowded as the kids grow up
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Our home is larger than we need. We will downsize. We are thinking about a 1600 - 1800 sq ft ranch.
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I didn't answer at first since I'm not retired, but I'll chime in to say that we live in a 20x35' room... and we'll be building a 1100-1400 sq ft house sometime in the next few years.
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We're now retired & recently completed a 1400sqft cabin in the woods. it's very well insulated & has a wood burning stove for heat.It's plenty of room for the two of us .Has low upkeep & low property taxes.We're with you Jeb. Keep it simple.
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Wolfbay: Will you have Internet? How far to get grocery? Nearby public library? I am curious because although we need no access to shopping malls, movie theaters, restaurants, etc..., we would still need some contacts to the outside world, and some recreation.
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Old 07-30-2008, 05:46 PM   #59
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NW-BOUND- We live in NW Florida & are 2 miles from a small town with library, restaurants, Walmart etc .& have internet. When we're at our place you feel like you're way out in the woods ,but we're really not that isolated.
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Thanks for participating, I think we got a good idea about the space needs now.

The answer probably is around 1750 to 2000 sqft minimal maintenance house with 3 bed 2 bath & 2 car garage on a 1/4 acre lot, with no pool but close to a community pool for the future grand kids.

It will need to be close to a busy & social place, as now we live in a lonely subdivision in Fl, where we see an occasional jogger, & the rest hide in their houses.
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