Sunday, June 15, 2008

How big a house do you need?

This house issue is a touchy subject. I don't want to insult folks who have a large house, but sometimes I wonder about peoples' choices. For example, quite often people do a renovation, building a large kitchen and family room/great room, and then they no longer use the dining room and living room, or maybe just rarely, for special occasions. Does this make sense?

Don't get me wrong -- I'd love have more space -- but we pretty much use every inch of our little house. The dining room is where we eat, where we read, where homework gets done, bills get paid, things get discussed, etc. The living room used to be J's playroom when he was little -- now it's A's "office" and he works on his computer there, and we often sit there to read or play a game. The TV "room," if you can call it a room, is used quite a bit. Upstairs, there are 3 bedrooms. We use 2 of them as bedrooms, and then the third is a) the guest room b) the computer room, and c) the sewing room.

I was recently at a get-together at one of the largest houses I've ever been in. Really. I'm not exaggerating. I think the kitchen was as long as the length of my entire house. I just looked up the house stats on Zillow and the house is indeed over 4000 square feet. For 4 people. We live in a 1700 or 1800 square foot house for the 3 of us. Yes, I'd like a bit more room, but not 2000 square feet more. Am I crazy, or is this just a bit excessive? It is a beautiful house, though.

In reality, I feel quite torn. I wish we had the gumption/inclination/patience to do a renovation, and to re-do the kitchen and add on a larger family room. I'd love to have a jacuzzi and a larger bedroom. On the other hand, do we really need these things? And could we survive a renovation? I really don't know.

So for right now, I'm focusing on the a/c. And then, maybe, fixing up the kitchen. And then...

Some interesting links on this subject
Size Matters: living large in a smaller home
The Not-S0-Big House

1 comment:

nachtwache said...

I wouldn't want a huge house, it still needs to be cleaned. Rooms that are hardly used are a waste of space. A lot comes down to showing off what one has. I couldn't care less about peoples possessions, I care about their character.