How Much House is Enough House?

 

This is the question that has been on my mind a lot lately. I work with many different clients, requiring different sized homes. I have seen ridiculous and over the top for one person and tight, very comfy for a small family. My husband and I have been searching for a new home now that we have a growing family. When we first purchased our current home it was 'just the 2 of us' and at 2300 Sq.ft it was much bigger than any of the homes I had seen growing up North. However, now that we have two kids we have pretty filled out every room and we need more space! Or do we? Do we really need more space or should we stay at the same size and learn to live more simply.  I probably never would have spent so much time thinking about this but after the housing market crisis the last thing I want to be is house rich but on the other end of the argument I hear my husband saying “but this is why we work so hard, to have nicer things".  Many news articles are promoting downsizing, ‘tiny home’ or ‘compact apartments’ while I do find these options to be fabulous for a single person, what about larger families? How can we downsize our homes and our carbon footprints as well? According to the CNBC article “McMansions Return: Big Houses Come Back,” trends are more practical, with energy efficiency and the need to accommodate growing families driving gains” more specifically people want “functionality and smartly-deigned homes without wasted space”. Which brings me to our recent home search in Bridgeland, Cypress (read blog about Bridgeland here). We found, what I thought, was the perfect home over the summer around 2500 Sq.ft $240,000 lots of upgrades BUT my husband really disliked that there was no eat-in area in the kitchen, there was a large breakfast bar where you could place stools and the upstairs only contained the one room (game room) so we passed. Now in the spring, Bridgeland has very minimal construction going on and we went to go look at a 2300 Sq.ft for around $210,000. We loved it BUT the ONLY room it was missing was a game room and this time we thought the breakfast bar area was perfect, realistically we almost never use our eat-in area now because our dining is open to the kitchen. Then I read this article on Yahoo, “Smartest Kitchen Island on the block,” apparently no one wants eat-in areas, the island makes more sense because the kitchen is the ‘control center’ of the home, which in the case of the Bridgeland home we saw, the breakfast bar would serve that purpose. Too bad for us we really do need that one room upstairs and that home is off the market!

Kitchen of 12218 Cove Bluff Ct

Breakfast bar 12218 Cove Bluff Ct

My favorite part was the large hallways, reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Eiaine was swerving on the road, saying "How luxurious" after Kramer painted the lanes too wide:)

Also listed in Bridgeland 18230 E. Willow Oak Bend Lane, $255,000 3225 Sq.ft

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