Wednesday, June 4, 2014
small home living?
i've been thinking a lot about what kind of house we want to buy. not only what kind of house, but also in what neighborhood. for our price range, our options are to get a small house (right around 1000 sq ft) in a great neighborhood (where we currently live) or a bigger house (1200-1700 sq ft, with probably more than one bathroom!) in a much less charming neighborhood. the less charming neighborhood is less neighborhood-like, with chain restaurants and convenience stores nearby. the school also rates much lower than the school in our current neighborhood. i would rather live in a small house in a great neighborhood than a bigger house in a not as great neighborhood. i started making a pro/con list today for living in a small house.
pro: less time to clean, less energy to heat/cool, more time spent together, less money to improve aspects of the house such as new windows, roof, etc., less space means less stuff/things/materialism
con: less room for our various hobbies (sewing, canning, beer brewing, art making), less room for stuff could mean too much stuff everywhere (see my messy stack of books above. i'm terrible at organizing and maintaining clean surfaces, but my husband is great at it.)
one of our requirements is to find a place with three bedrooms. we would have a room, the kids would share a room, and we'd have a craft room. right now the craft room is downstairs and it is huge. it's 2-3 times the size of a small bedroom. we also want a place with a big enough lot that we could build a studio in the back for when the kids are older and need their own rooms, thus kicking us out of the third bedroom.
jessica, a good friend of one of my good friends, has started a lovely blog about living in a small home called Sunday Peaches. i love how she reminds us that many people living in other countries live in very small spaces and don't think it is strange at all, unlike here. she is one of my big inspirations for small home living. her instagram feed is one of my favorites. she and her husband and their three boys have been living in a 2 bedroom 735 sq ft house for the last six years! now they are adding on to their house a bit, but still only expanding to 1200 sq ft. if a family of five can live in 735 then our family of four should be fine in 1000, right?