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August 29, 2007


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Your comments on average house size growing are on point. I always have to laugh when watching "House Hunters" or some other show when a couple with 2 kids and a 3 or 4 bedroom house say they "have to move" because they are "running out of space". Hmmm, maybe you have too much crap! These are the same people that park their $50,000 SUVs on the driveway because the garage is full of boxes.

I live in a 500 square foot 1-bedroom and I have to concur that layout matters. Looking over this list, even though my place is tiny, it meets all 4 of these criteria. Big bedroom closet, enough bedrooms (1; I live alone), a spacious kitchen, and it even has a little nook in a hallway that I set up with a desk to work from home. And, funny enough, it never feels cramped.

Those facts are so true.... I guess builders just want to get more bang for the buck, which is why it is almost impossible to find new construction homes under 3k sqr ft (at least where I live).

I would love to find a smartly laid out 4 bedroom home + office that is only 2400 sqr ft.

I bought a new garden home last year. It's 3 bedroom, 2 bath and 1,300 square feet. It's so spacious for me, but I'm single and not a packrat. I think America has a real problem with hoarding. There's so much benefit to being clutter-free (less to clean, less to dig through when something is lost, less to worry about it)...I don't know why more people don't embrace it.

A few comments. Flow is very important. Stairs take up a lot of space. Walkways through rooms provide space; separate hallways eat it up.
Proportion is important; excess in some areas can't make up for shortages elsewhere.

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