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Big Family, Small House

We have a really small house. Talking like basically a studio apartment size. Its an over 100 years old home with one bedroom and we converted a bedroom from a hallway closet space. Three kids and two adults it seems like there is never a lot of space but we make it work. Best thing is the house we paid off early and we are almost debt free. The older kids (both boys) currently share the master bedroom and it has all the kids belongings. Our newest baby (a girl) will share a bedroom (hallway/closet) until she is over 2 maybe 3 years old. Our kitchen is tiny. Our living room is as the living room, dining room and basic living space. The laundry room and most storage is in our tiny basement.

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We only have 2 but live in a 2 bedroom house with one closet converted to central air and heat. Vertical space is very valuable and hanging baskets for stuffed toys and high shelves are great for sometimes toys like playdough.

i have four children and i am currently downsizing from a three bedroom to a two bedroom tiny house because of certian cercumstances however im super excited of what could come of it any tips would be awsome thank you for the encouraging post it helped make me feel better that im not the only one who had to downsize as a family.

Natalie Busch is a Jesus lover, a wife, and a mother. You can find her at where she shares some practical tips along with humorous and heartfelt stories about her family of 5 (and one on the way) living in a small space with a small budget. You can join in on the mess via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

I raised 3 boys in a house with one bathroom. They shared one bedroom also. We also had one television. We refused to buy them bedroom televisions (even when we could afford to do so) because we wanted the family to view the same programs together.

Family of soon to be 7. We live in a 900 sqft apartment. We have 2 very small closets, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. We do all the things you suggest, my favorite is shared bedrooms, today for some reason people think each child needs their own room :/

Wow! We are a family of 7 and currently live i n1670 sq ft house with 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath and 2 half baths plus the partly finished basement. There are 2 kids in each of the 910 rooms and the youngest is in our room. The place is laid out so the second story with the bedrooms is only half of what the main floor is meaning our kitchen/dining area is too big while bedrooms seem small. We are moving and trying to decide if we could manage in a smaller house but I am not sure I am organized enough! It would be nice to not have to clean as much!

My husband is a seminary student. We live in a 550 sq foot apartment with two boys, 13 & 6 and a 55 lbs. nine year old dog. The storage is poorly designed. We have three small closets and no outdoor storage space.

First of all, it is important to keep stuff to a minimum when living in a small home with a large family. As long as I can stay on top of the clutter and continuously work on organizing every square inch (or so ot seems), our house feels very comfortable. It is almost a never ending job, though.

This house tour is from when we lived in our city rental house from 2011-2019. We are now living in a 1000sqft house on 1 acre in the country with a different layout and actually feels smaller since it has just 1 bathroom and no garage.

House Plan:Our living area is quite large. We spend most of our time in the living room, which has my desk for paying bills, our piano, our furniture set, our computer armoire, a bookshelf, and a storage chest used as an end table. Most of our homeschool stuff is kept in our master bedroom, which is the next largest room in the house.

Having just moved into a smaller house,(not that much smaller but it doesn't have a garage or hardly any storage at all) I shake my head at our much "stuff" we have! But I would agree with Missy, we have teens(and Marissa who is 22) and they take up so much room! When we had 4 little ones we rented a 800 sq ft house and did just fine. There was a tiny storage shed there but no garage and it didn't seem to be as full as this place. I always dream of down sizing even more and getting rid of more "stuff". I think this move has been one step closer ? I enjoyed this ? ?

I enjoyed this. Our house is smallish (bigger than what you are posting about) and it is neat to see how you are making it work. I giggled a little at the first comment about teens and big feet. SO TRUE. I have especially noticed the size difference with our older kids when we are all wanting to use the kitchen at once. Sometimes I get a giggle when I'm in the bathroom getting ready for church or something and there are 4 other bodies in there as big as me. We make it work,

If you own the house it will open up more avenues than if you are renting your home. Maximizing space in a small house can include design changes to the building itself that will create additional space without adding any square footage. Many types of folding and spinning shelves fall within this category.

This is by NO MEANS the largest crowd we have had in this house, at least this time there was no one sitting on the bed in the bedroom with TV trays. Big family, small house, lots of love and laughing, we make it work.

With tens of millions of people experiencing sheltering in place, the value of a house has gone way up! Larger houses with views, yards, hot tubs, and pools are in demand. Home offices is also a must have for millions who work-from-home nowadays.

In the past, it was always a good idea to limit your house purchase to no more than 3X your household income. But due to a decline in interest rates since the 1980s, families have been able to stretch.

Ideally, your house should have enough rooms per person to sleep individually + one room for guests or an office. In other words, if there are two adults and one baby, the ideal number of bedrooms would be four. For two adults and two kids, the ideal number of bedrooms would be five and so forth.

In a perfect world, each bedroom will have its own attached bathroom. With only one bathroom upstairs at our house to service the occupants of two bedrooms and day guests, we have to keep the bathroom cleaner than we normally would.

If land is too expensive to have a one story house, then two floors is the second best thing. Make sure the stairs are carpeted or at least comfortably wide and not too steep. The edges of stairs can cause a big gash.

Four story houses are simply too much of a pain to navigate. You might enjoy these tall layouts without kids. However, as soon as you have a baby or a knee injury, you would rather have less levels. Therefore, if you have more than three stories, you may want to get an elevator if possible.

As for the other bedrooms, ideally no other bedrooms will share walls for added privacy and sound proofing. With a one story house, each bedroom would ideally be on each side of the house. If two bedrooms are on the same floor, it should be buffered by a closet or a bathroom.

The master bedrooms should be in the rear of the house away from the street. It is unbelievable how much our sleep improved (before the baby) after we moved into our new house which situated our master bedroom in the rear. Every time I nap, I also fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly in our rear facing bedroom.

You know how some houses feel really warm and cozy, while others have an uncomfortable vibe? Location and layout have a lot to do with how a house feels, but so does its direction. This is called good feng shui. You can just feel the good feng shui when you enter a house.

The quieter the street your house is located on, the better. Think veins instead of arteries. My old house was on a busy artery next to the biggest artery in all of San Francisco. My current house is on a vein in a neighborhood where there are no apartment buildings. The difference is night and day.

You want your main rooms to either face east or west. Some people like to wake up to the morning sun (east). While others like to wind down to a lovely sunset (west). Decide what type of person you are and then see if the main rooms face your preferred direction. How light fills your house is an extremely important part of the feel of your house.

My wife and I have a two-year-old boy and we are considering buying a new home before having another child. It is interesting that you recommend 700 square feet of space per person. We may also talk to a real estate agent to help us decide how big we want our house.

Absolutely, Joe. Our main windows all face south. They provide both heat and light in the winter, and good light in the summer. On the one large east facing window, we have European-style roll-shutters to keep out the morning light. The other east facing windows and patio doors have window films and solid vertical blinds to do a similar job. The south facing garage windows provide some heat in winter and decent light the rest of the year. It is important when contemplating a house to find property that allows this orientation. We plan to put a solar array on the south facing roof slope for additional benefits. We live in SE BC.

The living room, dining area and kitchen are lined against the left side of the house with the two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the right side of the house. One of the bathrooms even leads to an outdoor shower.

Gorgeous! Love it. I am about to start building my own house with sleeping loft. I will live downstairs, but will use a little of the loft for storage. The rest of the loft will be for guest sleeping, but will also have a full bathroom. And of course, cathedral ceiling in living/kitchen area. Should have a similar feel to this, only smaller, and at my age (67), it will be wheelcair accessible downstairs, including both bedrooms.

My husband gently reminded me that any house was bigger than the 300 square feet we were currently living in in our RV. We continued to look at houses until the day he reminded me of a conversation we had one day when we were dating. 041b061a72


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