After spending some time in a bunch of European countries and South Korea, it’s interesting (and kind of depressing) to think about how big American homes are. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some 3,000 square feet of space, but when you’re in Korea and a family of five lives in a 1,200 square foot apartment, it definitely puts things in perspective.
Girl Ninja and I dream of having a garage. We desperately want more than one bathroom. And a guest bedroom would be epic so guests don’t have to sleep on an air mattress in our living room.
I’m a firm believer buying a house should be a long-term decision. If you aren’t willing to own the thing for a minimum of ten years, you probably shouldn’t buy it. But if we abide by this rule, we must then ask ourselves what kind of house should we buy? Do we buy a house that perfectly fits our current needs, or do we buy the house that will appease our needs ten years from now?
We have to start think about things like how many kids will we have, and yard sizes, and garage space, when in reality, we have no clue what those things would look like in our life; 2, 5, or 10 years from now. What if we upgrade to a four bedroom house and find out we can’t have more kids? Or what if we have 10 kids and our three bedroom house doesn’t cut it anymore?
Reflecting on our first year of home ownership makes me think we made a good choice. We have a fairly modest 1,800sqft at our disposal and use just about every inch of the space. I’d throw up if I paid for bonus rooms, lofts, bedrooms, or basements that were never actually lived in.
Maybe that’s just me though?
What about you?
How many rooms are there in your current house (and how many people under that roof)? Do you wish you had more space, less space, or have just the perfect amount? When does home size go from reasonable to excessive?