March 19, 2010 at 9:21 am #457407
We are 2A & 6K in a 3 bedroom house, boys in one room, girls in another, mum & dad in smallest room we have 3 girls and 3 boys in the past we had a caravan for the oldest but he decided that he prefered the house as it was warmer. but our yard is huge!! I have a 15mx 4mtr chook run a 10x6m shed 30 fruit trees large veg patch (that my chooks have over run really need to clip som wings :p )
a large grass area and drive all up 1000 Qm or 1/4 acre. my house 9 squres. :jawdrop:
if we were to move out of town i would build a house the same size but would have a 2 room attic and take advantage of the roof space that is wasted here and banish the older 2 kids there when there teen hormones cause me to consider killing them and hiding their bodies:jawdrop:March 19, 2010 at 10:25 am #457408
Well DH and I live in a 3 bedroom, 1bathroom, lounge room, kitchen and laundry. We don’t have a dinning room but we wouldn’t use it if we did. If I was going to build my own home I would have a bathroom half the size it is now by not having a bath tub, the kitchen could be half the size if it was laid out better and the same with the laundry.
We turned one bedroom into a computer room/study/work room. We do have an unattached rumpas room out back that I turned into the cats room with a run attached that the cats can go outside in. All up it’s 112sqm, it could be under 100sqm if it had been laid out better.March 19, 2010 at 12:57 pm #457409
I think mine is about 15 squares. Plenty big enough. I know someone who has just built a 40 something square house for 2 adults and 2 children. Years ago, folks would raise 3 or 4 children in a 10 square commission house and everyone seemed to manage ok. :shrug: Kids used to leave home back then, but now they stay forever. 😆March 19, 2010 at 1:02 pm #457410
I’m in a 2-bedroom workers cottage. The original owners raised 5 children in this house.March 20, 2010 at 12:36 am #457411
When we moved here we had 6 kids and 2 adults in a 4bedroom, 1 lounge room with eat in kitchen, 1 bathroom and toilet, ex-war service house on a 900sqm block. The bedrooms weren’t little individual “cupboards” like they build these days and there were 4 boys in 2 bunks in one room at one stage. we got by and at least there was a big yard to play in. I liked that we had high ceilings as at least I didnt ‘feel so enclosed. we always had plans to build on and built another whole house joined onto the back. It was a small timber framed kit home, which gave us a new kitchen, another bathroom and 2 more bedrooms.the old kitchen became wall to wall bookshelves and desks and is my craft room with sewing machines etc set up. The original lounge room houses the pianos, organs keyboards and instruments, and keeps the noise contained. The mian living area is open with the kitchen. Considering we ended up with 10 children, our house is not ridiculously large for our purposes. certainly I have seen much larger hosues for smaller families.
I shake my head to see dining rooms that don’t get used with fancy furniture bought to fill the spaces which rarely get used. I don’t get the concept of a room to each child. Adults are bigger, do they get a room each? No, couples mostly share a room. Kids need to learn to get on and share space and resources. Once upon a time kids shared beds with their siblings. It was luxury to have your own bed. now they can’t even share a room. It used to be solitary confinement was a punishment. These are skills that you need to take out into the big wide world. Patience, tolerance and unselfishness. i would never want a bigger house than I have. I don’t have servants to clean it for me lol, I cna’t wait to downsize or at least downsize the number of mess producers in the house lol.
I grew up in a 4 bedroom house with 2 not huge living areas and 1 bathroom for 9 people, 5 girls plus parents. We are still close today. One thing I really appreciate is have a second toilet lol. But we always had to consider other people when using the bathroom etc and learning to be considerate of others is a skill that many people these days could do with learning.March 20, 2010 at 7:46 am #457412
we have a big house, but it does not mean it is high in engery use. Wrap around vendrahas, large tiled rooms with big windows to catch any breeze. Recyle all water onto fruit trees. Isulated, poistioned to catch the breeze. Hugh water catchement for tanks.
Made of besser block and not lined inside on the block like newer homes. so the walls are cool. Only airconditioned bedrooms for those real tropical nights. Solar hot water, gas cooking. Energy efficent everything from tap fiitings, toilet , light fixtures. In the tropical north it gets real hot and you do live indoors in the heat of the day. So a cool retrat for everyone is a bonus. T
They don’t call it the troppo season for nothing. cheersMarch 20, 2010 at 9:57 pm #457413
Gottalaff at Harooney, yes I can see why a family of 10 needs a second bathroom. A second loo is quite handy just with 5.
My dad is alone in a 3 bed house with 3 large living areas, 2 bathrooms.
Way too much for his needs, but he doesnt want to move, he still uses all of the 6 car garage area, retirement homes dont usually feature industrial size sheds. Useful for family gatherings tho.
But yes, one person in a space which could comfortably fit a family of 6 (a living area could be converted to bed space for 2 or three)
Haroony, note that I have chosen to put my girls together in a bedroom, and they use the spare for playroom. Although sometimes they wake each other up, they love the feeling that someone is nearby while they sleep, keeps the monsters at bay. More comforting than a nightlight!March 22, 2010 at 1:30 am #457414
Our house is 12 square 3 bedroom. When we had 2 x daughters + 1 x SIL living with us it was pretty squeezy. But I prevailed, we did not spend $50K on an extension and now it is just Mrs W and I….plenty of room! 😀
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