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Old 11-09-2018, 03:23 AM
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We built our "retirement" home in 2012 just as I was retiring and would not change a thing layout wise if we built another. It's a 2100 sq ft, 4 bedroom, 2 bath ranch with a 2 car garage. The master is on the opposite side of the house from the other bedrooms; 1 bedroom is an office which the admiral uses. I've set up another bedroom for working on clean, small things/projects and workout equipment. The last bedroom doubles as a sewing room and guest bedroom. The garage is set up with all sorts of shelving and basic tools for occasional car/truck maintenance. I put a 12x20 shed in the back that I use for building/working on all sorts of projects. We could easily get by with a very small house but this one fits the bill in every way.
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Old 11-09-2018, 03:31 AM
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Wife and I are planning on downsizing up here in CT...tired of the upkeep of our current 3600 sq ft one. We're in a hurry now, this past summer we spent every weekend on the boat at the marina...so our house and yard really suffered from lack of regular weekend cleaning and maintenance.

Son flew the coop about 5 years ago..he's out on his own. Daughter is middle of high school. So we'll need a 3br up here, hoping for around a 1500 sq ft.

Once she's gone, and we move to FL, I think we'll be good with a roughly 1,000 sq ft. Must have 2 bathrooms..I need my own, she needs her own. Don't mind a his and her master bath but I need my own crapper somewhere else.

Used to love a huge house, current one has a huge double walk in closet for her, extra wide 2x car garage for tractors, Harleys, other equip, and her Charger. My RAM just gets the driveway. Big 33,000 gallon in ground pool in the back yard with a large cabana building and deck area. But it's turned into too much upkeep. Want to really downsize and simplify.

Yeah, around 1,000 maybe 1,200 sq ft would be good. Single level too!
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Old 11-09-2018, 03:45 AM
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Depends how well you get along.
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Old 11-09-2018, 04:06 AM
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Big enough to fart in private
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Old 11-09-2018, 04:11 AM
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Our house is 1900 sqft.....just perfect for me and my wife. But we are looking to move to the coast and most houses we are looking at are 1500-1600. They seem more than adequate for 2.
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Old 11-09-2018, 04:36 AM
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Originally Posted by jocko View Post
For me and my wife, about 50,000 square feet w/ a wall from floor to ceiling right in the middle of the house would be about just right.

To chime in on OP's original question, it would all depend on whether or not you and the Mrs. will have a maid and whether or not you and the Mrs. entertain other than family members.

If not, then 1400'-1600' would be plenty large enough but not over whelming on the person having to clean the place.

Personally, A new place for the Mrs. & I would require a large detached workshop.
With a BIG ass wall built between the shop and house.
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Old 11-09-2018, 04:57 AM
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Not many guests, just you two, assuming you like each other's presence and don't want too much personal space about 1,500sqft-1,700sqft 3 br 2 full bath.

If you have guests, or prefer some personal space, need an office, etc... 2,000-2,300 4BR 2.5BA
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Old 11-09-2018, 05:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Gullpt View Post
Big enough to fart in private
gotta be close enough for the wife to smell it
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Old 11-09-2018, 05:10 AM
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Wife, myself, and 2 spoiled dogs. 2400' 4/2 single story on .6 acre. A bit overkill but she's happy so that's all that matters.
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Old 11-09-2018, 05:14 AM
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I lived alone in 2000 sq feet 3/2 and that was perfect. Now we do it with 4.

It it really depends on layout.
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Old 11-09-2018, 05:15 AM
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About 1900 square feet, three bed, 2 1/2 bath, oversize 2 car garage, large detached shop and full basement. That's what we have now and works well for us.
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Old 11-09-2018, 05:19 AM
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I just finished ultimate man cave after selling house I lived in for 12 years. I waited till it was well underway, then asked her to marry me. Now she has moved in also. 800sf on the living side gourmet kitchen and 1 bed 1bath, 1200sf on garage side 1 full bath. She didn't understand it at the time, but I sat her down and showed her the numbers. Before building this, I was paying $700/month renting a shop to store, work on boats, ice maker, and have my freezers for bait...I'm always going to need a place to stick boats, work on them etc. I'll never sell it. I cut my monthly bills by $1800 per month, and she has none.

We'll live here about 2 years, then buy another house, rent the apartment at the garage and make money while still having my workshop. At the very minimum, we've got a place to have parties, send relatives to stay, whatever. It is tight, and would be different if the shop wasn't next door, and if we didn't have a pretty sweet (getting there) outdoor living area.
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Old 11-09-2018, 05:27 AM
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Dont buy a house that's big enough for right now, buy one that will be big enough for you to grow in to (if you plan on having kids).

Currently in a 1800sq ft 3 bed 2 bath with only the wife and I, but it's getting cramped as it is so we're moving up to a 3200 since we plan on kids in the near future.
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Old 11-09-2018, 05:36 AM
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We dropped down from 3,200 ft^2 to 2,000 ft^2, 3/ 2.5. This house is just fine.
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Old 11-09-2018, 05:37 AM
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Current house is 4,200 sq ft 4 bedrooms/4 baths for us and our daughter. Our next house will be our retirement house, and I'm looking at floor plans with master bedroom and office/study on 1st floor, and the second floor will be extra bedrooms and bathroom. We'll be able to live just on the first floor, and definitely reduce the square footage too.
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Old 11-09-2018, 05:43 AM
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We airbnb the upstairs 1100 sqft of our house and I have only been up there a couple times since March. We live down stairs in 800 sqft 2 br with a single car garage. At the moment my wife and I, two dogs and our 26 year old daughter (temporarily) are living in the down stairs portion of the house.. This weekend my son is coming home and bringing two friends for one night. I'm not sure the perfect size but one thing for sure it's not 800 sqft.

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Old 11-09-2018, 06:02 AM
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I live in a 880 sqft house with my girlfriend. The space isn't the problem its the one bathroom. I need a detached bathroom in the back yard where I can shit in peace.
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:07 AM
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Our condo is 1200sf 2br/2ba with full basement and 2 car garage, this works just fine for us.
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:16 AM
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I think a lot of it depends upon whether you need guest space or not.
Because all of our homes have a two living rooms , home office & bedrooms for all (meaning minimum of 3) plus at least 3 bathrooms, we are used to spreading out quite a bit even with it just being the wife and I during the college school year. Additional bedrooms really only add 150-200 sq.ft. each so even having a few extra doesn't add a lot extra area to a house. All of our homes are in the 2,800 (beach house with 5 bedrooms, 3 full + 2 half baths, kitchen-dinning room-living room (open), den) to 3,500 sq ft (6 bedrooms, 4 full + 2 half baths, 2 living rooms, kitchen & dining room) range, and are a conformable size (we have a lot of sleepover guests at both the beach house and Florida house) although most of the rooms are not huge - if we could manage with a living room, kitchen, 2 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms, 1,700 sq.ft might be enough space.
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:22 AM
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No right answer, but I think there would be a lot of workable options between 700-2000 sqft and 2-3 bedrooms with 1.5-3 baths.

Our first place was a 2 bedroom 900 sq ft apartment that seemed plenty big for us. We later bought our current home at a hair under 2000 sq ft and for a long time it seemed huge and we never used most of the rooms. 3 boys and a dog later and 2000 sq ft is still working, for now but who knows how much longer.
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