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Old 11-08-2018, 06:44 PM
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For a married couple (husband and wife, no kids) what is the perfect sized house?

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Old 11-08-2018, 06:48 PM
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For me and my wife, about 50,000 square feet would be about just right.
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My wife and I have been through this. We are contemplating the same thing. We both owned houses when we met. Mine was 1,350 with 3 bedrooms and one bath, hers was 1,400 with three bedrooms and two baths. Our current house is 3.400 with 5 bedrooms and four baths which is a monster for us and we are always fixing something, updating something or cleaning something. We have agreed that three bedrooms and two baths between 1,400-2000 would be perfect for us. That would give us a bedroom for us, our own bathrooms, a room for my wife's treadmill and craft table and an office for me since I work from home. We can hardly wait to sell the monster and downsize.
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:53 PM
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One of each. That way nobody will want to visit for long. Seriously considered one BR and sleeping loft for that reason. Total sqft depends on how big is the workshop, garage, wife's hobby shed and how often can I fish, hike and ride motorcycles. About 600 sqft is probably absolute minimum but only with proper layout. Multistory is out at my age. Have lived in 650 which was OK but laundry was downstairs.
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We went from 6k square feet to to 2300’. 3 br, 2 1/2 ba. 2 story. works fine. We live on main floor with mbr suite, +1/2 bath, kitchen, laundry, my office and great room. Guest rooms and bath are upstairs and we can shut that off when no visitors. Only draw back is limited storage space as we could not get a basement.
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2000 sqft works well for me and my wife, we could probably get by with 1500-1600, her parents have a 5500’ house and it seems too big for 2 imo
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I need a 1/1 with a 5 car garage and office.

She needs a 2/2 with 37 closets.

I think realsitically we “need” a 4/2 with a 2 car plus garage. 2100 sq ft would be nice. As a grown adult it seems strange not having a guest room in the house, although its actual use is pretty light. I’ve had couple friends with McMansions and they literally had rooms in their home they maybe walked into once a week. That seems bizarre to me.
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Need one more bedroom than you have kids. Minimum of 3 for resale appeal. All need to be far away from the master, as should be the den & kitchen.
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1406 is ours. With basement double that. More then enough for two people
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Perfect? that would be basically two houses, perhaps connected via a hallway or better a Tunnel . I'd need about 900 square feet but with a 3000 square foot pole barn. She'd need a minimum of 4000 square feet.

Bottom line, just won't work at all !!!
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Our new house will be a 4/3 at 2300 sqft. To me, it is a great size. Smaller houses tended to be lower quality, but we didn't want another 3000+ sqft house. We looked at as small as 1500, and we would have done it if the location and quality level was right. It really depends on your area and options if you want to go small.
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:08 PM
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No kids? 2-2 With 1000' of living space, 1000' shop, 1000' for a garden and plenty of boat parking space.

Current digs are a 2800' single story 4/3 on an acre and a half - great place but no way I would keep without kids in the picture
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I'm not kidding about this: Wife and I live in separate 1000 sq ft cottages, about 20 feet apart. Now, we are both old farts and just got married 10 years ago, so this makes sense for us ;-)
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:24 PM
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1,500 sq ft, 3 br, 2.5 ba, full basement, 3 car garage, and nice big man-shed.
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Originally Posted by GaryDoug View Post
I'm not kidding about this: Wife and I live in separate 1000 sq ft cottages, about 20 feet apart. Now, we are both old farts and just got married 10 years ago, so this makes sense for us ;-)
The wife and I do this sometimes. Tonight she is at the house and I’m at the boat.
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415 miles apart, my GFs house in New Port Ritchie FL and my boat in Key West FL...takes 6.5 hours to commute...

GF I had before was active duty us army sergeant major before she retired, we lived in her 5th wheel trailer on MacDill but she’d be gone 1-3 weeks a month while i commuted home or ffished Tampa Bay, she retired back to Midwest and I wouldn’t leave Flawda...

after my exwifie i vowed to never get married again of date women whom earn less than myself, refusing atypical living together/conventional living together arrangements...don’t know how guys do it, I can’t, I like my space and ability for solitude
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My wife and I are are building our custom retirement home, a one level, age in place kind of thing on 3/4 acre close in to town. A grocery store is only 1 mile away and a launch ramp on the Columbia River is about 3 more miles. It is 1,640 sq feet with two bedrooms, two baths and a library that could be converted to a bedroom by replacing the archway with a door. An attached two car garage out back has 220 volt service in case we get an electric car. There will be a 24' x 34' shop for the boat and a travel trailer we plan to buy.
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IMO, if 2 adults can't live in a house less then 1600 sq/ft there's something not right! From what Iv'e seen, read & heard from other countries living arrangements, we are by far the most spoiled of all groups in this category, as well as most others!

I would bet the "Avg" living space for two adults, no kids, in other countries with demographics like ourselves, and incomes like ours is "WELL UNDER 1000 sq/ft" 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1 car garage.
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Need more information... For year round? Are we retired? Work from home? IMHO; To live 17-1800ft. To exist, 1000. Had a 900sqft 2BR/1BA cottage on the water I rented for 10 years for the winters in Florida, miss it. Gave it up so I could fit mo toys.
We actually have our 1900 sqft on the market in Florida. House is just about right size with a BR as my office, another room as hers.. 6/10 acre a good size... LOL.. We are having second thoughts 3rd week into having it on the market. While we don't boat much any more, this has to be the most boring and dangerous place to ride a street bike, this is where our friends are...

Should add that yesterdays weather forecast for our SD home... Hi 33 - Lo 10
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Really can't answer without a pic of the wife.... so it depends.
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