Small, cozy, cute. These are words that are often used to describe houses that are on the smaller side.
When we got married, we lived in a great apartment. One bedroom and 800 square feet. It was the perfect size for newlyweds! But then we got pregnant. The idea of raising a child in a one bedroom apartment was doable, but not ideal. We considered two bedroom apartments, but the rent was insane. We could buy a house for about the same price or less than what we were currently paying in rent for our one bedroom. Our search led us to our first house. A 1,349 square foot, one-story home with three bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, and a fenced in backyard. Not quite double the space that we had before, but more than enough rooms for our small family.
According to “Tiny House Nation”, the average American home is approximately 2,600 square feet. That’s twice the amount of space we have. Of course the average American family has more children than we have as well. In the 1950s, the average American home was less than 1000 square feet. It’s amazing to see that number grow and grow as time goes on. For our family, our small, cute, and cozy home is more than big enough for us. There’s a master bedroom with a bathroom attached, just for the adults. Our 4 year old has his own bedroom with plenty of space for all of his toys and a comfy place to sleep. There’s a spare bedroom that has been a guest room, a craft room, an office and is currently set up as a nursery for the baby we are waiting to adopt. We have a dining room that we rarely eat in thanks to our eat in kitchen and a living room that we don’t even sit in anymore thanks to the TV in our bedroom. Basically, family time is spent together in either a bedroom or the kitchen. Around half of our house isn’t even being used on a regular basis.
There are perks to a small house. Less to clean. Less to keep warm or cool. Sure, there are days that I see my friends bigger houses and get jealous, dreaming off all the space we could have; a bonus room to for all the toys, a designated office to get work done, a guest room for my parents. These are all things that I think sound nice to have. But if I’m realistic with myself, we have more than enough space right now.
My husband has big dreams of tiny house living. Not a small house, but a true tiny house. A couple of years ago he convinced me that our family should move into a yurt. We began researching companies to purchase our new “home” from and searching for the perfect piece of property. That dream died and was replaced with a plan to build our own forever home one day. Our forever home will be custom built with a custom floor plan. We don’t have a square footage number in mind just yet, but I can promise you that unless our family grows exponentially by the time we design our house, our next house won’t be much larger than what we have now. One day our children are going to grow up and move into houses of their own. Our forever home needs to reflect the idea that once again, it will just be the two of us. After all, how much room do two people possibly need?