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How much of your house do you actually use?

After the responses below related to house size...I am curious.  Despite being initially quite frustrated and distraught over the renos, I love our house but we don't use even half of it.

Re: How much of your house do you actually use?

  • We use most of it. There is a dining room that the dog's crate is in along with a pool table the previous owners left behind. Other than that, all four bedrooms have a purpose (office for each, a cat room, and the master) and we each use a bathroom for ourselves. The living room and kitchen are definitely used. The breakfast nook...eh, not so much :P
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  • At my parents' house [close to 2000 sq. ft.], we use every inch but the upstairs spare room/entertainment room. But my dad's turning that into a "Man Cave" when he gets back from Afghanistan, so that will be used, too.

    At my apartment [1100 sq. ft.], JJ and I use everything but what used to be my sister's bedroom. I'm turning that into a craft room soon though, so I'll get some use out of that room. Finally. We have a huge, open living room, so that's where we spend most of our time. 

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  • We use most of our house, but our house is pretty small (about 1000 sq ft). We only have one room that we don't ever use. It's currently filled with boxes. We're planning on making it an office, but honestly, I doubt it will even get used after it's fixed up. Our other spare room is only really used when I get ready in the mornings (our bathroom doesn't have any outlets...who would make a bathroom without an outlet??)

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  • It seems like we really only use 3 rooms of our house on a regular basis.  We may have "stuff" sprawled out everywhere, but as for actual daily use, we really don't use a lot of our house. 

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    It seems like we really only use 3 rooms of our house on a regular basis.  We may have "stuff" sprawled out everywhere, but as for actual daily use, we really don't use a lot of our house. 

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  • We don't use two of the bedrooms or one of the bathrooms. They're INSANELY handy when friends or family come to visit, though, since they usually stay about a week. I've also eaten at our dining room table 2x and our kitchen table 3x. We usually eat in the living room. We have a roughly framed-in upstairs bath and family room and, surprisingly I've taken my lap top up their a few times so that I could have a change of scenery for writing when I get stuck on a section.
  • We use most of our 1300ish sqaure feet (I think that's what it is, but I could very well be wrong). We have 3 bedrooms - master, one for the office, and one is Phantom Baby's room/guest room that gets used at least once a month by my best friend or little brother. I even find myself sleeping in there occasionally when I can't fall asleep in my own bed. The least used room in the house is the garage-converted-bed room (before we moved in). It's supposed to be the 'man room', but since it's not 100% completed, it's not really a place H wants to hang out. The dogs sleep in there and stay on that side of the house because they're not allowed on the carpet.
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  • We use all of our house (1605 sq. ft). We have an open floor plan. The living and dining room flow into the kitchen. We have 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms that are used everyday.
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  • I was the one with the most square footage (desired)... lol, I don't use EVERY square inch of my home (2000) right now but it all serves a purpose. The extra 3 bedrooms serve as guests/office space.

    I want a bigger house in future (way down the road) for expansion, offices for both of us, family, and possible kids.

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    It seems like we really only use 3 rooms of our house on a regular basis.  We may have "stuff" sprawled out everywhere, but as for actual daily use, we really don't use a lot of our house. 

    These rotating icons next to our names need to stop!  Apparently I am now a dark-skinned pregnant lady.  Dark skin is fine, but there is NO bun in this oven!!!! 

    I knew you were dark skinned with an unknown pregnancy! Lol! 

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  • Our house is 2,300 sq feet and I think we use the majority of it. We definitely use the living room, master bedroom and master bath, laundry room, "guest" bathroom, and kitchen. We have 2 extra bedrooms--one is the guest room/office (by office I mean that besides the bed and side tables it has a desk, our camera stuff, and printer), and the second one will be LO's room.

    We don't really use the eat-in portion of our kitchen too often, nor do we use the dining room much (but it's connected to the living room so it's kind of like we use it lol). The garage stores tools, 4 wheeler, and riding mower so it gets used as well. I really like the size of our house, I think it's plenty of space and if we had a bigger place I wouldn't want all that extra cleaning!
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  • Our current place is close to 1300 sq ft. We use the living room, kitchen/dining room, master bed and bath the most. The spare bathroom is used very little but nice to have. 1 spare bedroom is our office and where Bella's dog crate is at and the other is a guest room that I keep my craft stuff in also. Even though we don't have kids yet we have really outgrown this place. Its hard to buy furniture we like because its usually too big for the space we have.
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  • We moved from a house that was 1,450 square feet to our current house - 1,450 was perfect for us. The layout could have been better (it was an open floor plan which I am not a fan of) because it seemed like there was a lot of wasted space due to the openess.  Anyhoo, when people mention they want a huge house I am always curious as to why they need so much space. We don't have a lot of "stuff" (just a lot of clothes - both of us!) and tend to hibernate only in certain parts of the house.  I waste a lot of time cleaning rooms we don't use. Annoying.
  • We use all of it.  Seriously.  It's a very open floor plan, so there isn't much wasted space.  The only thing we haven't used yet is the upstairs, and that's because it still needs deadbolts for the attic doors to be installed and furniture.  And I have to find new living room furniture so I can move my current furniture upstairs.  I have found nothing that I like yet...boo.
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  • My ideal house size of around 3000 sq feet also ideally comes with a housekeeper. Wink

    Our rental is about 1250 and is 3 bed, 2 bath. We would be just fine eliminating a bedroom by combining DH's office and the guest bedroom. We each use a bathroom.

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  • Our current house is about 1500 sq. ft. plus a patio room and we definitely use all of it (though we really only use the patio room for storage).  We spend a lot of time in our living room, especially since I SAH and we homeschool DD, and we eat dinner together at the kitchen table every night.

    Assuming we actually get our house on the market soon and it doesn't take a million years to sell, we will be moving into about 2300 sq. ft.  Since a lot of the extra square footage is in the laundry room and kitchen, I think we will definitely get a lot of use out of it.  The rest of it is in a formal living/dining room, which we plan to have set up as a hangout space that will seat a lot of people for when we have company or possibly extended family holiday gatherings.

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    Our house is 2000 sq ft. We use some of it, but we bought to grow into. We outgrew the apartment that I was in when we got married and this was the next step.

    We use the master bedroom, bathroom, and closet; kitchen, living room. One of the rooms will be the baby's room. We have a guest room that is used for guests and when one of us wants to sleep in another room (sick, can't sleep, etc). Out dining room doesn't get a lot of action, but it was a weird requirement in our house. I like formal dining rooms. The study gets used moderately. We have a loveseat with ottoman and TV in there that we use sometimes, but not too often.

    My ideal house has an extra bathroom or half bath. This is so there is something 'nice' for guests and I don't have to worry about what the kid's bathroom looks like. It also has an extra room like a play room, preferably on another story. I grew up north with basements and loved having my own space to play in. That's really all I want in a house.

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  • we use pretty much every square inch of our house, but we are planning on building a house that is nearly twice the size of this house.  I expect that we will use every room in that house as well.  It will have more bedrooms and bathrooms and really the only room I don't see being used every day is the formal dining room.
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  • our house is 1,300 sq. ft. and we use almost all of it.  It's 2 car garage, 3 bedroom, 2 bath.  DH and I use both bathrooms daily, and of course the mater bedroom.  We both love to cook, so the kitchen is the 3rd most used room only below the living room and our master bedroom.  One of the bedrooms has been turned into an office that we share.  Someday I would like a house where we each have an office.  The other bedroom gets the least amount of use.  It's a guest room/cat room.  It holds things, so I guess it's getting used.  The cat thinks it's her room, so I guess I can say we use every sq. in.

     

    In our future house I want a kitchen as big if not bigger than our master bedroom.  I have lots of big things and since we both love to cook, we need our kitchen to be it's own room.  I want the dinning room and living room separate from the kitchen so cooking, washing dishes, etc. doesn't disturb anyone in the living room.  Ideally 5 bedrooms with 3 baths: master bedroom and bath, office for me, office for DH, bathroom for guests, bathroom for kids, bedroom for kid 1, bedroom for kid 2.

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  • Our house is 2400SF.  We have an open plan for the kitchen, dining room, and family room and use those a lot.  The "living room" has a pool table and flat screen in it... We never hang out in there.  DH uses his man room from time to time.  We have four bedrooms, one of which is my craft/office but it's not very functional so I don't use it often.  The other two guestrooms (and extra 1 1/2 baths) will come in really handy when DH's family comes to visit this weekend, but otherwise they go very much unused.  

    The only reason I think we would need more space is because when we have kids, I would want them to have a place to play.  We talked the other day about enclosing our covered porch and making it a 4-season sun room.... Might be a fun place for kids to play, who knows.  Guess I'll cross that bridge when I get there.  :) 

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  • I just like open space. The house I grew up in was fairly big (about 3700 sq feet) but my mom had it JAMMED full of furniture, knick knacks, etc. As an adult, my rebellion is to have large sections of rooms with nothing at all in/on them. Embarrassed
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    I just like open space. The house I grew up in was fairly big (about 3700 sq feet) but my mom had it JAMMED full of furniture, knick knacks, etc. As an adult, my rebellion is to have large sections of rooms with nothing at all in/on them. Embarrassed

    I am LOLing at this because - I also grew up in a large house FULL of crap.  FULL OF CRAP.  I haven't been to my parents house in years because I can't deal with it. It isn't hoarding - just furniture everywhere - knick knacks everyone - the walls covered with the most random stuff.

    DH and my house has very minimal stuff - we have furniture, obviously, but even our furniture is quite small (pretty European) and we almost zero knick knacks.  Our office does have a lot of "stuff" but given my professional I can't help but have lots of office supplies and paper everywhere - it stresses me out though. We have some stuff on the walls but I have given a lot of thought as to what we are putting where.  I love my parents but damn! I don't know how they live with all that sh!t!

  • We have a smaller home with 3 beds 2 baths and without a formal living room or dining room. We currently use all of it but one of the bathrooms on a regular basis.

    I hope to move into a larger home before we add an additional kid(s) so that we can have an upstairs room to keep all of the toys...  Our daughter isn't even 3 months yet and toys seem to be occupying more space in our living room every time I turn around!  

    Our front bathroom is always clean for guest to use and I rarely invite people to use my master bathroom, it's mine and DH's and for some reason I view it as a private place for only us, kind of like our bedroom.  

    Second bedroom is Brynnleigh's room and the third is an "office" but really it stores our bikes and random pieces of "business" stuff.  

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    I just like open space. The house I grew up in was fairly big (about 3700 sq feet) but my mom had it JAMMED full of furniture, knick knacks, etc. As an adult, my rebellion is to have large sections of rooms with nothing at all in/on them. Embarrassed

    I am LOLing at this because - I also grew up in a large house FULL of crap.  FULL OF CRAP.  I haven't been to my parents house in years because I can't deal with it. It isn't hoarding - just furniture everywhere - knick knacks everyone - the walls covered with the most random stuff.

    DH and my house has very minimal stuff - we have furniture, obviously, but even our furniture is quite small (pretty European) and we almost zero knick knacks.  Our office does have a lot of "stuff" but given my professional I can't help but have lots of office supplies and paper everywhere - it stresses me out though. We have some stuff on the walls but I have given a lot of thought as to what we are putting where.  I love my parents but damn! I don't know how they live with all that sh!t!

    That's how my parents are. If they buy new end tables, for example, instead of getting rid of the old ones, they'll just "find a place" for them. Mom is also the queen of collections and "themed" rooms (e.g., a chili pepper themed kitchen or "USA" themed bathroom) which get out of hand quickly.

    In fact, when they last came to visit, my mom offered to buy me a ton of decorative stuff. I was grateful, but I had to reign her in a lot because, 1., I'm really picky and 2., I just don't want all that much stuff!

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