size looks small while framing?

mdc08August 11, 2008

Anyone else feel this way? I just got back from the lot and the kitchen area seems smaller. I am sure this is normal to everyone. Just wondered if anyone else felt like this when visiting site.

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brutuses

My kitchen seemed so tiny the entire time we were building and then when the cabinets and floors went in, wow, it then looked much bigger. It will be OK, I promise. LOL

Actually the entire house appeared smaller while being framed, but the minute the walls went up things starting taking on a new look. It's so exciting experiencing each stage of the build.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 10:29PM
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mdc08

Thanks for the reassurance... That helps :)

    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 10:34PM
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whidbey

Too funny!! I was JUST saying this to my husband today. Our house is just the foundation and radiant heat as of today. Slab won't be poured until Thursday. I swear, it looks like you can't even fit a fridge in the kitchen, a nightstand in the bedroom, or a lamp in the great room. Ok, I'm exaggerating a little, but you catch my drift. :-)

Our house is 2800 square feet, so not too big, not too small. I certainly hope it looks bigger when we're done!

I made my hubby stand and "pretend" to do dishes at the spot where the sink will be... just so I could see if there was enough room behind him to walk by. And there was... plenty!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 12:39AM
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meldy_nva

Oh yes! Isn't it weird?! A friend went into panic mode when she first saw her house framed -- she had enlarged a basic stock plan and honestly believed someone had mixed up the plans so that the builders were doing the wrong [smaller] house.

Then there will be the stage when it looks roomy if not downright huge. Don't buy furniture during that period, lol.

And finally, at the end, everything will look just right. Whew!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 7:29AM
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sallen2008

Whew! I needed to hear this...I did not want a large house (boys are grown 16 & 18) but wanted a house I could fit our things and the things we kept from our parents homes. The walls went up yesterday and I really thought I messed up. The house is 2400+...again, not large, not small. But, having my first wic, I thought 6X8 would be enough...probably should have doubled that!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 8:09AM
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lindybarts

There was a thread about this a while back. It's an optical illusion that almost every one of us have experienced. It'll look big again once you get the drywall up! Then, after the finishing touches, it magically transforms! Saw your pictures on the other thread! Looks GREAT!!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 9:56AM
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dawn_t

Timely thread...
We have the exterior framed, sheeted and roof trusses up, and it looks so darn small! I've actually been worrying since the footings were poured, but have not said anything, because I don't want to stress out my poor hardworking DH.
I did measure the foundation after the builders left one day, because I was sure there was a mistake, but it's all good :)

Dawn
(who's anxiously awaiting the interior framing and an illusion of huge rooms, lol)

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 10:48AM
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bevangel_i_h8_h0uzz

Because I've always loved looking at homes that were in the process of being built and following their progress, I already knew about this optical illusion and was prepared for it. Knowing DH was not, I warned him before we ever broke ground that, even though our new home will be nearly 60% bigger than the one we currently own, at the slab and framing stages it would look really small.

The warning didn't help tho. After the framing was up, he insisted that we measure every single room and compare it to the plans... a couple of times each actually! Did that calm him? Nope. A few days later - in the middle of the night - I caught him out of bed measuring the various rooms in our current house and comparing them to the sizes of the corresponding rooms in the new house. LOL!

Poor dear, I think he is still not totally convinced that the new house really is much bigger and that the GC and I aren't in cahoots with some kind of "trick measuring tape."

Thank heavens the sheet-rock is supposed to go up in about two weeks.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 4:22PM
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mdc08

Thank you all for your post! I have laughed and laughed! This morning at 5:00am, 30 minutes before my alarm went off, I sat straight up and declared..." I think the plumbing was set 6 inches short." And without knowing if my DH was awake or not, HE SAT RIGHT UP and we had a 30 minute discussion about the placement of plumbing and studs. HAHA! My contractor told me yesterday, "DO not go out there everyday." I can see why!

Our house is about 3400 sq ft. and the bottom floor alone is 2300. We have lived in our 1578 sq ft house for 15 years and now we are worried if it is big enough!!! LOL

This summer before I signed on the dotted line... I went out and bought graph paper and measured all my furniture and placed everything is the rooms. I had more room than furniture.

:) Thanks for the laughs!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 8:45PM
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luckymom23

Ok, so we are in trouble because our house is in the framing stage and it looks BIG to us...the hole looked big, the foundation, the decking... LOL! :) Our last house was about 2200sf and our main level is about that big in this house but we are excited because the spaces feel really good. Now you guys have me a little scared that it will feel TOO big once it has been drywalled! Oh no, something else to stress over! :)

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 8:56PM
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jenanla

When the hole for our foundation was dug, I could not believe that my house would actually fit. When the first floor was framed it looked big to me. When the walls were framed it looked small to me. When the siding went on it looked huge to me. Now that the walls are up and painted, floors are installed, and lighting is in, everything looks just right.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2008 at 8:52AM
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jodierd

Early on in the process of getting ready to build a home I read somewhere, written by an architect, that when the foundation when in and the framing went up for the first house he designed the homeowners called him frantic, having stopped the builder. They were sure soemthing was terribly wrong as the house was way too small. He learned from that experience and warns customers of it. The way he explained it makes sense: At such an early stage there's nothing human-sized to relate space to. That's why it worked for Whidbey to have her husband pretent to wash dishes. It gets better all along as windows go in at heights you can see out of etc. and especially when things like cabinets go in.
We're about to sign the construction loan for our collosal 5,200 sq ft house. I KNOW we'll freak out when we see how LARGE it looks. We designed it, scrapping two plans along the way because we were shocked at how large it needed to be to fit what we needed. The third plan proved we do need that much room. And so it goes--up soon!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2008 at 9:06AM
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tnkcfan

Glad I'm not the only one who feels this way! When our basement was dug & the block was layed, I stood in front of the house & looked at my husband & said, "that's it?" He thought I was nuts & still does. But then once they started framing it got better. THEN when they started putting the rafters up for the roof, I got this sick feeling like oh my, what have I done? It's too big!! But now, I'm perfectly happy w/ the size although I'm still scared that my spare BR's aren't big enough. Drywall isn't up yet so I hope that changes! Oh & the basement that once looked small is outrageously HUGE! My husband says he just smiles to himself everytime he goes down there (since this will be "his" area :)

    Bookmark   August 13, 2008 at 9:24AM
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mdc08

Well, my dining room looks huge! HAHA

    Bookmark   August 13, 2008 at 11:08PM
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kelleg69

I just posted on this subject today. I didn't realize that you all had discussed this so recently. Sorry for being redundant. I am having the same reaction, though. I came home and measured our rooms here to see how big they were in comparison to our new house, etc. I am so glad this is a phenomenon b/c I would be panicked if I didn't know about it!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2008 at 7:09PM
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jencjudd

Our house is just now in framing, and so I am sooo glad others feel that their house looks small at this point. I've been having fits, taking the measuring tape over, measuring our bed and nightstands (and measuring the wall of the master, wondering how the heck it's going to all fit in there!). I guess it fits, but it is some BIG illusion, that's for sure.

One thing I am really not sure on is the outdoor living area. That's not framed in (unless you count the back wall of the house) and it still looks small. Sigh. Well, I'm keeping my fingers crossed, since there's nothing I can do about it now!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2009 at 5:01PM
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gopintos

We our house was staked off, after the guys left, I remeasured. Surely it was too small... but it wasn't.

Now the foundation is mostly in, it looks small but my neighbor across the field asked, what are you building over there, a mansion? I told him it looks small to me, he said to come and look at it from his place, which I should have done but didn't.

My daughter went out with me today, and she is afraid it is too small....

So I will try to be patient and wait for the magical transformation :-)

    Bookmark   August 13, 2009 at 2:05AM
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2ajsmama

Just wait til you get furniture in - then it'll look really small LOL! Don't buy any new furniture until it's done and you can measure, lay out traffic flow and even then, buy smaller/less furniture than what you think you can fit.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2009 at 7:57AM
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