You know your house is big when...
This is a take-off on Lavender Lass's thread on "What's the secret to wanting a smaller home?" It came to me last night. I walked in around 8 pm, after working late and having dinner with a friend. There was a slightly "scorched" or burning smell to the family room. Well, I had to run to the bathroom, then to the bedroom to change my clothes, and I asked DH to check the family room for hot plugs and electronics. While I was on the other side of the house, we were trying to communicate, and were having great difficulty doing so. I would holler at him, he would (from my point of view, of course) mutter something back that I could not hear. He was telling me that he could not hear me. He had the TV on in the family room, too, but in our former (and smaller) house, we would have heard each other anyway.
So that is one sign to me that the house is too big. I can't talk to him from anywhere in the house! Are there ways that you know that the house is big? Another one for me is that I cannot vacuum this this 1675 sq ft house without unplugging the vacuum cleaner and plugging it in again somewhere else. In my 1200 sq ft house, one central plug could get it all.
On the other hand, I am not saying I want to give up my huge master bedroom (16 x 14), the separate living room and family rooms, the half bath, the laundry room... As a matter of fact, I would not mind having a bigger laundry room!