I feel like I have found my people
Hi! I currently live in a 3600 sf house, but not for much longer. The house before that was 3000 sf. Before that, 1500 that we put an addition onto and made 2500 sf. I'm sure you can see a trend.
A great thing happened at this current 3600 sf house. It was built in 1977 and has smaller, more defined rooms than many of the "open concept" houses that followed the 1970s era homes. We discovered that we like the smaller rooms better!
Granted, at 3600 sf, this place is not all small rooms, and they are not tiny, but they are definitely not cavernous, as we've experienced in prior homes.
The children have grown up and are in the last throes of college. One graduates in a few days and the other two in the next year or so. I expect them to launch from the nest and all be gone within 2 years.
We have sold our current 3600 sf house and bought a 1940s bungalow/cottage that is around 1980 square feet. I think I squeezed in here just under the gun. We are scheduled to close on both houses on Friday. I am spending my time left here in the big house thinking about what furniture I no longer need while desperately hoping my king-sized sleigh bed will fit in the 13 x 14 new master bedroom (but only because I'm cheap and it's only a few years old). Fortunately there is a big walk-in closet, a thing I have not had in this current house, so the clothes and dresser can go in there. Keeping my fingers crossed.
The new home is a bit of a fixer but hopefully nothing we can't handle. The worst of it is the kitchen, which is much smaller than we are used to--that's not the problem. The problem is that it's kind of awful. I think it must have been redone in the 1980s and it's bad. The other bad thing is the downstairs bathroom, which we are tackling first because, did I mention, my elderly mother lives with us. This will be her bathroom, and she will be occupying the downstairs bedroom as well. So, that has to get done first to accommodate her needs. We will also be fixing a small kitchenette for her in the back porch/laundry room so she can keep her kitchen stuff a little separate from ours (she is way more tidy than we are, so this is a respect thing for her).
I am not sure I would have thought this downsizing thing was a great idea had I not had many months of an almost empty home and lots of contemplation that we basically only live in a few of the rooms. If we did not have to accommodate my mother and the fact that I work from home and have to maintain an office of sorts, I might have wanted to go even smaller. I figure this size is just right--room for future grandchildren visits (rather distant in the future, hopefully), room for my mom, and room for us without being right on top of one another.
It's so nice to see all the normal kitchens that are posted here! I look at the ones in the kitchen forum and while they are gorgeous, they would be overkill for my little cottage/bungalow. I actually don't really prefer granite and I don't need or want anything extravagant. I want it to make sense for the period of the house and not look trendy at all. I can tell already that is harder than it looks.
Anyway, hi! Thanks for being here, small house people! You're great and I have enjoyed reading the threads here over the last few days.