How do you feel about the size of your house?
So I came across this, and as the owner of a 1700 (give or take) square foot home in a neighborhood of roughly similar sized homes (though the furthest back street in the development has the largest homes - built on various sized lots, some are even smaller lots than ours is built on which kind of strikes me as weird!) - I started wondering if there are homeowners whose experience with their home purchase is the same as what the article discusses. Have you bought a house and been pleased for the first year or so, only to drive past a new residential development with *even larger* homes and become dissatisfied? Did you suddenly feel the urge to put your house on the market much sooner than you would have otherwise, all because you wanted to get into a much bigger, newer, fancier home? Do you think that this whole "Keeping up with the Jones' (or Kardashians? Lol)" thing is getting out of control? Honestly, it might be better if more people were making a conscious decision to prioritize what's necessary - a house that is big enough to contain what you need it to contain, spending what you can afford to spend without extending yourself beyond what is sensible, and if you can't figure out where those limits are at - going to an expert who can help you do that. An expert who can give you a rational explanation not an overly optimistic-without-significant-evidence-supporting-such-optimism one.
The mister and I wanted a house that would have space for children (we are licensed foster parents and adopted two kiddos officially in December 2018), ourselves, and wasn't so huge that it would mean losing most of the weekend every week keeping it maintained and clean. At a little over 1700SQFT we have 3bed/3bath, plenty of closet space, a nice open living room and kitchen on the main floor without things being *too open*, a basement, laundry room, and attached garage (critical when you live in Nebraska but don't leave for the winters). We don't *need* a bigger house! My parents' home in a neighborhood 10 minutes away is a HUGE, 3bed/3.5bath, walkout basement with two 'unfinished' rooms that are under their 3 car garage that at least one of said rooms is intended to provide protection in the event of a severe storm/tornado direct-ish hit. I can't see myself or the mister wanting to spend the amount of time involved keeping a home the size of my parents' clean. My brother and my SIL have 4 kids, 3 of them are boys - I get why they have a bigger house, and why it has a door at the top of the stairs going down into their basement level rooms (lol). The mister and I were living in a 2story loft townhouse back in SoCal with 986squft, the layout lacked a presence of walls where one would need them (needed walls enclosing the loft upstairs which was the bedroom and had the walk-in closet along with the only bathroom so any guest who needed to use the restroom had to traipse through our bedroom area) and besides the lack of privacy that meant leaving the house if you needed to spend some time away from each other, there wasn't room for even just 1-2 kids to live there.