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ok ladies - still struggling with this one....which would you prefer as a mom and why
the bigger house (3500sq feet? ) and .5 acres
or the bigger yard (1.5 acres) 2000 sq feet
how many people (and pets) do you have living in the house?
I would rather have more outside.
I live in 1400ish size house (3bedrooms/2 bath) and it is just perfect for me, my husband and son.
Also with the smaller house you can always build onto it with having the extra acreage.
Are having other houses close to you an issue? with the smaller yard you are more likely to have a closer neighbor.
as a mom and wife (who does most of the cleaning) i want a house that is easier to keep clean. and would love to have the kids go outside to play.
Where are you?
If I were in California, where I used to live, the answer would be the larger back yard, hands down. I'd be outside most days of the year for a large portion of the day. If I were in the Seattle area, where I am now, I would likely go with the bigger house, since I'd be inside for most of the day half the year. (DD and I go out in the rain/cold/etc., but not for as long as when it's nice.)
Do you have money for a gardener or family/friends/neighbors to hire on the cheap?
Large yards take lots of maintenance, even when they're fairly low maintenance designs. We spend most weekends with a large portion (half? at least a third) of our free time devoted to yard work of some kind, and we have less than a third of an acre (effectively) - though we do have a lot of back yard.
What sort of hobbies do you have?
If you want an orchard and a garden and maybe a goat (half-kidding), then go for more yard. (I have more garden than I can keep up with in our place, though, so I don't know that I could manage anything bigger.) If you're more indoorsy - crafts and cooking and whatnot - then I'd go with more indoor space.
So... my answer comes down how you live your life!
I'd be happy with 2000 sf - we're in 1400 right now and pretty cramped, mostly for lack of storage space.
So, if the smaller house has good storage space, then go for the yard. If there isn't good storage space, I'd go for the bigger house.
It would really depend on the size of your family and the location of the house.
It's me, dh, dd (15 months) and soon to be a newborn in 1700 sq feet and we're plenty happy. Of course, the layout of the house also has a lot to do with that. There's no unusable space in our house.
What would you do with more yard? Would you want to plant a garden? Small livestock? Do you have big dogs that would enjoy the space? Or would it just be more work to keep mowed and landscaped? We really enjoy having 2 acres, as does our furbaby (a German Shepherd) but it's a lot of work to keep up, especially during the summer, and we're adding some rabbits, chickens, and a garden to that this spring/summer, so that work is about to triple, but we enjoy working outside. Do you live in an area you can actually enjoy being outside a lot or would you be cooped up inside for inclement weather a lot?
It's really dependent on a lot of factors.
I guess it depends on your priorites.
Do you spend a lot of time outdoors? Do you have the time or money to keep up with landscaping and gardening? Do you have weather that will allow you to use your backyard as often as you'd like? If so, go with the big yard.
Are you a homebody? Do you live in a cold/snowy/rainy climate? Do you hate yardwork and/or gardening or lack the funds to pay someone to do it for you? If so, go with the bigger house.
I really don't like either of your options. I'd prefer a smaller house with a managable yard. We live in 800 sq ft right now, so 2000 sq ft sounds huge to me. 3500 sq ft sounds enormous and I'd hate to have to keep it all clean. But I also live in a cooler, rainy climate. We do spend time outdoors, but the yard/garden tends to get neglected from October - June. And I hate yardwork and gardening, so a huge yard sounds like a burden.
Basically, I'm an urban dweller. :-)
I'd go with the 2000sq ft house. Our house was 1200 sq. ft. ranch (full basement, about 3/4 finished) on a half acre lot and we just added on just over 600 sq. ft. The 1850 or so sq. ft. is perfect. I love our house and really wouldn't want it any bigger because there's already enough to clean. Also, someday we'll finish the new basement (we put full basement with egress window under the addition) and have another 600 sq. ft. of room.
Our yard is plenty big enough though, so if you went with the bigger house, it'd probably still be enough yard for you. My husband would love to have over an acre though.
I'd do the bigger house, but it's hotter than Hades here from June-November. Plus, the half acre gives me plenty of room to garden, so my outdoor hobbies are covered.
I agree with the PPers - your location, family size and what you plan to do with the land/space matter a lot. House layout also matters a lot. I'd run a pros and cons list and see where I ended up.
Bigger house. You are in your house more than you are outside, in general. Like PP said, parks are free, and you can make do with whatever yard you have.
Just reading the subject line I picked bigger house. But with those choices I think I would pick the bigger yard. I am looking for a 2000 sq foot house though (with DH, 3 kids, and I in mind). If I found the house I wanted with 1.5 acres...I would be in heaven! Although, this is with the mind that the other house would be a bit too much for me. Too much to clean/heat/keep cool/ect.
chicsahm:We have a half acre lot with a house that is 5,000sq ft and might I just say.... the yard is plenty big. We plan on finishing it off with a patio, playlet when DS is old enough and place for garden. Right now DH hates to mow already. We had looked at lots with 2 acres and SO GLAD we didn't. Yard work takes enough time as it is!!
This. Including the finished basement ours is 4500 with .5 acre. Our yard is plenty big. We have a large rainbow swing set, just put on a 500sq ft patio and have plenty of yard space.
To me even the smaller yard is huge and would meet our needs (and we spend a lot of time in our backyard). I'd consider things like neighbourhood, schools, places to walk to. If even I'd lean towards the bigger house.
Um. I live in Chicago so I don't actually understand and cannot comprehend what a half acre yard is but it sounds FREAKING GIGANTIC. Why would you want such a big yard? Don't you have to mow the lawn? pay landscapers, etc? What do you want to play football in the yard?
I would pick (in your specific circumstance) bigger house, because seriously what the heck do you need more than 1/2 an acre of land? Are you going to have horses or something?
(answered by a city girl OBVIOUSLY). You should see our yard it's so small but we love it because we have GRASS lol.
Bigger yard/land, hands down.
We're actually in the process of selling our house to downsize & get more land. I like privacy & plenty of room for DS to play outside.
Bigger yard hands down.
Bigger house = more cleaning and housework. I can't even keep up with the cleaning and housework in my small ranch.
skibunny59:Bigger yard hands down.Bigger house = more cleaning and housework. I can't even keep up with the cleaning and housework in my small ranch.
If you asked DH the same question he would probably disagree with me and go for the bigger house. He does the yard work and he HATES it. We have a 1/3 of an acre now and he hates mowing it and it takes forever.
I still would vote for bigger yard. I love our yard and so does DD and our dog. And I hate housework and cleaning.