I'll tell the second part of our story soon, but I thought I'd give some information on the size and layout of the house, just so everyone knows how much space we have.
Our house is a three bedroom ranch built on a concrete slab (no basement). Our whole neighborhood is full of these small ranches that were prefabs from a company called National Homes. The catalog shows the different styles and floor plans. We think ours is a variation of the Fremont floor plan. It originally had one bathroom, but we've added on a second full bath since moving in. The bedrooms measure approximately 10'x12'. We also have a living room and a pretty nice sized kitchen. We have our laundry room in a small area attached to the kitchen and some shelves for storage in this area as well. Our house is currently around 1,100 square feet after adding on the second bathroom and a small closet on the back of the home. We also have a two car detached garage.
For three people, this isn't bad at all. My daughter has her bedroom and we have ours. The third bedroom is currently used as an office/playroom/craft room. We have a coat closet and closets in each of the bedrooms, which is nice. The biggest issue for us is storage since we don't have a basement. I am most certainly not a minimalist, but I do not collect and keep large amounts of things, either.
Soon, I'll give you a visual tour of each of our rooms and talk about how we use the space and what works and doesn't work for us.
Tell me about your home! How many people live there and how many bedrooms and baths do you have? Does it feel spacious or cramped or just right for your family?