Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Dr. Gooch, Can We Swing It?

We returned for a second look. There is a question of square-footage. Or, should I say, the square-footage is questionable. What I have coined "Farmhouse 2" is just under 2000 square feet, has three bedrooms, and no formal dining room. With four growing littles, we wonder if we would be bursting at the seams...




...or if the 10 acres, studio retreat, and mile high swing would make squishy feel more spacious.
What do you think? Is it so bad to keep your most-loved ones so close?

24 comments:

Ashley Thalman said...

oh Jordan, IT IS INCREDIBLE! I think it is perfect. You swinging on that swing makes me very very happy.

Dana said...

Is adding on to the home a possibility in the future?

So many wonderful positives to this home but space is also a huge consideration!

Michelle said...

The house we have chosen is on the small side too but we're planning on making additions. What's great about this farm house is that it looks like you could live there while renovations or additions are made. Tough to decide. Good Luck!

Jordan said...

The home runs on a septic system and well. The wells out in such settings are built according to the number of bedrooms. This well most likely only support the 3 existing rooms and would be costly to expand.

Dana said...

As the kids get bigger what about making a bedroom or two out of the studio?

Would that be possible?

sara said...

NO- not on a plot like that! How could you feel squeezed in w/ so much land to run free on!? Maybe in the winter, but being close is not a bad thing!
Oh I wish I were on that swing right now!

m driver said...

keep your babies close..they will leave soon enough
AND...less to clean!!!!!
xoxoxo

Tracy said...

AND...less to clean!!!!!

Very good point.

I'd say if you're not planning on having more kids, and then only because of the studio and all that magnificent outdoor space, you could totally do it.

So all three girls would have to share a room...that's not a bad thing. We've got all three of our boys in the same room, and that's not even out of necessity. It builds character in kids to have to share a room, and it increases sibling bonds. (I guess if you had a another boy you could still swing it, but how do you guarantee that? I can't imagine having four kids in the same room, unless they're very big rooms.)

BTW, I love the swing pictures!

TX Girl said...

I think 2000 sq feet is COMPLETELY doable. I'm sad there isn't a formal dining room, especially given your entertaining tendencies, but.. 10 acres. In the summer you could make your own dining room.

The swing, oh that swing.. it makes up for the lacking square footage.

The Comeaux Family said...

these photos are so awesome. i want to frame them and hang them in my 1300 sf home :) while I'm not a photogrpaher, I really think you have a great eye for composing a photograph

Katy said...

We have less sq footage, less yardage, and one more kiddie--YES! You want them outside during the day and close at night.

Ann said...

We were happiest in our 600-sq.ft graduate school apartment. So cozy. It looks like a dream.

Ann said...

Hi, I found your blog awhile back...I think through NieNie.

The five of us live in a 1600 sqft 1960s ranch house- we moved here from a 2000 sqft home, yet we never feel a lack of space. We also have a huge yard, which we spend a lot of time in (we live in SC), and it IS a lot less to clean! I also try to keep our home simplistic and uncluttered.

I LOVE your photos...the house is so warm and inviting. And the swing and the acreage? To die for!

sara b said...

That first photo of Lucy is the best!

Who needs square footage when you have a mile high swing?

Keep em' close at night and give em' 10 acres to run wild on during the day. PERFECT!

Rebecca said...

Well, that swing is worth the price alone, don't you think? m

Kurt Knudsen said...

Lucy's smile says it all. A tree attached to a swing like that is a rare find.

Jessica said...

You do have the guest retreat so I think it is awesome. We live in a roughly 2000 square foot place but with a teeny tiny yard so our place plus ten acres? Perfect!

Jenny Dahl said...

I'm taking a chance here and saying busting at the seams. But I have children who need their space and alone time and in 2000 sq. ft. they might not be able to find "their" spot. But, that swing is tempting!!

Anonymous said...

If the price fits, the house will fit. Nothing feels better than owning your own home.

Tasha said...

Its a toss up! I do think its nice to have a tad more space, but with the studio (I wouldn't want to share that with anyone!). I don't know, you do love to entertain...

Michelle said...

I love this kind of thing seeing how a family can work into home space- how about a long breezway connecting to the studio, the breezway doubling as a dining room? The house is just gorgeous, good luck!

amy m said...

I love smaller houses and the acres are to die for. I feel like your living a dream.

Ann said...

Swing it baby!

Katherine said...

I love those swing pictures.