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#1 TillyTake2

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:12 PM

We have a 3 bed (small), 1 bath, one living area (combined lounge, dining, kitchen) home with a small deck & yard. We have one child & plan to have 2 more. We'd always thought we could stay in this home until our oldest was around 10-12 (youngest probably 6 by then). Reading the other thread has made me wonder... Is this really practical? Do other people love in small homes (or apartments even!) with 3 kids?

#2 *Tess*

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:15 PM

Yep!
3 kids in a 2 bedroom plus sleep out, one bathroom home here.
If we had anything bigger it would take longer to clean!

#3 Expelliarmus

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:19 PM

My oldest is 12. The house is definitely now too small. It did all right until now though.

#4 BetteBoop

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:20 PM

Of course it is. Don't get suck into the belief that you need a big house for kids.

Only a generation ago it was very common for 3 kids to be raised in a 3brm, 1 bath home. This generation has an obsession with massive homes.

#5 EsmeLennox

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:20 PM

Of course they do, I grew up in a vey small 3x1 and there were 5 kids!



#6 paula1

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:21 PM

I grew up with my parents and three kids in a 1 living room, 1 bathroom/toilet 3 bedroom house.

It was fine, never thought anything of it. I certainly never thought it was too small!
I remember growing up thinking how boring our house looked and have always loved older homes with character.
Now that i'm an adult I finally have an older home.  Usually these homes in their original state only do have 2-3 bedrooms.

Edited by paula1, 18 November 2012 - 06:38 PM.


#7 GlitterFeralFarts

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:25 PM

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Edited by Freakypet, 12 December 2012 - 09:54 PM.


#8 Soontobegran

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:27 PM

Yes. We had 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom/toilet , 1 living room with 4 kids and 2 adults. We put an extension on just before we got pregnant with #5, it was nice but we could have lived without it.
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#9 IsolaBella

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:29 PM

I currently live in this with kids 3, 5 & 7yrs. Our 'yard' is 5x5m so tiny.

We are feeling how small the place is now.

Problem is I love the area. To get a bigger place would mean an extra $1m which we don't have, so I will complain, dream of extending up or purchasing a bigger block, but we live here.

Hopefully by the time DS1 is 10-12yrs we will be able to purchase a bigger place.

My sanity is probably the thing more at risk. As the Boys (5 & 7yrs) share a room it is not as if I can send them to their rooms if they are fighting LOL!!!

#10 liveworkplay

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:29 PM

We have 3 kids in a small 3 bedroom home. My only grip at the moment (they are 3, 6 and 8) is no storage, but that has nothing to number of people. I am thinking we will have to think about  renovating or moving in 5 years or so.

#11 ms flib

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:30 PM

We had 3 kids in a 2BR with one living and one bath. We put in a second toilet.

A year ago we upgraded to a 3BR house and again put in a 2nd toilet. This is it for us!

#12 IsolaBella

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:31 PM

I was 12yrs of age when my parents finished the extension to the 3bd house we originally had. My brother was 15yrs and my sister 5yrs.

We loved having the extra room of the extension. I think I would not have survived the teenage years sharing with my sister who was 7yrs younger. I was already ready to kill her at 12yrs of age.



#13 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:39 PM

re storage
cause I think that would be the only problem
(been there done that)
Look at creating an attic storage space
can be a saviour

#14 kpingitquiet

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:45 PM

To me, it's all about the dining space and if you have any pets. We could easily have 3 or even 4 kids in our 3+1 (plus rumpus, but that's mostly storage) but the dining space barely fits the three of us and two 30kg dogs take up a lot of room, too. If we had more dining space and no dogs (or small dogs or cats) there would be plenty of space to live until teen years, then it might get pretty crowded.

#15 elegie

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:46 PM

Why don't you have some more children and see how you go before thinking about buying a new house?

People in Australia seem to think they need a McMansion but it's really not necessary. Many people do just fine in a small house, kids sharing bedrooms - it might encourage them to communicate.

#16 paula1

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:49 PM

Just a question about storage....what are you storing exactly?

Do you mean clothes, toys etc or things that you never use or maybe a xmas tree/decos? Books?

I can't imagine or even contemplate storing so much stuff. Special things that kids have made, documents, some books i need to keep somewhere but there are things that i have that i haven't looked at in 2 years.

I'm definately going to start eliminating s&*t that i never look at.

#17 **Tiger*Feral**

Posted 18 November 2012 - 07:08 PM

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Edited by Tyrone Finkelmeyer, 26 March 2013 - 08:57 PM.


#18 RealityBites

Posted 18 November 2012 - 07:20 PM

We live in a 3 bedroom (two are double-size), 1.5 bathroom, tiny living area, tiny kitchen cottage/house. Lovely big veranda and garden though!

My two DDs will have to share a bedroom when #3 arrives. We use the attic for storage (mainly kids' clothes for re-use, crates and crates of them!) I am thinking about somehow closing some of our veranda in for extra living/play area in winter.

My DD1 is 10yo; the house has felt cramped ever since DD2 came along. We are planning to renovate at some stage, dependent on finances.

#19 TillyTake2

Posted 18 November 2012 - 07:23 PM

QUOTE (elegie @ 18/11/2012, 07:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why don't you have some more children and see how you go before thinking about buying a new house?


LOL. We have zero intention of purchasing another house, it would more be a matter of limiting the number of children. We can't afford a bigger house so we'll be here for the next 10yrs or so.

#20 mumto3princesses

Posted 18 November 2012 - 07:27 PM

QUOTE (TillyTake2 @ 18/11/2012, 07:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We have a 3 bed (small), 1 bath, one living area (combined lounge, dining, kitchen) home with a small deck & yard. We have one child & plan to have 2 more. We'd always thought we could stay in this home until our oldest was around 10-12 (youngest probably 6 by then). Reading the other thread has made me wonder... Is this really practical? Do other people love in small homes (or apartments even!) with 3 kids?


That is exactly what our place is with an extra toilet in the laundry. No problem at all. Oldest is 13.5yrs and twins will be 9yrs this week.

eta: And we were even in a 2BR unit until about 18mths ago which we were living in before DD1 was born.

Edited by mumto3princesses, 18 November 2012 - 07:28 PM.


#21 Princess Bubblegum

Posted 18 November 2012 - 07:29 PM

I grew up in a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 living area home and it was ridiculous how little space we had. I could not escape from my family... ever! Eventually I got my own room, and it was OK, but my sisters shared a room until they were 19 and 15.

I know I don't "need" a house with multiple living areas, and one bedroom for each child, but I really, really, really, really want one. I work hard and I think I deserve to be able to come home from a day filled with children repeatedly calling my name and asking me to do things for them and have enough space to escape from children repeatedly calling my name and asking me to do things for them!

- My ideal home has enough bedrooms for each child, and a children's retreat/rumpus with a door, so it can be hidden from the view of the main house (so I can pretend the mess doesn't exist if I need to).
- A separate parents "wing" with lots of wardrobe space, and an ensuite with a BIG bath
- A lovely big kitchen and lots of bench space.
- Lots and lots and lots of storage
- A study with lockable doors (from the inside!).

Ultra-ideal home would have all this plus a guest room with ensuite, and a pool.

#22 FiveAus

Posted 18 November 2012 - 07:33 PM

There is a downside to a lot of storage.
My husband and I rattle around in a BIG three bedroom 2 bathroom house, it has huge living areas and loads of storage. We didn't buy the place for the house, but for the land and outbuildings....we have a 3 car garage, a huge workshop and various other small garden/wood storage sheds.

And we've never accumulated so much crap in all of our lives! At least with less storage space you're forced to make decisions and discard unused belongings. But since moving here, I've discovered my husband is a bit of a magpie and he's always bringing stuff home.....stuff that he thinks we'll use one day. Right now it's just taking up space!


#23 melaine

Posted 18 November 2012 - 07:35 PM

I think it's fine. I think some extra space is useful as they grow up, but little people want to be where you are anyway, so I've found extra play spaces are really only useful if you are there with them anyway (or as storage space for more and more toys).

We have two in a very small 3x1. It's fine. I'd have another - though  our bedrooms are small so it would be tight to fit another in a bedroom.

#24 YellowKittyGlenn

Posted 18 November 2012 - 07:36 PM

I grew up in a 3 bedroom house with 2 adults and eventually 5 kids. When my little sister was 4 my oldest sister moved out. so then was 4 kids in a 3 bedroom. We had one bathroom as well so imagine 4 teenage girls in 1 bathroom plus my parents lol always fun times. We had a decent size lounge/dinning area it was seperated by carpet in the lounge, floor boards in the dining room and a kitchen that you had to walk through the dining room to get to the kitchen.
It's 100% doable I dont see the point in getting a huge house unless you have maybe 5+ kids but each to their own.

Edited by YellowKittyGlenn, 18 November 2012 - 07:38 PM.


#25 Nofliesonme

Posted 18 November 2012 - 07:42 PM

We bought recently and we bought a 4 bed plus guest house(  no bathroom facilities) and built a 21mtr x 9mtr shed.... On 2 acres. We figured we will have 4 kids in 3 rooms, the guest house is currently office/ band... And the shed there are 2 bays that are a rumpus room type set up..... The kids I'll have space to get away if need be.... But we also coped just fine in a 3 bed etc etc up until now.

I really want a 2nd toilet.




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