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#1 BentoBaby

Posted 09 February 2012 - 09:38 AM

This is a bit of a spin off and I know that 3-4 kids isn't really a LARGE family but I thought you ladies would be able to help!

How big are your bedrooms? We live in a 3 bedroom duplex & at the moment the room DS is in is TINY (as in 2.1x2.8 meters!!) But we are hoping in the future to turn that into the bathroom & covert the bathroom & hall into a new slightly larger room. The bedrooms would still be small but I'm hoping at least one room can house 2 kids.

Also, do you have one living/dining area or multiple rooms? We have a small combined living/dining/kitchen & I wonder whether that combined with small share bedrooms is doable with 3 (or even 4 maybe) kids? A bigger house is not an option until the oldest is closer to 10-12.

#2 HighlandPinky

Posted 09 February 2012 - 09:54 AM

We have 6 children, and live in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house.  The master bedroom is quite big, but the 2 other bedrooms are average sized (3x3 i think).  We have the 2 youngest ones in one room and the 4 older in the other room.

We have an average sized kitchen, and a sitting/dining room.  The place where the garage should be has been converted to another living area, so we sort of have 2 living areas, but the second is taken up with computer stuff and toys.

Having all the kids in 2 rooms is not ideal, but it's doable.  They don't mind sharing most of the time.  We're just beginning to do some renos and an extension, so it wont' be for long (we've lived here for nearly 7 years).  By far the worst parts of this house is lack of storage for clothes (all 6 children's clothes are in one built in, and 2 chests of drawers, in the one room), lack of storage in the kitchen, no room for a dining table larger than 6 chairs, and only one bathroom.

Once the renos are done, we will have 4 bedrooms and a study, 2 bathrooms, a larger kitchen and sitting area, and room for an 8 seater dining table!  I can't wait!

#3 BentoBaby

Posted 09 February 2012 - 09:58 AM

Wow Mrs Doyle!! We only have one bathroom/toilet & one small living area (1 x 3-4 seated couch & 2 small chairs). I think the lack of living area will be a huge issue for us unfortunately. We have nowhere for a computer desk/storage etc. We do have decent kitchen storage though. We also don't have an internal laundry (it is under the house which is outside & through a gate & down some stairs). I am trying to find a way to move the washing machine into the bathroom to help with this.

#4 Bobsygirls

Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:01 AM

We are a family of 5. I have three daughters and we live in a big four bedroom house. Our bedrooms are all large. We currently have our older daughters sharing a room, a playroom and a spare bedroom with the baby in with us. I'm not sure what we will do as the baby gets older possibly put her in with the middle girl and give our big girl her own room but it will depend on what they prefer. I have no objection to them being all in together if that is what they want.

We only have one bathroom plus two toilets. We will definitely be adding a second bathroom at some point.

#5 CafeCat

Posted 09 February 2012 - 02:44 PM

How big are your bedrooms?

We has all 7 of us across 3 bedrooms. It worked while the kids were little. All their clothes were little. Everything fitted. When they started getting bigger (primary school age) things got cramped fast. We renovated making our house 6-7 bedrooms.

Also, do you have one living/dining area or multiple rooms?

Pre-renovation we had a small area away form the living space for their toys. Sometimes they played there. Most of the time they dragged whatever it was into the living/kitchen/dining area.

Like you, our renovations didn't take place until the eldest was 11. By then it was sorely needed!

#6 KristyMum-

Posted 09 February 2012 - 06:04 PM

6 of us (2 adults, 4 children ages 12, 10, nearly 7 and 3)
we have a 3 x 1
the youngest has just moved out of our bed into a big bed.
we did have DD1 in her own room and DS2 and DS1 in the other
now we have DD1 and DS1 in one room and DS2 and DS3 in the other room.

the people before us convered the back patio to a back room - I guess you'd call a 'games' room
there's the lounge room/dining (which is long, rather than square and cosy, but it fits)
and we did have a dining and kitchen pre reno but took out the wall to make one larger kitchen (plus the dining room was barely used)

I actually don't want a larger house.
or any extra bathrooms.

What I want is to 'finish' this place (walls unpainted, trims not on etc - only one room has been completely finished) and then increase our grid solar (only 1.5kw atm), increase our rainwater capcity (only 950 litres DIY atm), increase our f&v production/space etc and make what we have more efficient.

in that light I have been thinking 'what if we got rid of the back room, back patio and the shed?'... lol now THAT would increase food production area significantly!

Edited by KristyMum-, 09 February 2012 - 06:07 PM.

#7 *maddierose*

Posted 09 February 2012 - 06:52 PM

We have just bought a new house and are a family of 6. 2 adults, 2 teens and 2 young ones .

Our previous house was 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, lounge, dining, family and rumpus.

Our new house is 4 bedrooms, however we have put french doors onto the formal  dining to make a 5th bedroom and we are having a proper wall put in, in 6 weeks. So the children all have their own rooms. They are average sized with the new room being slightly larger.

We have 2 bathrooms plus a down stairs toilet.

average sized kitchen and laundry.

Living spaces we have a seperate study/office which is bedroom sized. Formal lounge, informal dining, a family room and an up stairs rumpus.

So quiet a biggish house with plenty of room but TBH we do not use all of the space. We could live without the study and formal lounge.

Edited by belnryan, 09 February 2012 - 06:53 PM.

#8 coco100

Posted 10 February 2012 - 12:34 PM

We have 3 children and our house is 4 bed, 2 bath 2 living.

Our room is 4x3.8. DD1 and DS room are about 3.8x3.8 and DD2s room is smaller at 4x2.7.

At the moment DD1 and DS are choosing to share DD1's room as she has bunks in there but his room has been kept as is because sometimes they like to sleep in separate rooms and eventually I'm sure he will want to go back to his room permanently.

#9 *Caro*

Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:05 PM

This thread is really timely for me, as we are in the process of finalising house plans and working out how much space we need in our new house.

We are currently in a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house, which should be fine but it is quite badly laid out, so it doesn't work too well for us.  We have our 2 boys (1 & 3) sharing a room which has room for a cot, toddler bed, change table and nothing else!  We don't have a proper laundry, only a cupboard and we can only fit a 5.5kg washing machine in there.  One of the things we have done to get around lack of storage is to give each kid an under-bed roller tub where they store most of their clothes.  

Our new place will be 5 bedrooms, proper laundry, kitchen with walk-in pantry, combined kitchen-family-dining, and a rumpus room.  We're going to have a small ensuite for DH and I, and a three-way bathroom for the kids to share.  Some friends have suggested we need a powder room, a study and a sitting room, but we're trying to keep things a bit more lean - not only because we don't want to clean a huge house, but why pay for rooms that you don't really NEED? A sitting room might be nice, but how often would we really use it? I grew up in a house with only one living room, and whilst it wasn't ideal, it certainly meant we spent time together as a family and learnt to negotiate use of the room!

Edited by *Caro*, 14 February 2012 - 08:11 PM.

#10 Sif

Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:53 PM

We have two adults and four children, all boys aged 12, 10, 6 and 3. Our house technically has three bedroom, but one of those has to be available to Dh's elderly mother and very soon we will need it to store the contents of the garage which the owners are going to demolish to make way for two townhouses in our back yard.

So, all four boys are in the same room. The three younger ones don't mind, but the eldest has made his wishes for his own space known a fair bit lately...

#11 miaandme

Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:03 PM


We are a family of 6 and have 5 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms + study.  We have a combined kitchen, living and dining and then another toy/media room and then a small upstairs rumpus.

Prior to building this house we had 4 bedrooms (one very tiny) and one bathroom.  Bathrooms weren't an issue as all my kids are small.  We also had one living space and a large deck, so it wasn't all that squished.  If it had just one more living space we could have happily stayed there.

I think its very personal what you need.  In our old house it was a bit claustrophic as I had 3 out of 4 kids home most of the week, so it felt like there was always someone underfoot.  But I think if the kids were older and at school most of the time that wouldn't be such an issue.  Plus soooo many toys with little kids, that does dwindle over time.

Good luck

#12 Fabulous

Posted 23 April 2012 - 06:37 PM

We are a family of 7. We currently live in a small 4 bed, 2 bath, 1 living area house. We are currently building a 6 bed, study, 3 living areas house. We chose 3 x 4m for all of the minor bedrooms. Our house is going to be 350 sqm which is 3 times the floor area of our current house!!

Edited by Fabulous, 23 April 2012 - 06:40 PM.

#13 MickeyBoo

Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:06 AM

We have four kids, very soon to be five, and two adults in the house. We have three bedrooms, one bathroom, teensy kitchen, dining, lounge and large rumpus with a big backyard.

The kids bedrooms are small at around 2.7x2.4 and the master bedroom is bigger with a large built in robe (we can fit a king bed in there comfortably). We have two kids in bunks in each room and they fit well with room to move.

We're in the process of getting extensions done which will give us a large parents retreat style room with 3x3m ensuite, and 3x3m WIR, an extra 2 bedrooms at 3x3m each with an additional space between for BIRs, a new dining area, extended living area and bigger kitchen. We're also looking at having the BIR in our original master bedroom split so that the bedroom behind has a BIR too. The changes will almost double our floor space from about 100-200sqm.

Our eldest kid is almost 10 and our youngest is 2.5, and there's been no issue with sharing so far, but with the addition of a #5 we need to get the house sorted this year and they will end up with having a room each, or two will share the larger room and we can use one of the smaller rooms as a study and open up the rumpus a bit more.

I couldn't imagine having them all squished in there once the older two hit their teen years and we have felt a little overcrowded at times here, but the extra living space and large backyard gives us room to move away from each other. My biggest sore point is the kitchen and only having one bathroom.

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