If you're looking for the questions to this week's Hodgepodge, you'll find them here.
Sometimes the intro to these A-Z Challenge posts remind me a little bit of Sesame Street. Today's post is brought to you by the letter D and the number 4.
Day 4-D is for Downsize
One of the first questions people ask when they hear we're building a house is 'Are you downsizing?'. Most people just assume the answer is yes because a) doesn't everyone say they're going to downsize when their kids are grown and b) our girls are grown, living in their own homes and c) we're close to retirement, in fact hubs was retired when we broke ground.
So are we downsizing?
So are we downsizing?
Not really. I mean a teensy bit, in that the actual square footage is less than our previous home, but that number doesn't include the covered deck or screened-in porch which are definitely spaces we'll live in once the house is finished. In fact those are likely the two places we'll spend the most time, so no we're not really downsizing.
Originally I did think we'd build a slightly smaller home, but when the time comes to say exactly what space you'll eliminate it all becomes a bit murky. We have two daughters, one is married and the other will be someday, and they'll hopefully add grandchildren to our family too. As much as I'd love to have my girls and their families set down roots in laketown it's not likely, at least not in the foreseeable future.
Hubs and I want to have a comfortable space for them to call their home away from home. A place where they can relax with their own families, and stay for more than a day or two without frayed nerves. We're nothing if not flexible here, and I know I could throw down an air mattress somewhere and my girls wouldn't complain, but since we're building why not make room?
Besides our own immediate family, hubs and I both have large extended families, none of whom live in laketown, and we want them to feel like visiting isn't an imposition. We also want our friends scattered here there and everywhere around the globe to come to the lake and make themselves at home too.
Maybe if you live in a place where your family can come for Christmas dinner then drive home and sleep in their own beds nearby you can downsize without much difficulty. Or perhaps you don't enjoy hosting houseguests, and prefer company stay in a nearby hotel. That's absolutely fine, but that's not us. We like our people under our feet, and in the kitchen keeping us company while we're making dinner, and sitting under the stars with us late into the night.
In addition to the family and friends piece, geography also played a part in the size of our home. Most lake lots are sloped, some quite sharply and others more gently, but either way you need to account for the slope of your lot in the design. We're building what is called a walk-out. Or maybe not, but that's what I call it. From the front our house appears to be a single story. From the back it's two full stories, thanks to the gentle slope of the lot. Whatever square footage you put upstairs needs to be matched downstairs.
They can grab a morning cup of coffee and sip it right here.
Maybe don't pack your bags just yet.