[This is part of a series of posts on the home buying process I'm going thru. To see the full set, visit the house category archives.]

After the place I saw the other day, I got to wondering how big my apartment really is. The place I saw was in the 1,500 square feet ballpark and just didn't feel very big. It seemed that I had quite a bit more room in my old 1,400 square foot house back in Ohio. I suspect a lot of that has to do with the floor plan. I wasn't very fond of what I saw. There seemed to be a lot of wasted space--at least from my ideas of where the space should be used. It was carved into too many smaller rooms.

So I busted out the tape measure. My apartment is 24 feet by 34 feet, or 816 square feet. And, except for wanting a bit more storage (in the form of a garage) it's basically big enough for me and the cats. I really had thought it was bigger than that, so now I'm starting to wonder if I shouldn't adjust my strategy a bit. Rather than looking for a 3 bedroom place where none of the rooms are quite large enough, perhaps I'd be better off looking at 2 bedroom places that are about 200 square feet smaller. In doing so, it seems that I'd be able to save quite a bit of cash--especially if I go a bit farther away.

One example is here.


Decisions, decisions...

Posted by jzawodn at January 19, 2004 12:15 AM

Reader Comments
# Andy said:

The roof looks pretty flat. Can't you use that?

on January 19, 2004 12:27 AM
# wil said:


Sounds like a piece of spam from my mailbox.

No interest in going for an old building then? They usually have higher ceilings and bigger floor spaces.

on January 19, 2004 02:59 AM
# Dan Isaacs said:

There is no doubt that flooplans make a huge difference. My 1500 sq.ft. ranch with it's transitional floorplan with open spaces in the living areas (Great room/Kit) and vaulted ceilings feels a lot bigger than my nieghbor's 1750 sq.ft. two story whic lacks the openess. Until you start putting stuff in it, size is about perception.

on January 19, 2004 06:43 AM
# Doug said:

I'm allergic to cats.

on January 19, 2004 08:00 AM
# Bill said:

What's with computer geeks and cats? Why not dogs?

on January 19, 2004 10:51 AM
# Randy said:

Computer Geeks have cats and not dogs because they don't want to get up and let the dog out. They would rather have there house smell like cat shit.

on May 3, 2007 07:53 AM
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