By all accounts, Americans are hungering after bigger and bigger houses, while families are getting smaller and smaller. In 2007, the average home is 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths. And, not surprisingly, even though these newer homes are more energy efficient, their environmental footprint is every bit as dramatic, if not moreso, because of the square footage now required to air condition and heat.
Over a year ago, b and I bought our first new house here in Bellingham. It’s a lovely and has (you guessed it) 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The yard is relatively low-maintenance and shady and the kids love their colorful bedrooms.
But I miss my sweet little cottage. The small spaces and one-bedroom easy cleaning Willow that I lived in with my girls. In the end, kids with their forts have it right: There is something comforting about small spaces, with low-ceilings, and white appliances. Something sweet and pure and lovely.
When you have kids, or get older, or both, creating and sustaining a home that feels safe, secure, and cozy, seems so much more important. In my 20s, I could move every 6 months just for the fun and sport of it. Now I want to create a home that feels warm when you walk in the door. Meanwhile, my longing for home is channeled into surfing for real estate all the time…
How about you? What’s home to you? Are you a secret real estate hussy like me?