The next person that tells me that.....!!!
"I suppose now you'll be moving into your garage."
"How does it feel to have a garage bigger than your house?"
If I have to hear either of these statements ONE MORE TIME, I'll go postal!!
These statements are a result of prejudice. You see, our home is a 16x76 mobile home.
20 years ago, Wednesday, we purchased our home for $25,000. We moved it onto 10 lots of our own land, 2 miles from town. We have city water and sewer, and cable TV and internet. Our house is built of 2x6s, which gives us R-19 insulation in the walls, and R-22 in the double floors, and ceiling. We have high effeciency vinyl windows with separate combination storm windows. We have landscaped with evergreens on the north side of our house, and deciduous trees on the south. 11 years ago, during a stretch of 100 degree weather, we equipped our home with central air conditioning. Our house is VERY economical to heat and cool. WHY would we move into our garage, which is constructed of 2x4s and has a concrete floor?!
When we bought our mobile home, we thought we'd eventually build a bigger house on our lots. We looked at thousands of floor plans, and NEVER found one that we liked as well as our current home. NONE of the bedrooms and kitchens, in these floor plans, were as big as ours!
Our kids' bedrooms are 12x12 with HUGE closets. Our bedroom is 12x15 with a walk-in closet, and master bath with a garden tub. The kids' bedrooms and full bathroom are at one end of the house. Our bedroom is at the opposite end, with the living room and kitchen in between. Our kitchen has 22 feet of counter, with upper and lower cupboards all around. We also have a separate laundry/storage room.
What DON'T we have in our house? We don't have a formal dining room and a separate living room and family room. Our living room IS our family room. Our kitchen is the heart of our home. We prefer an "eat in" kitchen. We don't have a foyer. Why should we heat, cool, and CLEAN space that we'd NEVER use, like a foyer, formal dining room, and formal living room?
With the declining economic conditions in our town, we're happy that we didn't build a bigger home. Why? Because EVERYTHING we own, other than 1/2 of the garage, is totally PAID FOR! How many of the people, who ridicule our home, can say that?
By the way, our garage has 896 square feet of space. Our home has 1216 square feet of space. Yes, our home is bigger than our garage. SO THERE!!