Years ago I felt like the most important feature of a house for me was space. I wanted as much room as possible because I didn't like the feeling of everyone being on top of each other and all our stuff crowding us out.
However after four years of renting three different houses, all of which have been smaller than the house we sold before starting to rent, my priorities have changed quite a bit. Maybe it's the fact that living in so many different houses in a short period of time has really taught me what I want in a house, or maybe it's just that I'm getting older and more practical, but I am now at the point where size takes a backseat to quality.
Don't get me wrong, I still would love having plenty of room. I definitely wouldn't turn down a huge, gorgeous house if it was in our budget. But because we have a budget, and because it can't get me every single thing I want in a house, I've realized I'd much rather sacrifice space so that we could afford the kind of finishes I want. It no longer seems fun to have some massive house if it took up so much of our budget that we had to settle for an interior that was cheap and bland. What's way too expensive at 4,000 sf could be much more doable at half the size, so I'm happy to live a little more cozily if I have to if it means I can have the kind of floors/cabinets/lighting/etc that I want.
Because of this new outlook, I've been admiring homes where rooms have to pull double (or triple!) duty since there isn't the space for a separate room for every need.
This closet/office combo is by far my favorite multi-purpose room that I've seen lately. It makes me feel like I never want to blog anywhere but in a closet ever again.
What would you prefer if you had to choose- plenty of space, or better finishes?