For a lot of of us, an 1100 square-foot home is on the small facet. Perfect, maybe, for a family of three or 4, however what we’d take into account too tight of a squeeze for extra. One way or the other although, the 11-member Shupe family from Skagit Valley, Washington, are making it work simply fantastic.
In a latest weblog put up on Massive Households on Goal, Bob and Erika gave the curious a photograph tour of their 1100 sq-ft residence, during which they increase 15-year-old Karen, 14-year-old Melanie, 10-year-old Brandon, Eight-year-old Anna Marie, 7-year-old Riley, Four-year-old Tyler, Three-year-old Spencer and Three-year-old twins Lacey and Lilly.
Take a look inside, and at what Erika needed to say about their home:
Erika: “Welcome! We bought our home in 2004 when it was nonetheless underneath development. It’s a smaller than common ‘break up degree,’ Four bed room and three rest room, 1,100 sq/ft (plus a 2-car storage), so the rooms are all small…
“So right here is the principle entry means.”
“Upstairs to the left is the family room.”
“Adjoining is the eating room which seats all 11 of us…
after which the kitchen.”
“The primary corridor. (Every of our youngsters’s images when they’re 1-year-old.)”
“Off of the upstairs hallway there’s a pantry on the proper, and a full rest room on the left.”
“The playroom, laptop lab, and college provide & craft storage room. There may be at present just one activity chair after which now we have folding chairs in a nook for others to make use of as properly. We’ve chosen to not have extra activity chairs but as they take up an excessive amount of flooring house which we use at present greater than activity chairs. Toys are saved within the storage tubs beneath the desk, and within the drawers…
“(toys and puzzles are saved in storage tubs and plastic containers and on cabinets in all of the white cubbies…)”
“Our master suite on the finish of the hallway upstairs,
with a full grasp tub,
and a walk-in closet (with altering desk at present). *smile* We’ve got child garments (or at present Three-year-old garments) within the altering desk/dresser in our closet, and a few within the cubbie cabinets, too.”
“Downstairs, from the hallway there are two bedrooms, a rest room, and a laundry room.”
“The women’ bed room is on the left. There may be a single mattress with a trundle beneath it and a triple bunk for our 5 women.”
“The boys’ bed room is on the finish of the hallway additionally with one single mattress and a triple bunk for our Four boys.”
“On the proper within the hallway is the third full rest room,
and a laundry room is adjoining, by way of the lavatory on the other facet.”
“Additionally down stairs is the door to the storage. We’ve divided this in to a few areas: ¼ is a grasp closet for all of the kids’s garments, half is a “mud room” the place we come and go from the van, and ¼ is true storage storage, instruments, and the elliptical coach train machine.”
“Right here is the kids’s shoe rack on the other facet of mine and Bob’s footwear; seasonal footwear solely are right here at a time.”
“Youngsters’s clothes is saved by age across the high perimeter of the above room, and on this heart part of the storage, the proper facet wall of the above photograph.”
“We even have a storage shed within the again yard for a lot of the storage storage.
“Our again yard is large enough for the youngsters to have the ability to run round in, and at present has a deck, a swing set, a filth nook for digging in, and we’re hoping to construct a climbing construction on the again of it this summer time.”
For what it’s price, Bob and Erika Shupe had solely three youngsters after they bought their home in 2004, and “by no means dreamed the Lord would transfer in our hearts as He did and bless us with 6 extra youngsters (to date) on this similar home!”
Studying by way of the weblog put up in addition to feedback Erika so diligently replies to, I’m most impressed by her take-it-in-stride angle, which is boosted by their religion.
The homeschooling mom of 9 defined to at least one commenter, “We marvel how it is going to work for us when our little individuals are all large – how will we match? However that’s worrying in to the longer term, which the Lord calls us to not do. He has at all times made a means for us – in the future at a time. We’re actually tried to study to benefit from the present time and house, and to hope concerning the future, look ahead to the Lord to disclose His plans for us – ‘preserving our eyes peeled’ – however to not fear about it. We’re not there but.”
My family too lives in an 1100 sq-ft home, although it’s simply the husband and I and our two boys. We’re at present reworking a lot of the home, together with the basement, which can quickly have the ability to be used as dwelling house for the primary time.
On the one hand I’m wanting ahead to having a tv/family room downstairs and a extra formal lounge (no TV or electronics) upstairs as a result of generally Phineas and Ferb’s singing about their 104 days of summer time trip assessments my final nerve, however on the opposite I form of like being compelled collectively. I like poking my head out of the kitchen and seeing my husband and sons sharing the one sofa our present small room permits — and if I’m so inclined to affix in watching a present with them we simply squish collectively. It’s kind of ridiculous to place so many our bodies on so little furnishings, however good.
Since neither cleansing nor organizing are traits on the high of my talent set, I’ve to assume that if we had a giant home it’d simply be tremendously underutilized. Bob and Erika, I love your means to make each sq. foot depend!
Images shared with permission from Bob & Erika Shupe of Massive Households on Goal. You can even join with them on Fb.
This put up was initially printed in February, 2014