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Old May 18th, 2013, 06:34 PM   #1
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How much floor space is enough for your needs?

How much apartment space do you consider enough to comfortably cover your needs, ie. at what size does a need become a want?

I'm going with 65 m2 (one-bedroom) for a single person and 80 m2 (two bedroom) for a couple.
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Old May 18th, 2013, 07:44 PM   #2
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How much apartment space do you consider enough to comfortably cover your needs, ie. at what size does a need become a want?

I'm going with 65 m2 (one-bedroom) for a single person and 80 m2 (two bedroom) for a couple.
I think I had mentioned my preferences here:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1578557

I would go for 90 m2 for a 1-bedroom. But I can go lower at 75 m2 or so if the rooms have higher ceilings (i.e., measure in m3).

Wall space and space to display art is of some importance to me.
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Old May 19th, 2013, 02:34 AM   #3
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It depends a bit on floor plan. Anyway, I think 70m is the comfort threshold for living alone. 50-70m is the okay-ish zone if the floor plan is right. Less than 50m = claustrophobia, home/flat stop being a place I like to be, "caged" feelings...

If I had a wife living with me, then 60m would be the minimum.

For kids, add 25m for each one. But ideally to have wife + kid + me I'd like some good 140m of heated space.
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Old June 12th, 2013, 08:16 PM   #4
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How much apartment space do you consider enough to comfortably cover your needs, ie. at what size does a need become a want?

I'm going with 65 m2 (one-bedroom) for a single person and 80 m2 (two bedroom) for a couple.
Looks reasonable. It's also about how efficient your floorplan is. My apartment of 75m2 could also be used very well by a 2 person household.
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Old June 13th, 2013, 04:19 AM   #5
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It depends a bit on floor plan. Anyway, I think 70m is the comfort threshold for living alone. 50-70m is the okay-ish zone if the floor plan is right. Less than 50m = claustrophobia, home/flat stop being a place I like to be, "caged" feelings...

If I had a wife living with me, then 60m would be the minimum.

For kids, add 25m for each one. But ideally to have wife + kid + me I'd like some good 140m of heated space.
i think that's about right. I live in an 850 square-feet 1 bedroom apartment and I think it would be claustrophobic if it is to be reconfigured into a 2-bedroom.. as much as I don't want to live alone, I also value "space"..
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Old June 13th, 2013, 09:42 AM   #6
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80 for one person would be ideal for me, 40 extra for a partner, 25 extra for each child.

I like a little space.
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Old June 13th, 2013, 05:02 PM   #7
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I like a little space.
same here, I'd rather live in a condo than a house. Its more cosy and easier to maintain and use less gas and electricity.
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I don't mind living in either a condo or a house.. I am also starting to like an open concept design but I'd like to have a separate second kitchen where I can cook fish and other seafood... i can't stand the smell of food in the house!
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I don't mind about the smell of food, but since I don't like seafood, I don't want that smell in my house.
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I would hate to have a studio apartment!
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yeah, me too.. although some studios have alcoves decent enough to be considered a small room..
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Old June 17th, 2013, 08:13 PM   #12
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I actually don't mind the studio if I live by myself. First, it cost less and second, it's easier to clean. But the downside is it'd be tough to get rid of when you decide to sell it.
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Old June 17th, 2013, 11:14 PM   #13
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70-80 square meters would be fine. I need about 50 for my daily life, but i'd like to have an extra room for guests and a storage room for stuff like my ironing board, washing machine and toolbox.
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