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post #31 of 175
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post
We have a touch over 1,000 sq. feet.

I guess there are trade offs living in the big city.
post #32 of 175
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What fresh brand of hell is this? How much space do you need? My family of four lives in about 1700sf in San Francisco and it's more than enough for us--three bedrooms, double parlor, split bath, kitchen and dining room. I really don't want for more space. When I see 3500sf suburban houses it edges me towards a kind of vertigo. Out by where my parents live in Contra Costa County sports stars have huge compounds that remind me of motels. Where's the glamour in that?

For the record, while my own tastes are slightly more baroque, I too think the fabric is much nicer than the leather.

Personally, I'd rather spend more per square foot and have a smaller, higher-end interior, than spend an equivalent amount on way more space. Growing up I had friends with 4-5k sq houses and the interiors were so bland.

My last apartment was just under 1000 sq. feet, and that was plenty for a couple. I grew up in 3000 sq. ft houses with a brother and a sister though. I can't imagine living in less space than that with kids. Talk about ever-present noise... I think you probably have to add 500sq. ft. per kid to be comfortable, but that's just me.... That makes it a 2500sq. ft minimum for 3 kids. I like peace and quiet and my own space. A basement with a locking door is always a plus.
post #33 of 175
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What fresh brand of hell is this? How much space do you need? My family of four lives in about 1700sf in San Francisco and it's more than enough for us--three bedrooms, double parlor, split bath, kitchen and dining room. I really don't want for more space. When I see 3500sf suburban houses it edges me towards a kind of vertigo. Out by where my parents live in Contra Costa County sports stars have huge compounds that remind me of motels. Where's the glamour in that?
Academically, I know what you say is possible. I mean, being very poor growing up, I lived it. I just can't see myself willing do it as an adult. To each his own though, I say.
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Academically, I know what you say is possible. I mean, being very poor growing up, I lived it. I just can't see myself willing do it as an adult. To each his own though, I say.

I grew up in the suburbs, so I know what it's like to have a lot of space. A thousand square feet is perfectly alright for us right now, but not forever--and certainly not if we have kids.
post #35 of 175
I'd like something about half to two-thirds what we have, and could never live in a place the size of the house I grew up in. I'd get lonely, and angry at upkeep. Space can be way overrated, at least to me.
post #36 of 175
I'd turn any empty spaces into large ball pits.
post #37 of 175
You've chosen the finest sofa ever designed, in a very nice color and fabric. Well done and ubiquity be damned in this case.
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I'd like something about half to two-thirds what we have, and could never live in a place the size of the house I grew up in. I'd get lonely, and angry at upkeep. Space can be way overrated, at least to me.

Well, my parents' house is big enough, but far from palatial, so I happily imagine an upgrade to something similar one day .

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You've chosen the finest sofa ever designed, in a very nice color and fabric. Well done and ubiquity be damned in this case.

Thanks. We looked at dozens of contemporary designs. A giant portion seem to be heavily inspired by the Florence Knoll, and we tended to gravitate toward them. The ones less heavily inspired tended to have features we didn't like and wouldn't work in our small space--low and chunky seems to be all the rage these days. Perhaps I'm misguided, but I don't like the slip cover costruction typical of so many current Italian designs. The covers always look a little messy.

At the end, we figured there was no point in straying from the original unless construction or quality were going to be problematic.
post #39 of 175
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post
Academically, I know what you say is possible. I mean, being very poor growing up, I lived it. I just can't see myself willing do it as an adult. To each his own though, I say.

I'm sorry. This is just silly and I don't understand it. And it's not an academic question at all. I don't get the contemporary obsession with excess--big people driving huge cars and living in hangars. It never occurred to me that I've been living all these years cheek-to-jowl in some sort of dark medieval dystopia. At least we don't bring the animals in in the winter. But, yes, to each his own, I suppose.

And mafoofan, please have the courage of your convictions. No need to apologize for 1000sf in NYC (especially if it's quality space). Don't be a dilettante either or feel the need to back up your position with protestations of suburban cred. You don't need to move out of the city when you have kids. Have you watched Mr. Blandings?
post #40 of 175
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Don't be a dilettante either or feel the need to back up your position with protestations of suburban cred.
Hey, suburban cred's important.

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And mafoofan, please have the courage of your convictions. No need to apologize for 1000sf in NYC (especially if it's quality space). Don't be a dilettante either or feel the need to back up your position with protestations of suburban cred. You don't need to move out of the city when you have kids. Have you watched Mr. Blandings?

I was just being honest. My wife and I would like to have a backyard one day and don't plan on staying in the city forever. Still, we're very happy with our current apartment and have nothing to complain about.
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Hey, suburban cred's important.


I stand chastened.
post #43 of 175
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post
I was just being honest. My wife and I would like to have a backyard one day and don't plan on staying in the city forever. Still, we're very happy with our current apartment and have nothing to complain about.

Yards are great and definitely worth making a priority. The lots in our neighborhood are mostly large (even if too often given over to the preservation of primeval thickets of wild fennel). I can certainly understand moving out of the city in search of land as opposed to more house.

Anyway, enough hijacking. Congratulations on your couch.
post #44 of 175
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Okay, here's the middle back cushion. Where is the rippling and puckering?

post #45 of 175
Love the sofa. The cushions actually remind me very much of the Barcelona chair, I wouldn't be surprised if they were the same. I am more of a fan darker fabric colors, but that's only because of the wine spilling nature of the gf.

But what is with the ridiculously barren white wall behind the sofa?? Add some color to that mofo, or stick a picture frame or other fixture there.

And 1,000 sf. or NYC is great for 2 people, I'd be surprised if I had half that space in my 1-bedroom.
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