Sure the government meddles to raise the price of shelter, starting with zoning bylaws that make it illegal to build a single family house under 1000 sq ft. But how do you explain that houses have been getting bigger and bigger while families get smaller and smaller? A little chart tells all. In my work I often see roofs over 4000 square feet that cover just one bedroom and a flex den for a retired couple.
Humility can save hundreds of thousands. If your house were 10 or 20% smaller,
would you lose anything important? Does your
master bedroom need to be 15 feet wide with
double doors, bay windows, a balcony, and a view
of the great room for you to have a good night’s
sleep? Does a two storey 3-way vaulted living
room with sunken floor, Roman columns and a 16
foot high arched window improve your family life?
If there's another rule, it is this: Get along with your spouse. If you don't need to show off and blow your horn, the place you already have may be enough. Touch up with TLC.