Friday, April 23, 2010

Is Your House Too Big, Too Tight? (Or Just Right?)

What's the optimal amount of living space? Readers from WSJ's "Juggle" blog weighed in to contemplate just how many rooms are needed to comfortably house our families, while still being modest in terms of energy consumption.

The answers varied widely. Some craved more room for their sanity , while others had tales of cutbacks and doing more inside less.

Pictured here: I spent a day working inside a six-foot by six-foot habitat in midtown Manhattan to see how much space I needed for work. Answer: other than wishing there was a bathroom, not much.