Okay, this is definitely the place to get opinions--LOL. I know some on here know us personally and some do not. For those who don't, we are a family of 9 people currently, later this year, to be a family of 12. This is where I need the opinions. We moved into this home originally when we had 2 children knowing we'd eventually adopt more. Okay, the house we moved into orginally had 1900 sq. ft. w/ a 1000 unfinished upstairs. It was sized for a family of four as far as all systems go. We now have approximately 3100 sq. ft. finished. We did finish out upstairs, and added a back area onto the house that serves as our dining hall. Now, dilemma. We need to make a decision and rather soon. We have to add on for the other kids coming home. What we would do is lose the garage we have and convert it into bedrooms. we are contemplating whether it would serve better to sell and move or to stay and finish all the work. Here are some concerns if we stay: 1) septic system load (it was originally sized for family of 4. How will it handle 12?!) 2) No hot water (don't have any now as it is. Need to add a second tank. Largest we can have is a 38 gal. lowboy due to location of tank) 3) electrical system overload. 4) we would be "stuck" for the rest of our lives as it would be too "customized" that it would not sell.
or the rest of our lives as it would be too "customized" that it would not sell.
Has anyone ever made a house too large for the systems? We would have to add another panel for sure to the house. We just think it is going to be too much system overload as it is now. Let alone, adding 3 more people in the home. In addition, my sister in-law stays a few days a week b/c her husband is out of work & we're helping them out. So, would you add on? Our main concern is indeed the septic system. County has inspected it & it is fine and we get it pumped every 2 years versus the recommended 3 years. The hot water is huge problem now and trying to solve it is maddening. I'm looking at suggestions of what others may have done. I know there are probably not that many big families but maybe some of you added more than you thought you would, etc. or work in the industry and have a good grasp of whether it wood even be feasible to do this. We are going to get estimates but do all work ourselves (except plumbing & roofing) to save money. DH used to work on houses. Anyhow, ideas as we have gone back & forth on what to do. My biggest fear is adding on and having a major system failure. A house that is originally sized for 4 people and will soon house 12, is worrisome to me. Trouble is, we LOVE our neighborhood and location. Thoughts?