Chris and Amanda Cleminson built a three-bedroom home in Pegasus two years ago but decided to build a bigger house last year to accommodate their growing family.
The couple and their three young children moved into their five-bedroom home, also in the North Canterbury town, about three months ago. The new home gave everyone their own "decent-sized" room.
However, giving the children more space had its drawbacks, Amanda Cleminson said.
"The mess spreads out further.
"But they can play in their rooms or play out here and you're not tripping over anybody."
She believed their first home may have sold faster if it had had four bedrooms, and the extra resale value of having more space in their new home was a "good backup reason" for building bigger.
Chris Cleminson, a builder, said he had noticed more people were building houses with four or more bedrooms.
- The Press
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