Our first house could be described as ‘compact’, occupying a floor space of 16 feet 4 inches by 13 feet 9 inches incorporating lounge and kitchen on the first floor and bedroom and bathroom on the second. To access one from the other involved a spiral staircase which occupied one entire corner, but we made it home and lived there from 1990 to 1996.
I remember a woman coming to view moaning about where she was going to put her dining room table and chairs, verbally tearing our home to pieces. I didn’t allow her upstairs as it obviously wasn’t what she was looking for and the agent showed her out.
The next day I went into their offices and took them to task about their potential buyers and why on earth had they shown this woman a small one bedroomed property when she had so much furniture! I cancelled their services on the spot and told them in no uncertain terms that by all means someone can criticise a house, but no-one had the right to criticise someone’s home the way she did. Decor and furnishings are personal taste and in my view, you see beyond that when you’re looking to buy a property.
In another context, I have a powder compact given to me by my paternal grandfather about fifty years ago. He died in 1974, and although the contents are solid and it’s a little tarnished, I still have it.
That’s a teaspoon to give you an idea of size.