As children (and their toys) get bigger, it’s common to start feeling like a house and its neighborhood and surroundings aren’t accommodating to the family. It’s at these times that parents start thinking about housing alternatives. When that happens, families often start imagining life in a bigger place with an adequate backyard and a driveway perfect for shooting hoops. But what are the next steps? How do you choose whether to build or buy, which neighborhood to choose, or what layout would work best for your house? And what amenities are important for families to consider as they think about buying a bigger home or building their own? And most importantly, can the family afford it?