Right now I'm sitting at the computer with my kids less than 10 feet away from me. The only available place for me to put my office was in a little cubby adjoining their room.
This is one of the things I really like about being back in a smaller house. It's easy for us to be close to each other and stay involved with each other. The other house was huge. There was a much greater distance between everyone's rooms. One of the things BT disliked the most about that place was that sometimes he would call for me and I couldn't even hear him. For a little 4-then-5-year-old, it can be distressing to call repeatedly for your parents and get no response. And the prospect of walking from his room all the way to the kitchen was so intimidating that he would ask someone to go with him so he wouldn't be scared. In this house, he can be heard by anyone from anywhere and he feels comfortable exploring his own home.
Also, my parental responsibility to know what my kids are watching on TV has gotten much easier; their shows are inescapable now! (Miss Spider is on at the moment.) Sometimes things get loud, but this is what we're used to and we like it.