June News: British Homes Smallest in Europe

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have found that the average home in Britain is far smaller than those in neighbouring of European countries. Coming in at an average of 76sq m, the average UK home is almost half the size of the 137sq m average in Denmark.

After analysing the data of over 16,000 UK homes the Cambridge team found that 55 per cent had less floor space than the internal space standard suggested in the London Housing Design Guide, which is seen by many as the leading guide for the industry.

A report from the Telegraph suggests that the small size of many houses may impact on the quality of life for occupants, and that the use of space in a property, such as a spare bedroom, is unclear.

The Cambridge research co-author Malcolm Morgan said: “Spare bedrooms are a misconception in many homes, as the lack of space means that any extra bedrooms are needed for other uses.”

Larger homes a must for the UK

Industry insiders suggest that, while there may be too many small new build properties being developed at present, developers may address the issue by building larger properties over the coming years, and by considering how to use the available space in a more efficient way.

In a study by the Royal Institute of British Architects, Rebecca Roberts-Hughes wrote: “When thinking about the design and build of new homes now we need to think about whether they will meet the needs and lifestyles of the future”.

“To provide a genuine choice for people thinking about buying or renting a home, new homes need to reflect the needs and concerns of contemporary society.”

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