Monday, April 9, 2018

England’s New Home Size Shrinking Rapidly

Newly built homes have 30 per cent smaller living rooms and 13 per cent smaller kitchens than in houses from the 1970's, while overall living space has shrunk to the same as houses built in the 1940's.

Newly-built homes have an average living room since 2010 of 184 square feet compared to 268 square feet in the 1970's, a 32 percent contraction.

English modern-day master bedrooms now average 144 square feet compared with 158 square feet 1970's.

Despite the English new home buyers wanting an “island” kitchens, the space given to food preparation peaked in the 1960's and is now 13 per cent smaller in newly built homes.

The number of bedrooms in the average new home peaked in the 1980's at an average of 3.6 compared with just under three bedrooms today. Overall, today’s homes are the same size as those built in the 1940 just before World War II.

Developers of modular homes argue that micro-homes offer a solution to the urban housing crisis.

One housing provider in London has pioneered modular units that are 280 sq ft in size, which it said was suitable for single young people to rent while they saved for a mortgage deposit.

Will we start seeing this trend in many US cities and could help modular factories enter another market that site builders will probably shy away from building?

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