Stat of the day: 8 sq m

The amount by which new homes fall short of recommended living space.

Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

We all know that families are feeling squeezed when it comes to household finances, but this is ridiculous: research has shown that our homes are actually shrinking.

The floor area of the average new three-bedroom home in Britain is now 88 sq m – 8 sq m short of the recommended space, research by the Royal Institute of British Architects has found.

That’s not all: at an average of 46 sq m, one-bedroom homes are 4 sq m smaller than the recommended size - the equivalent of a single bed, a bedside table and a dressing table with a stool. Architects have criticised the ‘shameful shoe box homes’ - but you have to wonder, who designed them in the first place?

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