This week the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) branded many new houses ‘shameful shoebox homes’. They claimed that many of these properties are 8% smaller than the recommended minimum and too small for family life.
Whilst it may be true that these properties sometimes offer a little less space than people would ideally like, we are not living in ideal times (nor have we ever). The UK is a small country, space is limited and people are well aware that living in urban areas often requires a compromise on space.
The call for house builders to create larger properties with more space could be naive. First time buyers are already struggling and if new build property sizes increase, so too will costs. Additionally, many individuals like the cosy atmosphere smaller properties provide, not to mention the cost savings and environmental benefits of heating and lighting smaller spaces. Many families from a wide range of cultures chose to live in flats, apartments and more modest sized homes – sometimes this is driven by financial necessity, but more often it is driven by choice.
If the benefits of bijou living appeal to you, take a look at our favourite petite properties:
|Looking to rent a beautifully presented 1 bed rental apartment in London? This studio is the ideal space for modern yet cosy living.|
|This immaculate apartment in Warrington will leave you no room to complain about space.|
|If new build is more your thing, this comtemporary 1 bed home in Sittingbourne also comes with off street parking.|