Petite Properties

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.
Posted by: Nicola Severn Categories: Architecture and Design, Buying, Buying Property, For Sale, House Prices, Industry News, Interesting Properties, Letting, Property News, Tenants Advice, To Rent, Uncategorized Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

6 Responses to Petite Properties

  1. avatar Oliver Guy says:

    The raw material building cost of a house is a small portion of the price.
    If anyone beleives that 150 or 200k is not enough to build a decently size home, then one must rethink the value of things.
    Raw materials haven’t been multiplied by 10 in the last 20 years, but house prices have…
    In addition, I don’t know anyone who likes the “cosiness” of a home that is too small to even have decent storage or space to move arround.
    Finally, UK might be a small country, but the foot print of an apartment/house is negligible to the size of the country, so there is space to have slightly bigger homes, just build higher or less cramped.
    Driving around the country, I am yet to see a pile up of properties like in Singapore.
    All this is a way from businesses to squeeze more pennies from buyers, keep the prices of land and homes artificially high, increase their revenue to the expense of the quality of living and have a “legitimate” reason for doing so.

    • avatar Rob Slack says:

      Re: Oliver Guy:

      “All this is a way from businesses to squeeze more pennies from buyers, keep the prices of land and homes artificially high, increase their revenue to the expense of the quality of living and have a “legitimate” reason for doing so.”

      How do they do that? If there is an opportunity, why has no one exploited it?

      • avatar David Townend says:

        They are exploiting it by fitting a dozen homes in on a space that 20 years ago they would have built 10 on.

        They also justify it by saying they have to build ‘social’ housing, in other words if you are poor you have no right to live in standard suized accommadation



  2. avatar John Cox says:

    It was Mrs Thatcher’s property developer husband that campaigned for small family homes. He could double his profits building by building 2 where once he could build only 1.

  3. avatar Arnie neale says:

    Terraces built c1900 have an amazing volume of space at a very reasonable price. They can be modernised, including a high insulation standard, for about £20,000. The problem of this is a far less concentration of money to big business’ builders and interest payments to the moneymen.

  4. avatar Arnie neale says:

    Labours’Pathfinder project, destroying the remainder of terraces(not those in Westminster!!)will keep poor People working harder, longer and more fearful of upsetting anyone for longer. I am proudly assured newbuilds will last 60 years = no inheritance to pass on and a second generation of frightened tame citizens.