RIBA suggest new build homes are too small

Thursday 03 December 2015  / Ruth Montia

According to research from the Royal Institute of British Architects, more than half of new homes being built are not meeting the needs of the people who are buying them.

The research suggests the size of our houses is depriving thousands of families the space needed to accommodate a growing family, ageing relatives or to store items that are everyday necessities.

The smaller three bedroom homes surveyed by the Royal Institute of British Architects were missing the amount of space equivalent to an entire double bedroom.

Its been found that the homes in Yorkshire are by far the smallest in the country with the average new three bedroom home being 84 square metres, which is 25 square metres smaller than in the capital.

RIBA president, Jane Duncan says “Tiny rabbit-hutch new-builds should be a thing of the past. But sadly our research shows that for many people, a new home means living somewhere that’s been built well below the minimum space standard needed for a comfortable home”.

She goes on to say “We urgently need new homes, but building small homes or cutting corners when converting office buildings to flats is short-sighted and fails the people these new homes are meant to serve. The government must take action to ensure a fairer minimum space standard is applied to all new homes across the country.”