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Interesting article on global house sizes ...

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/busi...icle6790634.ece

Here's the actual report mentioned in the article ...

http://www.cabe.org.uk/files/resident-sati...-the-home_0.pdf

I've not read the report closely yet, but here's my initial thoughts from cursory reading ..

p9 Didn't realise there were so many 2 beds being built - how does that compare to historic build practices ?

p10 Those that rent appear to use space more efficiently than those that own.

p12 If there really is a lack of supply in housing, why are 90% of dwellings under-occupied. Is this the

stereotypical view of older people remaining in houses that are far too big for them, when their children

have left, family breakups leading to lots of bed spaces that are under used ... ?

p12 "not having a bicycle" - how much space does a bicycle take up - how about outside house chained up ?

small lockable storage for bike market opportunity - same storage could be used for storing delivered packages

when not at home and bike in use ?

p15 Maybe a better approach to recycling needs to be adopted - multi compartment bins ? How full does each bin get VS

how much space does it take up ?

p15 Relatively, corridors are wasted space ? Storage in corridors - how to achieve ?

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This is one of the fundamental problems in the UK. No land available, all in the hands of the Church, the Govt, VIs(developers), the National Trust, The Oxbridge colleges. We never had a proper revolution.

My mate is having a house built - low energy consumption, quality German prefab, air to water heat-pump ventilation and underfloor heating system, Solar water heating, 190m2 plus a 100m2 cellar, all fitted out, 300k Euros plus the land. 290m2 of useable space. The only extra will be his PV panels.

The house will probably produce nearly as much energy as it uses(not including construction).

The contract says they have to complete(ie all fixtures/fittings as well) in 16 weeks from breaking ground.

This should be easier in the UK. How did we get used to the idea of living in shoeboxes?

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Interesting article on global house sizes ...

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/busi...icle6790634.ece

Here's the actual report mentioned in the article ...

http://www.cabe.org.uk/files/resident-sati...-the-home_0.pdf

I've not read the report closely yet, but here's my initial thoughts from cursory reading ..

p9 Didn't realise there were so many 2 beds being built - how does that compare to historic build practices ?

p10 Those that rent appear to use space more efficiently than those that own.

Makes sense. Renting is dead money, so you don't rent more than you need :ph34r: . Buying is an investment, so you do. <_<

You could also rephrase that as "poor people are more economical with what they have".

p12 If there really is a lack of supply in housing, why are 90% of dwellings under-occupied. Is this the

stereotypical view of older people remaining in houses that are far too big for them, when their children

have left, family breakups leading to lots of bed spaces that are under used ... ?

Need vs greed. And a tax system that treats pensioners with mansions as "poor" and taxes productive folks who will never be able to afford to live in such luxury!

p12 "not having a bicycle" - how much space does a bicycle take up - how about outside house chained up ?

small lockable storage for bike market opportunity - same storage could be used for storing delivered packages

when not at home and bike in use ?

Bikes are a real issue. You want somewhere secure for bikes, and that's a problem with lots of places. Indeed, if I go to view somewhere that doesn't list an obvious place (e.g. garage), that's one of my first questions to the agent.

p15 Maybe a better approach to recycling needs to be adopted - multi compartment bins ? How full does each bin get VS

how much space does it take up ?

Many countries have much more sensible waste disposal and recycling systems than us, involving communal facilities a lot nearer to everyone's house than a trip to the bottle-bank here.

p15 Relatively, corridors are wasted space ? Storage in corridors - how to achieve ?

Depends on the corridor: some have loads of space, others are only little. In my current place, all I have room for are some coat hooks and a few shoes. Others have ample space for things like bookshelves, sideboards, etc.

My pet hate is the space lost - often on the best wall of a room - to radiators. There are many, many houses where I'd just want to get rid of the damn things.

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