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most people (who are homeowners) around my way who want extra housing would just buy caravans and sit them in their gardens for siblings or whoever to live in.

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most people (who are homeowners) around my way who want extra housing would just buy caravans and sit them in their gardens for siblings or whoever to live in.

Isn't that illegal? Definitely if attached to house servies

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Isn't that illegal? Definitely if attached to house servies

probably. a few of the ones I know about are siblings living in the caravans/mobile homes but are (I think) down as living in the house, one guy in his 40's lives in a caravan pretty much all the time and his parents circa 70's live in the big house, not quite sure why he's in the caravan as apposed to the house, maybe it's the own space thing. a few of the farmers nearby have several caravans behind the farm house where the workers get post delivered (to the main farm houses), cheap foreign labour a plenty.

.. also have noticed a few of the bigger properties have built detached big double width and double height garages (with room/s above) possibly with the intention of getting these liveable legally in the future.

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When I used to work in the far east I met several middle to senior level managers who lived with a wife and two kids in a 40-50 square metre apartment. They didn't seem to feel they were cramped or disadvantaged in any way, that was just how things were. And when they got a pay rise they changed to another 40-50 square metre apartment in a better area.

It had some interesting life style effects. The kitchen was so tiny that home cooking was just breakfast and snacks, eating out becomes the norm and you shop for food every day or two on your way back from work. A big thin TV doesn't have much of a footprint, so every home has multiple whopper TV's. If it can be rented or digitised it will be rented and digitised, so no one owns many DVD's or books. People think hard before buying anything that will take up space, and shop around not just for cheaper versions but for smaller versions.

When I see how European and American families fill their homes with Argos type garbage it makes me wonder if we couldn't learn something from Asian lifestyles.

I guess that unless we liberalise planning regulations and start building on green belt land many in this country won't have a choice but to discover the charms of compact Asian living!

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When I used to work in the far east I met several middle to senior level managers who lived with a wife and two kids in a 40-50 square metre apartment. They didn't seem to feel they were cramped or disadvantaged in any way, that was just how things were.

And 40-50 square meters is nearly ten times the size of this place.

One of the local charities here raffles off a 'Man Shed' every year, which the lucky winner can stick in their back yard for when they want to get drunk and watch porn in comfort without the wife and kids getting in the way. It's at least twice the size of this 'house'.

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And 40-50 square meters is nearly ten times the size of this place.

One of the local charities here raffles off a 'Man Shed' every year, which the lucky winner can stick in their back yard for when they want to get drunk and watch porn in comfort without the wife and kids getting in the way. It's at least twice the size of this 'house'.

Man vs shed. Whoever can squeeze into the smallest accommodation for the maximum amount of time wins. Mr Osborne would love it ;)

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That's £261/sqft, very expensive.

I'm building a couple of extensions for £78/sqft at the moment and have put up a timber frame, oak-clad, insulated outbuilding shell with power/water supplies for £25/sqft which I could eventually convert to accommodation for another £25/sqft. I've been buying new materials at 40-70% off list, ebay/seconds where possible, paying cash for labour and doing as much as I can myself.

If you pay full-price for everything, it's difficult to get below £120/sqft, far more if an architect gets involved.

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