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Little houses August 19, 2009

Filed under: Interiors — lauravw @ 12:07 pm

This article on the BBC about the fact that we Brits live in pretty small houses really struck a chord with me:

“The sofa won’t fit into the living room. There’s not enough room for children to play in the kitchen as you cook. And where’s the recycling bin meant to go?”

Recently I’ve seen a few episodes of Place In The Sun: Home or USA, and every time I’ve been staggered by the size of house you can buy in the US for the amount of money that, in the UK, would buy you the sort of 1930s semi-detached property that I live in. This week, the couple looked at homes in Las Vegas. It’s not somewhere I’d want to live, but the houses they looked at cost roughly the same as my little home, and were enormous – and they had pools! I swear, you could fit the entire upstairs of our house into the master bedroom of these places and still have space to walk around it. I don’t think I’d want to live in a giant house, but the thought of a walk-in wardrobe and perhaps a utility room are very appealing…

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3 Responses to “Little houses”

  1. Sarah Says:

    Our big houses in the US are the result of having a ton of land per person (especially in the West), but it’s so unsustainable! Imagine how much energy it takes to heat and air-condition a 5,000 sq foot house! Have you heard what big, new consruction houses are called over here? McMansions. 🙂

    I live in a small apartment (700 sq ft), and I probably feel the same way as you. We could use a lot more storage space and a garden, but we don’t need a bunch more space to live in.

  2. Liz Says:

    I listened to Pam Ayres on Radio 4 the other day, talking about her son’s move to his own place. She treated him to a new bed but it wouldn’t fit through the front door. Neither did the sofa. I missed the end of the story so don’t know what the solution was.

  3. LauraVW Says:

    That’s so funny Liz! We have some friends who moved house recently, and the only way they could get their old bed (which they had assembled inside the house) out of the house was to saw the legs off it. These sort of issues really some up what’s not working with UK houses!


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