Britain’s Shrinking Homes
In 2003 the average home measured around 98.8 square metres compare that with today’s average home which is now 96.8m, it’s quite clear the average home has become much smaller but the family size is growing.
With adult children remaining to live with their parents for longer periods of time or returning to the family home the multi-generational home has become more and more common. Compared to figures in 2008 there are now 14% more multi-generational households in the UK, which is putting additional pressure on the family home.
With the rise of more families now living in smaller properties, this has created a situation where 8.1% of families now live in overcrowded homes; this is an incredible 40% increase since 2008. The UK now has a serious housing issue.
So what’s the solution?
It has been recorded that ‘One in five (22%) family households have been forced to modify their homes to create more space’.
Making modifications to your home is clearly the way forward for many home-owners and for many home-owners installing a quality built and installed double glazed conservatory will help overcome the need to increase the living space and at an affordable price. In most cases the addition of a conservatory doesn’t require planning permission and is more affordable than a house extension.
Other alternative options for home-owners to create more living space include building partitioning internal walls to create an additional room, converting loft’s and garages or adding a house extension which may be one floor or two stories high. With all home improvement projects home owners need to remember and be aware these improvements need to meet the building regulations set by the local authority and planning permission may be required in some cases.
With this in mind I feel double glazing companies selling conservatories are going to see an increase in sales and installations during 2014 and 2015 which will help families to overcome the problem of our shrinking homes and overcrowding problem.