According to a survey by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), the government’s design watchdog, close to half of buyers find the rooms in their newly built private housing too small.
Dubbed “rabbit hutch Britain,” much private housing being built in Britain today may not be “fit for purpose”.
The survey of 2,249 householders who bought homes built between 2003 and 2006 in London and the surrounding counties found that 47% did not have enough room for all the furniture they had or would like to have and 57% did not have enough storage.
Angela McGuinness, 39, who bought a one bedroom house in Middleton-on-Sea, West Sussex, said she ordered more take-aways because of the lack of space in her kitchen. “You could fit one saucepan and one plate on the work surface and then you had to start stacking things on the fridge,” she said. “It was like dolls’ house furniture. The bath was miniature too and you would have been better off with a watering can. The living room was so small there was only room for three people to sit down.”
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