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Friday, 14 August 2009

"The living room was so small there was only room for three people to sit down"

From the Guardian earlier in the week, a report on space standards in newly-built private homes:

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.

The space standards which were recently adopted in London and mentioned in the article have not been taken up in Northern Ireland or anywhere else throughout the UK, as was noted at the discussion on social housing and participation at the Golden Thread Gallery last month, as part of their Unbuilt exhibition.

Guardian: No room to cook dinner or seat guests? Welcome to 'rabbit hutch Britain'
Guardian: Obsessed with house prices, we ignore the cost of lives spent in shoddy homes - Lynsey Hanley

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