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Average room sizes shrinking, report claims

Rooms in new British homes are getting smaller year-on-year, research published today has shown.

According to a new RICS publication, house builders and their architects are squeezing more bedrooms into buildings that are no bigger than those five years ago.

This, the report suggests, is because of the inclusion of extra rooms, especially en-suite bathrooms and utility rooms.

The document, by RICS' Building Cost Information Service (BCIS), reveals the trend for more bedrooms per dwelling. It also details the most common types of houses and their most sought after features.

Meanwhile, the report also concludes that developers are capitalising on the growing popularity of 'town houses' (a house of two, or sometimes three storeys) and 'mews' homes (a yard or stable converted into housing), by rebranding smaller terraced properties as 'town houses' and 'mews' homes.

by Ed Dorrell

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