Homes and home extensions are getting larger, according to RIBA’s latest Future Housing Design Trends 2015 report
The annual study surveys architectural practices to share insights into the trends and client demands which are influencing housing design.
This year, it found that land availability and prices are increasing pressure to maximise housing densities.
The report said: ‘When it comes to one-off, bespoke houses, 50 per cent of our respondents report that the homes they design are increasing in size and, when it comes to house extensions, 55 per cent report that these are getting bigger.’
Architect Nick Willson said that rising house prices meant that many of his clients are asking him to priorities floorspace over quality.
He said: ‘House prices are going crazy and I think people are looking at value. They want to make sure that when they sell it they maximise every pound.’
He added that changes to permitted development rights now mean that clients are able to build bigger extensions without having to apply for planning permission.
He said: ‘There are a lot of these going onto Victorian houses, with clients wanting to maximise the bang for their buck.’
Architect Dominic McKenzie said that although the tendency for clients to attempt to maximise the number of homes on a site has always been around, planners are now more amenable to allowing higher densities.
He said: ‘At the moment there is a widely recognised problem of housing under-provision, especially in London and this has led to local authorities being more receptive to larger-scale residential proposals.’
He added that permitted development rights had had an effect of stimulating the wider construction industry.
‘However, these permitted development rights don’t apply in Conservation Areas and these are typically where people who are ready to spend money employing an architect live,’ he said.