Resized Living: Smaller apartments for a simpler life
I’ve lived in apartments (aka units and townhouses) for most of my life in Australia so I’m not expecting a major culture shock with our future accommodation arrangements in the UK where we’ll probably start out with a furnished 3 bedroom apartment.
According to Apartment Therapy, the average UK home is the smallest in Europe with floor space at 76m2 or 818sf.
Not so long ago, we lived as a group of six humans in a 3-bedroom apartment in Canberra, Australia that was about 120m2 – nearly identical to the floor plan here…
We had enough room to deck out the open plan living and dining area with lounge chairs, a very large dining table and a home-office setup. We also had bookshelves lining most of the walls. It was a lovely apartment.
In Australia, apartments are getting smaller. Regulations in Sydney require one bedroom apartments to be at least 50m2, and studio apartments at least 35m2. But there’s less regulation in Melbourne with stories of apartment sizes of only 20m2; the size of two parking spots.
I’m actually a fan of the tiny house movement – simpler living in efficient spaces – and sustainable (not ridiculous) living. I’m sure a lot of people would find it easier to maintain good health and wellbeing if they weren’t struggling to find excessive rent payments for space they don’t need.
With increasing land prices and building space in liveable areas at a premium – space for a dining table is often non-existent or limited to a corner near the kitchen bench. Instead of buying a dining table, you buy a set of bar stools or have lap-meals in your lounge room. We’re cool with that. We’ve been having lap-meals for most of our lives and actually did away with a dining table about two years ago. As long as you’ve got a place to rest your drink, what more do you need?
It certainly won’t be as drastic a downsize as this 8sqm Parisian apartment…