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Average house sizes in UK

If you’re looking to buy a new home, you may be wondering what’s available in your desired location and which type of property would suit your requirements best.

In this guide, we’re going to look at the different options available to you, their pros and cons, and reveal how their proportions compare to the UK average floor area of 90m2[1].

The different property types

Terraced home

  • Average floor size of a smaller terraced home (688 sq. ft.) / larger terraced home (1087 sq. ft.)
  • Average number of bedrooms – 2 / 3

Terraced homes are popular with first time buyers and young families. Smaller terraced homes usually consist of two rooms upstairs and two rooms downstairs, with a small yard or garden. Less space means owners might not get a utility room or en suites, while they will certainly have less storage space. Larger terraces have an extra room downstairs and upstairs, and there might be an additional room for storage, such as a utility room. 

Many traditional terraced homes have alleyways or passages running at the back of them. Inside the property, stairs and hallways can be narrow. However, new-build terraced homes are very different. They are light and bright inside, situated on attractive developments, usually with gardens and driveways, with communal green spaces close by.

There aren’t alleyways or passages, and new-build terraced homes are usually positioned on roads with a mix of semi-detached and detached homes. 

Semi-detached houses

  • Average floor size (1033 sq. ft.)
  • Average number of bedrooms – 3

The most common type of family home in England is a semi-detached three-bedroom house, and it has remained the same for decades. Semi-detached properties are in such demand in London that they have had the highest price growth of any property type - up by 41% on average, in the last five years[2]. With only one adjoining neighbour, semi-detached homes offer a balance between affordability and privacy. They give you more indoor space than a small terraced home on average and a larger garden/outdoors area.

New build semis have open plan living areas, bathrooms that are both stylish and practical, and bedrooms that are more equally proportioned than older semis. This makes them popular with growing families and those needing a home office as well as a spare bedroom.

Detached 

  • Average floor size (1582 sq. ft.)
  • Average number of bedrooms – 4

Detached homes are the largest and often the most desirable type of house. They typically demand the highest prices and offer the most privacy. In some areas of London, the average price of a detached home is over £2 million, which is considerably more than the national average of £383,000[3].

A detached home will usually give you several reception rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms. With new-build detached homes, the downstairs space is often more open plan than with older homes, with lots of natural light flooding into the property from the windows, doors and skylights. A lot of effort will have gone into creating the right flow from room to room, with plenty of room for entertaining in the kitchen/dining area.

Bungalows

  • Average size (828 sq. ft.)
  • Average number of bedrooms – 1 or 2

Bungalows can be detached or semi-detached, offering everything you need on one level.  They are more accessible than two and three storey homes, and come on a larger plot. You typically pay more per square foot and traditional bungalows are often seen as out-dated and cramped.

Bungalows today might not be as popular as they’ve been in the past and there are fewer being built [4]. However, if you want to buy a bungalow you should consider a new-build as they are often in enviable locations and offer everything you could want from a home – spacious, modern living areas with equally spacious outdoor areas.

Apartments

  • Average size (656 sq. ft.)
  • Average number of bedrooms – 1 or 2

Apartments are very common in urban areas. They’re usually leasehold, which means that you own what’s ‘within the walls’ and the freeholder owns the communal areas and anything outside your flat.

Your leasehold agreement will allow you to live there for a set period of time and you’ll be required to pay a service charge each month to pay for maintenance.

Apartments are popular with single people, first time buyers and older people as they’re often cheaper than buying a house in the same location. Ground floor apartments are typically 20% cheaper than apartments on the upper levels [5], while newer apartments often benefit from being open plan which makes them feel more spacious.

The inclusion of features such as en-suites, balconies and communal areas means they’re often a more suitable choice when compared to older builds.

The next step

 

So which type of home is right for you? If you’re interested in purchasing a new-build it’s worth making an appointment with a new homes mortgage adviser (NHMA) as soon as possible as they can provide specialist advice. As well as informing you how much you could potentially borrow, they’ll be able to explain the different incentives on offer.

You can also book an appointment with our sales advisers. They will be able to advise you during the whole of the buying process, from start to finish.

 
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