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Please note the new link to a page with added London Housing Design Guide 2009 space figures

TABLE OF RECOMMENDED STANDARDS RELATING TO FLOOR SPACE

A home to be built in the future for occupation by . . . should be designed with a net floor area of at least:--

ft2 / m2 / m2 + 10% 6 people 5 people 4 people 3 people 2 people 1 person
3-storey house * 1050 / 97.55 / 107.30 1010 / 93.83 / 103.22 - - - -
2-storey centre terrace 990 / 91.97 / 101.17 910 / 84.54 / 93.0 800 / 74.32 / 81.75      
2-storey semi or end 990 / 91.97 / 101.17 880 / 81.75 / 89.93 770 / 71.54 / 78.69      
Maisonette 990 / 91.97 / 101.17 880 / 81.75 / 89.93 770 / 71.54 / 78.69      
Flat 930 / 86.40 / 95.04 850 / 78.97 / 86.86 750** / 69.68 / 76.65 610 / 56.67 / 62.34 480 / 44.59 / 49.05 320 / 29.73 / 32.70
Single storey house 900 / 83.61 / 91.97 810 / 75.25 / 82.78 720 / 66.89 / 73.58 610 / 56.67 / 62.34 480 / 44.59 / 49.05 320 / 29.73 / 32.70
HCA draft standards    97m2  3 bed 5p  81m2  2 bed 4p    48m2  1 bed 2p  
English Partnerships  106m2  93m2  77m2  66m2  51m2  -

* These figures will require modification if a garage is built in

** 720 if balcony access

and general storage as follows:

ft2 / m2 / m2 + 10% 6 people 5 people 4 people 3 people 2 people 1 person
Houses * 50 / 4.65 / 5.11 50 / 4.65 / 5.11 50 / 4.65 / 5.11 45 / 4.18 / 4.60 40 / 3.72 / 4.09 30 / 2.79 / 3.07
Flat and Maisonettes :-            
Inside the dwelling 15 / 1.39 / 1.53 15 / 1.39 / 1.53 15 / 1.39 / 1.53 12 / 1.11 / 1.23 10 / 0.93 / 1.02 8 / 0.74 / 0.82
Outside the dwelling 20 / 1.86 / 2.04 20 / 1.86 / 2.04 20 / 1.86 / 2.04 20 / 1.86 / 2.04 20 / 1.86 / 2.04 20 / 1.86 / 2.04

* Some of this may be on an upper floor; but at least 25 sq ft should be at ground level.

and W.C.s should be provided as follows:


A. In 1, 2, and 3 person dwellings, 1 W.C. is required, and may be in the bathroom.

B. In 4 person 2 or 3 storey houses and 2 level maisonettes, and in 5 person flats and single storey houses, 1 W.C. is required, in a separate compartment.

C. In 2 or 3 storey houses and 2 level maisonettes at or above the minimum floor area for 5 persons, and in flats and single storey houses at or above the minimum floor area for 6 persons, 2 W.C.'s are required, one of which may be in the bathroom.

D. Where a seperate W.C. does not adjoin a bathroom, it must contain a washbasin.


Definitions

Net floor area is the area on one or more floors enclosed by the walls of a dwelling and is measured to the opposing unfinished faces. It includes the area occupied by partitions, the area taken up on each floor by any staircase, the area of any chimney breast or flue, and the area of any external W.C. It excludes the floor area of any general store, dustbin store, fuel store, garage or balcony; any area in rooms with sloping celings to the extent that the height of the ceiling does not exceed 5 ft. 0 ins.; and any lobby open to the air.

General storage area is measured to exclude floor area occupied by any dustbin store, fuel store, or pram space, and any space required inside terrace houses as access from one side of the house to the other -- taken as 2 ft. 3 ins. wide. See also para. 99 for excess garage area which may be counted in.

99 If there is a garage integral with or adjoining the house and going with it, we consider that any garage area in excess of 130 sq. ft. should be allowed to count for general storage. where a garage for a flat is integral with or adjacent to the block, any excess garage area may be counted in respect of the external storage requirement. But because the required 20 sq. ft. minimum is too small to be useful if split up, the excess garage area should count only if it is 20 sq. ft. or more.


 

Taken from Homes for Today and Tomorrow 1961 available from The Stationery Office price 18, follow link below:-

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Homes for today and tomorrow report of a Sub-committee of the Central Housing Advisory Committee

Corporate Author:
Great Britain Ministry of Housing and Local Government
Publisher:
HMSO

Chairman: Sir Parker Morris, Ll.B Copies supplied from the TSOs on-demand system (March 2002)

Extent [104]p. ISBN 9780117501263
Size N/A Price 18.00
Binding Paperback Published 1st December 1961
Availability Black and white copy, 1-3 days Availability help (opens in new window) Delivery Delivery options and charges

 


Further notes about Sir Parker Morris at the following link:-

Homes for Today & Tomorrow 1961 and more on Parker Morris from HATC

 


Dublin - Éire - Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government

In many ways Dublin are leading the way in terms of modern housing design regulation and nowhere better than in the following document:-

Sustainable Urban Housing which I now regard as second only to the Parker Morris report, and more recent.

AJ 13.3.08 Why the Irish have more room - residential space standards compared (with dual aspect requirements)

Dublin a talk by Alex Ely from mae on high density accommodation in Ireland - a practice I admire

Update: On Tuesday last 29/6/2010 at a talk in London it transpired that because the Irish don't like paying service charges new build now has the common areas designed out the result being rows of maisonettes with the owner fully responsible for all aspects of the dwelling.


CABE & HATC Space in new homes:-

Space in new homes | New report by HATC

 


Daily Telegraph take on space Honey, they've shrunk the house

Local | Web


Housing Corporation Quality Indicator

721_HQI_Form_4_Apr_08_update.pdf

Dwelling space

I recently came across these websites which explore the issues of house design in great detail and with a lot of good ideas.

Homes design - Swing a cat - Design for Homes - Bijou


Irish Housing Guidelines - some more good stuff here . . .

Quality Housing for Sustainable Communities


40 years on, no change

"but some of the Parker Morris recommendations, in particular the space standards, are related to the number of people who will occupy a house, and these cannot be applied if the number of people is not known when the house is being built." . . . read on

[Heaven forbid we should build a house too big eh? - Ed]


Wandsworth Council has linked to this page from their page of Evidence Base Documents

http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/856/local_development_framework/1148/evidence_base_documents


Page Style

The new stylesheet is from http://veerle.duoh.com/ 16th April 2010

 


Interesting article by Rob Williams in the Guardian from November 22nd 2011

How would you like to live in a hobbit home, Grant Shapps?