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Table of recommended standards relating to floor space ft2 / m2 / m2 + 10% 

Please note that many commentators include the general storage figures in their quoted floor space whereas I have kept these as per the report layout albeit with m2 appended.

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

* 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.



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

 


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

In many ways Dublin are were leading the way in terms of modern housing design regulation until 2015.

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

Or would be if they hadn't a) removed it from the server and b) downgraded the standards.

Fortunately I have it here :)

Sustainable Urban Housing 2007 and from paragraph 1.8

Quality Housing for Sustainable Communities

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

See also the Dublin City Development Plans 2011-2017

Dublin City Development Plans 2011-2017



The 2015 standards, if you can call them that in light of the now degraded ones, are here:-

Sustainable Urban Housing: Design standards for new apartments

See also the Dublin City Development Plans 2016-2022

Dublin City Development Plans 2016-2022


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

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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