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Today Abdu and Safa talked about the size of British houses. Some British architects are saying that many new houses are too small for family life.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) says new houses being constructed are smaller than they were before. RIBA says the average three bedroom house is 8% smaller than the recommended minimum.

Some people think that the reason people need bigger houses is because society is more consumerist and people buy more things. Therefore, they need bigger houses with more space to put these things in.

One of the reasons for smaller houses seems to be the pressure on building affordable homes. Smaller houses are cheaper to make and enables first-time buyers to get into the housing market. Bigger houses would be more expensive.

A new space standard has been set for London, which is 96 square metres for an average 3 bedroom house. Is this the beginning of developing UK-wide space standards?

Should we have a minimum space to live in – or should we be grateful just to have a roof over our heads? Write to us in English! هل ينبغي ان يكون هناك حد أدنى لحجم منازلنا أم انه يجب علينا ان نكون ممتنين مجرد وجود سقف فوق رؤوسنا؟ اكتب لنا بالإنجليزية

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architects مهندسون معماريون constructed شيد recommended minimum الحد الأدنى الموصي به consumerist استهلاكي affordable homes منازل بأسعار معقولة housing market سوق الاسكان more expensive أغلى UK-wide على نطاق المملكة المتحدة