“New homes are 20% smaller than they were in the 70s, a study has found.
Families today squash into houses just 65sqm big, quarter of the size of a tennis court.
But while homes may be shrinking, their prices are expanding. In 1971, the average cost was £5,632, with wages being around £2,000 a year.
Now, buying a house sets us back on average £228,400 and pay is £27,000.
The study by the Royal Institute of British Architects of new pads on sale in 20 cities found kitchens are around 25% smaller than in the 70s, while bedrooms and bathrooms have 20% less space.
Riba president Ben Derbyshire said: “This becomes a critical problem for families. In a two bed, four person home there is no space to be on your own except in the lavatory.”
Homes in London are the most cramped, with Glasgow second on the list.
But the Home Builders Federation insisted smaller houses are making it easier for first time buyers to get a property.”