Big house, little house
Did you know: Australia can lay claim to having the largest homes in the world. The average floor area of new homes hit a record high of 214.6 square metres (2009/10). The average floor area of new free-standing houses was also at a record high of 245.3m².
The United States has traditionally possessed the largest homes in the world. But for the first time in a decade, new homes in the US are shrinking. In 2010, the average size of new homes started in the US stood at 201.5m², with the average new house estimated at 217.8m².
Why would you want a huge house – it has to be cleaned, heated, furnished. - it wouldn't be very cosy. Plus the Australian family is shrinking in size (average of 2.56) - you could go for days without seeing your family as you all rattle about in the McMansion. Look at these stats, the most common household is a couple with no kids - so why would they need such a large home.
- In 2006-07, couple families with no children were the most common type of family (40%), followed by couple families with dependent children (37%).
- In 2006, there were 1.9 million people living alone in Australia; by 2031 it is projected that between 3.0 million and 3.6 million people will be living alone.
Are we going to end up with a heap of empty large homes that no one wants.
PS I find this stuff is really fascinating!!!
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