Architecture and Ceramics
RIBA have launched a campaign called ‘HomeWise‘, to investigate modern homes, and start a dialogue between home owners and home builders. That’s what they say on their website, anyway.
What RIBA have also done is annoy a lot of architects, who make their living by working for volume housebuilders, who feel a bit victimised by this campaign. One architect told the BD “There is absolutely no doubt that the intention was to create a furore”.
The idea is to highlight the lack of footprint in new homes in Britain. It’s a stone fact that houses and flats are not built to space standards – unless they are built by housing associations, who build to Parker Morris space standards.
A campaign to increase awareness fo housing issues has been widely accused of threatening to halt the very wobbly recovery of the construction industry. There has also been criticism of snobbism, as the campaign is aimed at increasing home sizes – which will increase building costs – which will further limit who can afford property.
The thought that adding 8m2 or usable floor area to the average three bedroomed house would increase the cost is enough to make my blood boil. The arguement isn’t to retro-fit every home that falls short of the PM standards with a delightful 8m2 workshop on the rear elevation [although that would be good], it’s to encourage new homes to be built slightly larger. On an average house that’s just over half a metre of extra width, or two feet of extra depth on the footprint.
this is based on a two storey house, so each storey is 43.3m2