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HOW MUCH SPACE ?

Tip. Estate agents normally give the maximum length and width of a room, regardless of whether the walls have clutter such as pillars, doors and even radiators that reduce the useable space. Click here to see illustrations

Bedrooms – minimum useable space of 7 sq m (75 sq ft) for a single and 12 sq m (130 sq ft) for a double or twin.

Living/eating/cooking – here the number of sq m depends so much on how many you are accommodating. You need to choose how you want to divide this space up according to how you feel about open plan and separate dining and cooking spaces. But as a rule of thumb you need:

How Much Space?

Areas quoted in the table above do NOT include utility room, hallways, landings, stairs, storage or linen cupboards. It’s just the rooms or, if open plan, the combined area.

NB areas shown in the dynamic graph BELOW for the whole house DO include the floor area given over a stairwell or stairs. Not least because Cosy the Cat could be curled up there.

TRY THE GRAPH AGAIN AND SEE HOW COSY THE CAT SIZES UP YOUR HOME

Roll your mouse to the point on the chart that corresponds to the size of the property being considered and the size of household to live there. If you can’t see the graph below, download the latest Flash Player here.

 
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