There is the question of the ratio of house size to price and taxation - and whether it is 'reasonable' or not here in the UK:
Futures Forum: How much space do you have to live in - compared to the Continent? How are we taxing that space in the UK? And are you getting value for money from the estate agents?
But if you had the choice of being 'creative' with a small space, could that do the trick?
This evening sees another episode of George Clarke's 'Amazing Spaces' on Channel 4:
Futures Forum: small spaces - Amazing Spaces
George Clarke explores the extraordinary world of small builds, where people turn tiny spaces into the most incredible places to live, work and play. He even tries making a few of his own.
George Clarke's Amazing Spaces - Channel 4
George Clarke's Amazing Spaces I. - YouTube
It does present some very cool ideas:
Cutting Edge CNC furniture for Channel 4's Amazing Spaces - YouTube
Architect George Clarke (The Restoration Man) explores the extraordinary uses people make of small spaces. He travels the country looking at amazing micro builds and the inspired people undertaking them in the hope of maximising every inch of space in their homes or gardens. George discovers that size is no object in the world of micro design. Space can be created in the unlikeliest of places; from disused toilets to shipping containers, horse boxes to state of the art airstreams. George himself joins the small space revolution by buying an old 1970's caravan and, in just three months, hopes to transform it into the most extraordinary small space you've ever seen.
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And do we actually need loads of space anyway? If we had 'less stuff', that might help a little...
Futures Forum: The Story of Stuff: "You cannot run a linear system on a finite planet indefinitely"