The government has identified that in order to meet the UK’s pressing housing need we will collectively need to deliver 300,000 homes a year. The enormity of the task ahead lends itself to a multitude of solutions, and the BPF is keen to explore the housing options that are currently on offer, and where lessons may be learnt from international experiences.
It is therefore important this sector is better understood – particularly if there are people who prioritise location over the size of their home, and find value in the societal gains brought by more people living in central urban areas.”
The fast growth of population in urban areas, especially in big cities like London, Paris, Moscow and the rise(skyrocket) of property prices has led dwellings to live in tiny flats or live collectively in shared flats. There are numerous terms which describe this type of living and micro-living is one of them. According to the British Property Federation, micro living refers to accommodation types that do not follow the UK’s prescribed minimum space standards. There are three categories as you can see in the infographic below:
1. COMPACT LIVING: Small houses including all the basic housing needs in their private space.
2. CO-LIVING: Purpose-built spaces including a mixture of personal and shared amenity space.
3. SHARED LIVING: Transformed or subdivided houses so that some facilities are shared by the residents outside of their personal space.