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Are our houses getting smaller?

The great Australian dream used to be about getting the white picket fence, the veranda out the front, the clothesline out the back – the Hills Hoist of course – and the old rocking chair.

But these days residential housing seems to be going upwards not outwards. Even in the outer cities and regional areas of our townships around the country, apartment and high-rise living is becoming far more that simply a ‘holiday home’.

This trend to many is ‘ruining the skylines’ of our country, however, with the skyrocketing housing prices in most major areas, where even areas 150km out of Brisbane have seen increases of over 39.5% increases in property prices over the past five years. For many of Australia’s first home buyers, young people and people wanting to live closer than 150km to work, the reality is that high rise or apartment living is the only option within reach.

You only need to look at the average size around the world to see the way the housing market is changing size-wise. In Australia, even with the huge amount of ‘urbanisation’ and new apartment builds, we have some of the largest homes on average in the world.

For city dwellers their homes and apartments can be anywhere around the size of 65m2, 90m2, 120m2 for 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments, this is a far cry from the 214m2 that are being enjoyed by the average household around Australia.

Looking at any of the dozens of ‘house hunters’ style lifestyle shows, you can only see the despair in people’s faces as they move from the USA or regional areas of Europe into the cities where space is in many cases half or smaller than what they were used to.

With the increasing demand to be functional with every area in our homes, it is important to look overseas for inspiration in how to get the most out of the limited space in your homes. Asia and Europe have been dealing with spaces getting smaller for a long time now, and have adapted their use of space, their lifestyles and their spaces to the available space in their home.

With sprawling bedroom, dining, living, rumpus rooms being reduced to a combined kitchen, dining, living area in your apartments, there is a need to downsize and reduce the clutter. In the same way, your outdoor dining and living areas move from a 6-seater table to something a lot smaller to suit smaller urban spaces.

The Australian made & German designed Balcony Koncepts table is one solution opening up outdoor living space in our urban areas. Through its innovative design, great range of colours, durable recycled materials and ‘easy to affix’ design, the Balconzept is revolutionising how people are maximising their outdoor space, in small areas.

Don’t leave your home or outdoor areas cluttered with bulky items that are not fit for purpose, which changing lifestyles we need changing items that support our comfort. Visit today to review their range of great Australian made products to downsize without compromise.

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