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by administrator @, Thursday, May 17, 2012, 11:03

New research reveals extreme measures some Brits take to squeeze into their homes and highlights what people really want and need from their homes.

Some homeowners are not just in need of storage space for seasonal or nostalgic possessions, such as an artificial Christmas tree or their old wedding dress, but their homes lack space to store very basic household items, which means ironing boards, recycling bins and even food are being stored in surprisingly inventive ways.

More storage space is one of eight key features that people need when choosing a home as revealed in a new Ipsos MORI research report published for the RIBA. The report, The Way we live now: What people need and expect from their homes is a ground-breaking piece of research that provides the only national evidence base setting out how people are using their homes now, what they look for when choosing a home and what they think needs to happen to improve the home-buying experience.

The report, the first of its kind for over 50 years, will be used as evidence by the Future Homes Commission, a national inquiry that is currently developing recommendations for how houses should be designed and delivered in future. It will provide policy makers, house designers and builders much-needed consumer evidence to ensure that new homes are good quality and fit for modern households.

The research also reveals how people choose a home and how they think the house buying experience should be improved.

People find it challenging choosing a home and find it difficult to understand and compare space between homes. Emotional considerations - such as the 'feel' of a home - and the desperation to get on the housing ladder can overrule practical considerations such as 'where can I store the vacuum cleaner?' or 'where will the rubbish bin go?'

Harry Rich, RIBA Chief Executive said: "It has been over half a century since a government-tasked committee researched how households live, yet the size and designs of homes being built now are still defined by that great but out-of-date report - from a time when we had sewing boxes in our living rooms and indoor toilets needed regulating.

"Until today there has been no evidence base that sets out how we are living now and what we want from our homes. This new research provides important evidence on which we can base some changes to the way our homes are designed, delivered, marketed and sold to us."

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