11/11/2019 - 16:00

WA house sizes fall 7%

11/11/2019 - 16:00

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Western Australians have built smaller homes over the past year, with the average house size falling 6.9 per cent, according to a recent report from CommSec.

WA house sizes fall 7%
The average size of a free-standing house being built in the state was 223 square metres.

Western Australians have built smaller homes over the past year, with the average house size falling 6.9 per cent, according to a recent report from CommSec.

The Home Size Trends report said the average size of a free-standing house being built in the state was 223 square metres, behind Victoria (246 square metres) and Australian Capital Territory (251 square metres).

The report also said Australian house sizes are at its smallest in 17 years, with the average Australian house built between 2018 and 2019 down 1.3 per cent to 229 square metres – the smallest house size since the period between 2001 and 2002.

Additionally, the average floor area of all new homes being built increased by 1.2 per cent to 189 square metres, with WA second highest (212 square metres), despite falling 2.2 per cent over the past year.

By contrast, the WA apartment sizes increased 16.4 per cent to sit well above the national average at 156 square metres.

The average Australian apartment size also grew by 3.2 per cent to 129 square metres, while the biggest apartments can be found in Tasmania (159 square metres).

CommSec said apartments and smaller houses on smaller lot sizes are an increasingly popular choice for Australians.

It said despite drop in national house sizes, the average house size is still significantly larger than houses being built in the 1980s and 1990s.

CommSec said despite apartments and smaller houses on smaller lot sizes are becoming an increasingly popular choice for Australians, the average house size is still significant

“Houses are around 5 per cent bigger than 20 years ago and 25 per cent bigger than 30 years ago,” the report said.

“Not only are houses far bigger than those built in the 1980s and before, but the standard of fit-out today is far superior with higher quality kitchens, bathrooms, floor coverings and inclusions like air-conditioners.

“Latest data indicates that Australian homes are the second biggest in the world, behind the US.”

CommSec said the average new house built in the US last calendar year was 240 square metres – around 5 per cent bigger than in Australia.

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