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  1. Many new houses in the UK are "shameful shoebox homes" which are too small for family life, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has said. It says average three-bedroom houses are 8% smaller - the space of a single bedroom - than the recommended minimum. The institute, which looked at 3,418 three-bedroom homes in England, based its findings on building regulations which have come into force in London. The House Builders Federation says that bigger homes could prove unaffordable. RIBA's Case for Space study discovered the average two-storey three-bedroom home for five people was 8 sq m (86 sq ft) too small. It claims the shortfall in space is the same size as a single bedroom with a bedside table, wardrobe, desk and chair. The most common new three-bedroom house was also found to be only 77% of the recommended minimum - the space equivalent to two double bedrooms. Shameful shoebox homes are being churned out all over the country, depriving households of the space they need to live comfortably” RIBA chief executive Harry Rich The institute's research was based on the 96 sq m (1033 sq ft) London Plan space standards which have just been introduced in the capital. There are currently no UK-wide standards. 'Cramped life' RIBA chief executive Harry Rich said new houses were causing some people to endure a lower quality of life. "Our homes should be places that enhance our lives and well-being," he said. "However, as our new research confirms, thousands of cramped houses - shameful shoe box homes - are being churned out all over the country, depriving households of the space they need to live comfortably and cohesively." The institute wants consumers to get better information from estate agents and house builders. For example, it is calling for floor area to be included in marketing material and floor plans to include furniture, so that people can get a clearer idea of the size of a property. The Home Builders Federation however, said that if new homes were built bigger, some people would be priced out the market. "If you increase standards you're going to increase costs," said head of planning Andrew Whitaker. "That's going to mean houses are going to become more expensive and we're already suffering from a lack of affordability for young people and first-time buyers."
  2. Well after alot of going round in circles Perth or Sunshine Coast we decided on our original decision the Sunshine Coast and I feel very happy with it! We put the house on the market Monday and accepted an offer pretty much the asking price today from a couple with cash and no chain! I feel very very lucky. Have lots to do now and with hubby working in Malaysia for the next 6 weeks its pretty much down to me, have one shipper in tomorrow for a quote and then its down to mucking out. I have lived in Australia before (Sydney pre 3 kids and back packing and met hubby whose from there) the winter there was what I would consider a bit cold and I did own a coat and warm clothes, but I have never visited QLD in the winter and need to know what clothes to keepor get rid, I have uggs and feel very reluctant to get rid of them and is it just hoodie/light coat weather in the winter? What about duvets? I have summer and winter ones, do I bring both? Can't think of anything else at the moment but I'm sure I will be back on here soon!
  3. Not sure about these and neither were the shippers. Will discard all the beeswax items but am thinking that normal shoe polish should be OK. Anybody had any experience with these items and customs. :confused:
  4. Guest

    advice for shoe repairer

    i have been in the shoe repair trade for about 12 years and now run my own shop. i can not see shoe repairer on the modl list only shoe maker so was wondering if there is any way i could get a visa using this. i do not have any formal qualifications as i was tought the job by a previuos employer who i worked with for a number of years thanks in advance for any help with this matter
  5. I was wondering if any Shoe Repairers etc have managed to emigrate to oz . If so how did you get assessed/Qualify for your visa?? Although Shoemaker/Repairer is on the SOL I can't seem to get anywhere with AQF3/Cert 3 or TRA . Thanks anyone
  6. Guest

    Shoe Sizes

    Does anyone have any idea of the shoe size comparisons between the U.K. and Australia ? We are trying to buy our grandson some new shoes and it would appear that there is very little information on the difference between the two countries. I have been able to find comparison charts for adults but not for children. I'm hoping that some of you have the answer to this predicament. Eric.
  7. Hiya, We're considering doing a recce in the next few months, as i have never actually been to Oz. Problem is we're wanting to do it as cheap as physically possible so as not to use to much of our emigration money!!! I've been searching around for cheap flights, cheap car rentals... considering the possibilty of renting a camper rather than doing motels... Anyway, was wondering if anyone has any tips on keeping it as cheap as physically possible? Meg xx (we will be flying to sydney and heading south to Illawarra - so not too far.)
  8. calNgary

    shoe spam

    Hiya guys ,sorry about the spam that hit us this afternoon ,i think ive deleted them all ,if i have missed one(there was a lot,lol) please let one of us mods know,,once again sorry for the inconvience, Cal x
  9. Guest

    Are shoe sizes the same?

    I was just looking at whether I could get my favourite boots (Caterpillars) in Oz and it has suddenly occured to me to check whether shoes sizes are done the same in Oz as the UK. I keep seeing references to US size. Cara