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Differences between houses in the UK and US

By James Mechan
Posted Aug 17, 2012 in Lifestyle
The United States is the second most popular place for Brits to buy abroad, falling short only to France. This is according to a survey conducted by The survey is the largest of its kind; analysing data from various overseas government bodies and conducting over 2,500 surveys. Thus, this prompted us to analyse the differences between houses in the United Kingdom and the United States.
More for your money
Brits tend to be astounded by how far your money can get you in the US. With the same amount of money, you can buy a much bigger house and a much bigger plot of land in the US than you can in the UK. This is largely to do with one simple fact; America is a lot bigger than Britain, thus with the UK having a growing population yet obviously static space, their house prices are greater. In fact the average house price in the UK is £226,887 or $356,574, whereas the average house price in the US is £163,901 or $257,600 (data from the BBC and Economicworld). When you couple this with the fact that the average floor space for a newly built home in Britain is 76m2 whereas in America it is 214m2, you get the clear picture (data from US Census Bureau).
Building materials
This is one of the main differences between houses in America and the United Kingdom. In Britain houses tend to be made from brick, however in America they are often built, or at least part built, from wood. This is another reason why homes in the United States tend to be cheaper, as in general wood is a cheaper resource and it requires the utilisation of a lot less skilled labour than brick does.
New home being build
New home being build
Home DIY
A final part of consideration is the difference in the layout and design of American and British houses. In America it is quite often the case for the front door to open into the living room and for the stairs to be placed in the living room. However, in the UK most front doors open into a hallway which then has separate doors leading off into each room and the staircase is usually contained in the hallway as well. Which is better? That’s up to you to decide, as this is of course merely down to preference.
So there you have it; the fundamental differences between houses in the UK and the US. If you are looking for more information about houses in the UK then I suggest you take a look at What House?; you’ll be able to find everything you need to know.