Aussie homes now the biggest in the world
Queensland homes are getting bigger as COVID-19 encourages more people to work from home and seek bigger dwellings in outer suburban or regional areas.
Latest research from CommSec shows that Queensland built the third-largest homes, including houses and apartments, in the country last financial year with an average floor area of 194.3 sq metres. Only Victoria and Western Australia had larger homes.
CommSec chief economist Craig James said COVID-19 had caused more families to look for bigger homes and others to add extra rooms to their existing homes.
Mr James said the data shows Australia is again building the biggest houses in the world 235.8 sq m as opposed to 233.1 sq m in the US.
"The recent trends to butler's pantries, mud rooms and home theatres has given more families justification to build bigger homes," Mr James said. "More Aussies could embrace working from home in a bigger way, opting to move out of apartments in, or near the CBD, in preference for a larger home in a regional or suburban area."
Delaney's Creek resident Sam Kiely and her husband Colin moved into their 420 sq m, five bedroom home with their two children, aged 8 and 11, just before the COVID lockdown.
Ms Kiely said the family would have found it challenging to cope with the lockdown without the extra space provided by the home built by Loganholme-based DRHomes.
"We moved from a very small house and it would have been very hard to home school in such cramped conditions," said Ms Keily. She said their new home included an outdoor pool area, rumpus room and even a parents' retreat with spa.
CommSec's Mr James said COVID could lead to greater cohabitation, such as children returning to the family home, resulting in the need for more space.
"The trends from COVID-19 are still emerging." he said. "If a vaccine were found in coming days and weeks, then there may be a return to pre-virus normalcy. However, it certainly does appear that so many norms have been challenged."
Mr James said Australian homes were larger than those built in the 1980s and 1990s and are 27 per cent larger than those constructed 30 years ago.
Originally published as Aussie homes now the biggest in the world