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18 homes to fix Britain's housing crisis

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The heat is on in the UK to design homes and build them affordably, which first-time buyers can not only stump up the money for, but also live in for the foreseeable future. While some people might think the situation is getting  a little hopeless, we think there are lots of smaller homes out there that already offer scope for development later on.

Affordable houses need a little love or vision to bring them to life and we know you've got enough of that. They might not have the biggest bathrooms in the world, or have been designed by a master architect, but every house, regardless of size, has potential to be a great starter home.

Let's take a look at some of our favourites!

1. Semi-detached houses could be extended when money is less tight

2. New build estates offer good value

3. Traditional homes might have awkward room sizes but you can make them work!

4. Any home can have an extension down the line, if you're creative!

Exterior - Before and After Side dormer Modern houses by A1 Lofts and Extensions Modern
A1 Lofts and Extensions

Exterior—Before and After Side dormer

A1 Lofts and Extensions

5. Customisable new builds let you get exactly what you need

Wickham House Modern houses by C7 architects Modern
C7 architects

Wickham House

C7 architects

6. Size isn't everything and style doesn't have to cost the earth!

Church Mews, Hartland, Devon Modern houses by The Bazeley Partnership Modern
The Bazeley Partnership

Church Mews, Hartland, Devon

The Bazeley Partnership

7. Old industrial properties can be snapped up and converted for good money

The Nook Converted Bakery Modern houses by NRAP Architects Modern
NRAP Architects

The Nook Converted Bakery

NRAP Architects

8. Terrace houses don't all have to look the same!

​kitchen rear extension ealing with pitched roof Modern houses by homify Modern

​kitchen rear extension ealing with pitched roof


9. Building on awkward plots will make you consider what you really need

10. Unmodernised homes are a great way to get on the housing ladder

South Crown Street Listed Exterior Modern houses by Brown + Brown Architects Modern
Brown + Brown Architects

South Crown Street Listed Exterior

Brown + Brown Architects

11. Look for houses in an area that is up-and-coming and grab a bargain!

12. Buy what you can afford and add your aesthetic to it once you have the keys

13. Don't lose sight of where you would ideally like to live one day. It will keep you motivated!

New life for a 1920s home - extension and full renovation, Thames Ditton, Surrey Classic style houses by TOTUS Classic

New life for a 1920s home—extension and full renovation, Thames Ditton, Surrey


14. If you need more space in your first home, think about value-adding extensions and conversions, not slapdash solutions

15. External aesthetics are not everything, so see past appearances!

16. You can change the feel of your home later, just get one with enough rooms to start with

17. Consider odd-shaped homes, which can sometimes be easier to snap up

18. Don't just look online. Get out and about and explore areas you like and you might find something!

For more first home inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: Buying Your First Home.

Are you a first-time buyer trying to get on the ladder?
Whitton Drive by GK Architects Ltd Modern

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