Perhaps the starkest reminder of that for me was driving into Hebden Bridge to visit friends and those who’ve been there will know you’re virtually in a large and long cutting – more that than a valley. My road up one side was narrow, with hairpin bends and when I got to the house, it was a narrow parking spot of one car’s length, low stone wall then between you and nice tumble down the valley … but the road was still curving upwards – tricky to pull in and stop dead before going through the wall.
The houses all around on that hill were small boxes almost tent-pegged to the rock. Less extreme are other, flatter parts – the terraces etc. Yet those two storeys have surprising area when it’s all totted up. As for the supposed Australian 206 m2 – hmmmm.
The average Australian home used to be around 12 to 14 squares – family home, with extensions, kids, two cars etc. Converting to metres at 10.76 sq ft to the m2 and calling a “square” 100 sq ft, that’s 130.1 – call it 130 m2, far short of the claimed 206 m2. Maybe in Mossman or Toorak, yes but not the average box out there.
Of course, if you then include all the sheds, pergolas, garages [often double], carports etc., that ramps up the area a lot and 206 would not then be out of the question. America I can well believe at 214, having been in American houses – but not in the poorer areas.
Just for interest’s sake [for my interest anyway], this flat I’m in – main 12 x 13 [1.56], kitchen 5.5×10 [0.55], hallway 19.5×3.3 [0.64], entrance 5.7×3.4 [0.19], bathroom 9×6.5 [0.59], second 14.5×9 [1.31]. Rounded up, it comes to 4.84 squares or 484 sq ft or 44.98 m2.
Interesting that the sail area of the boat is 538 sq ft or 50 m2. The boat itself is a bit under 6’10” x 38′ or 255 sq ft [let’s say] or 23.7 m2. So my boat has an internal, walkable, sittable or lie-able area of well over half of my flat. Hmmmm again.
Over to you.
[PS If there are any errors, it’s because I thought it was 10.79:1 when it’s 10.76:1. Still, it’s near the mark.]