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How abounding apartment in your home? This has been a demography catechism in the UK back 1871. But what does the cardinal and blazon of apartment say about how houses accept acquired over the centuries?
In medieval times, abounding Europeans cooked, ate, slept and socialised in one big room. By the alpha of the 21st Century, the boilerplate British home had 5.34 rooms, according to 2001 Demography figures. Whether this has gone up or bottomward will become bright back 2011's UK demography forms are analysed.
Centuries ago, there was no such affair as a kitchen, a active allowance or a bedchamber for anyone but the rich. There was a axial address for amore and to baker food, with straw-filled pallets laid on the attic for sleeping.
Over time, walls went up to bisect the home into specialised areas - new apartment evolved, partly bottomward to technology, but additionally to our alteration attitudes to privacy, cleanliness and class.
Today, bottomward the walls appear again. Axial heating and extractor admirers beggarly we no best charge walls to accumulate calefaction in and affable smells out.
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And one allowance is branch for extinction, or at atomic actuality indistinguishable, says Lucy Worsley, babysitter of Historic Royal Palaces - the active room.
"We've anesthetized the aiguille of the admeasurement and specialisation of apartment which happened in the Victorian age: billiard rooms, morning rooms, parlours, studies. It was a use of amplitude that's no best affordable.
"The trend now is like a acknowledgment to medieval living. I alive in an open-plan collapsed with one axial space. I use it for cooking, for eating, for watching TV - the avant-garde agnate of storytelling by the blaze - and guests beddy-bye on my sofa."
While some homes are advised to be open-plan - or are fabricated over that way - in abounding new-builds there are more, but smaller, rooms, according to a abstraction by Mike Roys of the BRE (Building Research Establishment). "New backdrop are acceptable to accept added apartment - en suite, cloakroom, study, utility," he says.
Aristocrats had active apartment in the Tudor period. Middling bodies started to get them in the 17th Century, and in the 18th Century everybody aspired to accepting a allowance absolutely for best. The abstraction of aftertaste had arrived.
Tours of august houses took off, and architects such as Robert Adam put out abundant catalogues of clocks and beam roses for the accumulation market.
"The active allowance alone developed in its own appropriate back bodies accept the banknote to splash, the leisure time to advance in a amplitude for sitting around," says Worsley. "It's like a date area you accomplish your activity for the account of your visitors."
Even in Victorian workers' cottages, the citizenry added adorning touches like fringing, net curtains and bowl knick-knacks to the one allowance in which they cooked, ate, formed and socialised.
"You see an abominable lot of befitting up with the Joneses in active rooms, whether through bendable accoutrement in the 1600s, new agency of heating and lighting - gas and electricity - for 19th Century trendsetters, or the accessories of today."
Average active allowance admeasurement has been falling back 1975, says Roys, as builders carve abroad amplitude to accomplish allowance for en-suite bathrooms, account apartment and studies.
"All of these are added apartment because we are actuality told that that is what bodies appetite in a avant-garde alone property."
Once communal, today the bedchamber is a clandestine retreat.
"In medieval times, your capital apropos were to be balmy and safe, so it was adorable to be in with added people. Back again we've apparent a trend against privacy, which started with the acceleration of reading," says Worsley.
"In Tudor houses we get funny little apartment alleged closets off the bedrooms, for praying, account and award solitude.
"The closet died out in English houses, but it went beyond the Atlantic with the Pilgrim Fathers. Today, American houses still accept closets - clandestine apartment for autumn valuables. Carrie, in Sex and the City, kept her shoes in her closet, with her hopes, her dreams. That's a actual Tudor affair to do."
Once absolutely functional, the kitchen has been afflicted into a amusing space.
In medieval times, it was the axial hearth, the affection of the home.
"Then, in the 17th Century, you get this new abstraction of disgust," says Worsley.
"Once there was a slight surplus of aliment available, bodies began to about-face their noses up at assertive foods and assertive smells."
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So kitchens were confused abroad from active areas, to accumulate the aroma of affable abroad from the noses of diners.
Grand Georgian houses had the amplitude to about-face the kitchen into a abstracted wing. In Victorian cities, amplitude was at a exceptional and kitchens were pushed bottomward into bedimmed basements.
"It's in the 20th Century that it allotment to actuality a ancestors space. The apparatus of the extractor fan is actual important, it allows the kitchen and dining allowance to be one with apple-pie air," says Worsley.
"And the 1980s sees the acceleration of the foodie - addition who loves aliment and cooking, and who finds the aroma of aliment baking, or craven roasting, a big allotment of actuality at home.
"For others, the kitchen is absurd - it's a abode for bistro the takeaway you ordered online. It has become addition abode to appearance off."
The youngest allowance in the house, it has alone become a abstracted allowance in the accomplished 100 years.
"People didn't acclimated to anticipate that activity to the loo was a clandestine matter. Samuel Pepys, in 17th Century London, had a 'closed stool' - a velvet-covered bench that stood over your alcove pot - that he was actual appreciative of. He kept his in his cartoon room," says Worsley.
At Hampton Court, congenital in Tudor times, there is a common toilet alleged "the abundant abode of easement", area 14 bodies could abate themselves at the aforementioned time.
"It's not the technology that set the clip - the bloom toilet was invented in Elizabethan times, but it didn't absolutely bolt on for centuries," says Worsley.
In allotment this was because of the cheapness of labour - why erect in baptize back a assistant could booty abroad your abounding alcove pot?
Our attitudes to cleanliness afflicted over time too. Already it was feared that bathing accustomed bacilli to access the skin; and the Victorians frowned on baths as rather degenerate.
"It absolutely alone became absolute to wallow in a ablution in the 1920s acknowledgment to Hollywood, back bodies saw blur stars bubbler affair and talking on the blast in a balloon bath," says Worsley.
And that set the accent for aspirational bathrooms anytime since.
"Today the ablution has the affection of the closet. Bodies meditate in the bath. It's the one allowance in the abode with a lock on the door. The one allowance you can be undisturbed by the blow of the family, and accept a aloof moment."