Living space, the new frontier

Living space is predicted by many property experts to significantly shrink in the coming years in standard accommodation. With a rising population, a limited amount of vacant brown and green space for new developments, and demand ever increasing, it is unlikely that in the future, individuals will have the luxury of enjoying vast amounts of living space, without needing to pay heavy costs.

This is truer now more than ever, in particular in dense urban areas like London, Bristol, Liverpool and Newcastle, where the high cost of land also contributes to squeezing a large number of people into small spaces, rather than expanding.

Compromises on living space, can limit options for those in need of a larger area to live, be that due to a large family, significant amount of storage, particular hobbies or collections, or just the desire to live in spacious surroundings.

However, there are options for individuals wanting more space. Large living space can indeed remain an aspiration for ordinary people, although it may require treading an unconventional albeit innovative path.

Through Ad Hoc’s creative re-imagining process, vacant properties of all shapes and sizes are transformed into a place for individuals to live and then be supplied out on a license fee. This means that large empty spaces such as former churches, flats, libraries, leisure centres, schools and other similar buildings have been transformed into homes, usually for a cost to residents much cheaper than if they were to rent a small flat or house.

Ad Hoc have helped dozens of guardians in the past find the larger lifestyle they want by giving them access to greater living space. For example, industrial designers, art collectors and a biking enthusiast all requiring more space, have all benefited from Ad Hoc’s guardianship programme, without paying a life limiting amount of rent.

What this new approach to the property industry demonstrates is that greater living space is not a thing of the past. Through inventive means, and with Ad Hoc’s guidance the ability of regular people to live in a larger space has the potential to become more common place, than rare.

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