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28 March 2019
Manoj Singh

Different Features of UK & US Home Design

Specific climates experienced year-round, space limitations and the cost of materials influence home design options in the US and UK. Fundamental differences of UK and US home design occur within homes and include these:

Power outlets

UK – It is illegal to have a power outlet within 3 metres of a shower or bath.
US – Building codes require a power outlet to be within 3 feet of the bathroom sink.


UK – 0.5% of homes are air-conditioned
US – 87% of homes are air-conditioned


UK – Letterboxes are built into the front door.
US – Mailboxes are built separately from the house.


UK – There are typically separate faucets for hot and cold water.
US – There is a single faucet for hot and cold water.


UK – Houses don’t generally have built-in or walk-in closets.
US – Most houses have built-in or walk-in closets, a standard requirement

Home Sizes

UK – Houses are much smaller, averaging 1,063 sq. ft.
US – Houses average 2,330 sq. ft.

Type of Homes

UK – Semi-detached duplexes account for 27% of all homes, the single majority
US – Single-family detached homes account for 80% of all homes


UK – All-in-one washers and driers are typical.
US – Most homes have separate washers and driers.

Garbage Disposal

UK – It is uncommon for sinks to have food disposal.
US – Houses have kitchen sinks with their own food disposal system.

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