Here in the UK, we have the smallest living spaces in Europe. There are, however, many advantages to living in a more compact home.

‘Small spaces are more economical to run,’ points out Elizabeth Wilhide, author of Small Spaces. ‘And you can choose more luxurious materials and high-end details. Small-space living also concentrates the mind as, with less room to play with, you need to be quite focused and selective.’

‘Start by thinking about the house as a whole and assess the areas where things are tight,’ suggests architect Mark Dyson. ’Think about your priorities and how you need to use the space, then you can plan multifunctional zones.’