home sizes

PHOTO: ROB STOCK/STUFFAuckland is experiencing a boom in town-house building, including these homes in Hobsonville Point.

The floor areas of newly consented homes have shrunk by just over a fifth as cities “densify” in response to the housing crisis.

The average floor area of homes consented in 2019 was 42 square metres smaller than the during the peak of 200 square metres in 2010, according to Stats NZ.

But it’s not only the impact of cities like Auckland erecting more apartment buildings that’s behind the effect.

“The drop in new home size is primarily due to stand-alone houses getting smaller,” construction statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said.