By converting existing buildings, thirteen thousand homes were added last year. This is almost 14 percent of the total number of homes that were added to the housing stock in 2018, according to new figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) on Wednesday.

New construction delivered 67,000 homes last year.

In most cases, the transformation of existing buildings into homes involves converted office buildings. This involves a total of around 5,500 spaces, or 42 percent of the total. 21 percent were located in former social real estate, such as schools and hospitals.

According to the CBS, the transformation process mainly produces smaller homes. 43 percent of these homes have an area of ​​less than 50 square meters. The residents are mostly young and single.

Transforming existing buildings produced the most homes in Amsterdam. It concerns 1,535 homes in the capital.

Also in the period between 2012 and 2018, most houses were created in this way in Amsterdam (6,835 in total). In the same period, more than four thousand such properties were added to the stock in Eindhoven and The Hague.

The study looked at independent living spaces with separate access and own facilities.