Thanks to the recession, more and more couples find themselves stuck in their starter homes


It”s the middle-class dream – buy a small house and move up the property ladder as your family grows. But now more and more couples are finding the bigger house they”d hoped to graduate to seems nothing more than a pipe dream

Outgrown their home: Becky and Uli, with their children Jonas and Daisy, need more space but can

Outgrown their home: Becky and Uli, with their children Jonas and Daisy, need more space but can”t afford to move

Trapped: Gillian and David Kyle with Marcus and Hannah. The size of their home means they can

Trapped: Gillian and David Kyle with Marcus and Hannah. The size of their home means they can”t have more children at the moment

Decreased in value: The Kyle

Decreased in value: The Kyle”s house in Harpenden, Herts, is worth less now than when they bought it in 2007