Why would anyone choose a newbuild over a character property for its looks?

(91 Posts)
treacleturkey Sun 28-Jul-13 17:14:37

I realise new builds are a lot better to run (economically) and so benefit the environment, but man, are they plastic and unattractive!!!

noddyholder Tue 30-Jul-13 10:42:39
noddyholder Tue 30-Jul-13 10:44:03

God I think those are horrible! I don't think people want pseudo period they want contemporary design. Mock anything rarely works but in Europe they seem to be able to do it and cheaper than us!

MarshaBrady Tue 30-Jul-13 10:49:37

I love modern design. Usually big sheets of glass and loads of light, with clean lines. Good spaces.

Not sure if new build has become a thing that specifically means the townhouse look.

minibmw2010 Tue 30-Jul-13 10:51:05

Poundbury looks lovely but I heard its a tricky place to live. Lots of rules and regulations that Prince Charles is very much a stickler for which I think I'd find hard to live with.

MarshaBrady Tue 30-Jul-13 10:51:30

Modern and Georgian with modern interior are my favourites.

Arisbottle Tue 30-Jul-13 11:00:14

We live in a new build which we designed ourselves .

It is not everyone's cup of tea but I love it. To buy a period house with this much space, the outdoor land and extras would be millions .

We have huge windows to take in the amazing view.

noddyholder Tue 30-Jul-13 11:01:57

Aris that is what I will do when I eventually settle!

Turnipinatutu Tue 30-Jul-13 12:00:49

An individual new build, that you have designed yourself is a totally different thing IMO to a mass produced new build on an estate.
The article that Noddy linked to outlines this well.

I probably wouldn't buy anything newer than 50's, as I like solid walls, fireplaces, floorboards and a good sized garden. Yes these things do have disadvantages, but I love living with them. I also dislike square boring rooms and love quirky features and nooky storage spaces.
However, if I had the money and could find a good plot, I'd design and build my own house in a heart beat!

As has been stated, some people don't give a monkeys about the characteristics that come with old houses and some even dislike them. They love their easy to clean, cheap to run, modern looking homes.

I have plenty of friends who happily live on new build estates and I'd never insult their choice of home, just as they don't look down on my dusty, drafty one.....grin

EstelleGetty Tue 30-Jul-13 12:08:07

Ours is newish, built in the late 90s, I think, and i was totally against a new build to begin with but love it now. It's ok to look at from outside, but the interiors were done by an Italian company who've given it a very Italian mid-century kind of look, all clean lines, warm woods. We got to keep the sofas when we moved in too, and they're very elegant burnt orange ones.

We rented in Victorian tenements before, and they were lovely to look at, but I wouldn't go back. Way too cold and expensive to maintain.

Bunbaker Tue 30-Jul-13 12:44:43

"I also dislike square boring rooms and love quirky features and nooky storage spaces"

And I dislike quirky features and nooky storage spaces. I like square boring rooms because they are so much more versatile and usually have more light in them. I hate dark rooms and poky spaces.

tabled Tue 30-Jul-13 12:47:07

period houses don't equal poky or dark ime!

Turnipinatutu Tue 30-Jul-13 14:11:05

I can see this thread turning into a complete bunfight as everyone defends their own likes and dislikes! grin

FCEK Tue 30-Jul-13 14:37:00

I've seen a new build I like. It's a bit over budget but then the cost of doing up an older house to suit our tastes would be the same

WetGrass Tue 30-Jul-13 16:04:28

We've moved from a character to a new build. We spent 2K redoing the plumbing at the last house. We're spend

WetGrass Tue 30-Jul-13 16:06:02

We've moved from a character to a new build. We spent 2K redoing the plumbing at the last house. We're spending 2K on original art and handmade quirky furniture on arrival in this place. I think the newbuild will end up with more character than the last moneypit place.

treacleturkey Sat 03-Aug-13 17:38:58

To be honest my Victorian IS cold and draughty in winter, but i love the fireplaces, bay windows, high ceilings etc. No two walls are aligned with each other!

Didnt mean to offend others btw!! smile

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