Sarah Beeny’s estate agency, Tepilo, takes a look at some of the property styles and features that are most popular with British home owners and buyers.
The most popular styles of home in the UK
If you travel up and down the country, you'll experience a breathtaking array of different properties. In fact, if you walk around your local area you'll be surprised how many different types of homes can be found in a small space.
From rural cottages and seaside bungalows, to Victorian terraces and new build developments - there's something out there to suit everyone's taste.
But what are some of the most popular property types among Brits?
Luckily for us, poshflooring.co.uk has looked into this very subject and unearthed four of the most popular property styles...
Georgian detached (1714-1830)
These homes are often quite symmetrical from the outside and a common design is to have five large windows surrounding a central front door. Expect high windows which let in lots of light as well as small balconies in strategic positions. The chimney breast is focal point in many rooms in the typical Georgian detached house and high ceilings are also very common. This type of property has endured through the ages and remains very popular due to its traditional feel and grand architecture.
New builds (1990s)
Developers building homes in the 90s were under more pressure than ever to deliver housing in dense areas. That's not to say that 90s new builds don't have a spacious feel. As you might expect, homes built during this time have more of an emphasis on energy efficiency - with practically all built with central heating and double glazing. Many also have a more elaborate security structure. Moreover, expect a 90s home to have a spacious and well-designed kitchen as this was the time when the kitchen arguably became the most important room in a home.
Eco builds (2000s)
As we passed into a new Millennium, so new houses took on a more modern and contemporary feel. Houses built in the 2000s have a distinct focus on sustainability - with low carbon energies incorporated into many, as well as increased thermal performance. Properties constructed during this time do not necessarily have a specific style or common appearance - it became apparent that new homes could benefit from technology and more sustainable materials whether they had a traditional design or something more modern.
Edwardian semi-detached (1901-1910)
This type of Edwardian property is often found in the suburbs and is likely to have rustic charm. Expect features like fireplaces and light fittings to have Art Nouveau influences, and you may even encounter Jacobean features such as gargoyles, Dutch gables or studded doors. Light and spacious, Edwardian houses are often tall and thin with high ceilings.
Now when it comes to a home's features, the research found that it’s a mix of modern and traditional that’s most desirable:
- Walk-in shower
- Underfloor heating
- Exposed brick
- Bay windows
- Original fireplace
If your property fits one of the above styles or incorporates some of the features mentioned, this could come in handy when you come to sell. It’s important to know what buyers are looking for and to make sure that you show off your property’s best features.