Count yourself very lucky indeed if you already have sash windows in your London home – it seems that period features such as these are proving particularly popular at the moment for those keen to invest in new-build properties.
New research from estate agent Jackson-Stops, featured by Property Reporter, has found that 77 per cent of people would be keen to see period-style aesthetics included in the design of their new-build home, with younger people in particular having an appreciation for the likes of bay windows, cornices, ceiling roses and so on.
It was found that bay windows were the most popular period feature, with 38 per cent of those asked saying they’d be keen to see these at home. And 37 per cent said they’d like to see big open fireplaces and sweeping staircases included in the design plans, while 29 per cent would like a country kitchen. High ceilings are also in demand, favoured by 28 per cent.
Director of the estate agent’s Winchester branch Patrick Glynn-Jones explained that people are now becoming even more conscious about their carbon footprint and the impact they’re having on the planet but still want to see historical features, so it’s unsurprising that developers are now incorporating the likes of heritage clay, bay windows, slate roofs and more into their design plans.
Chairman of Jackson-Stops Nick Leeming made further comments, saying: “A desire to live in historic houses that offer tall ceilings, ornately crafted features and elegantly proportioned rooms with plenty of natural light has always been in the British homebuyers’ DNA.
“Combining these features with the benefits of a new build property, such as energy efficient appliances and minimal maintenance, is clearly a match made in heaven for much of the UK.”
Further research from the estate agents, published in the summer, showed that the property market is doing well despite the ongoing political disturbances that have characterised the last three years.
But while people have realised that now is just as good a time as any to relocate, it seems they are becoming more particular than ever before about the property they want to buy but also the local surroundings, becoming fussier about everything from accessible infrastructure to their neighbours to the amount of green space on their doorstep.
The most important aspects that people look at when looking for somewhere to live were found to be amenities like local shops and businesses, a house layout suited to their particular lifestyle, good transport links, green spaces like parks and sustainable homes.
In terms of property features, the most popular were found to be private outdoor spaces, private garages or dedicated parking spaces, a spare room, being located close to local shops and amenities, strong broadband speeds, being in close proximity to good transport links, and finding either a fully refurbished or a new-build house.
Your guide to period features
Given that period elements are becoming more popular in newer properties, you might want to consider embracing the past in your own home as well. Certainly, if you’re planning on selling your house and moving elsewhere in the near future, doing so could well mean you facilitate an easier sale – and get the price you want for the property.
But what period features should you consider introducing at home? It avn be tricky to decide where to focus your efforts, so here are a few examples of period designs that could yield very positive results, whether you want to relocate or if you have no plans to move.
Victorian homes were very generously proportioned and high ceilings were a desirable feature back then, as they are now. It isn’t an easy job to change the height of your ceiling but it can be done, although it may prove costly. You can create the illusion of height and make smaller spaces feel more open for a lot less money, however.
How? By drawing the eye upwards in a variety of ways. This could be achieved through the installation of tall, thin bookshelves or wardrobes, by extending your kitchen cabinets all the way to the ceiling and keeping the colour uniform, using full-height mirrors or by painting the ceilings, walls and skirting boards in the same shade so you can blur where the walls end and the ceilings begin.
Investing in new sash windows for your Berkshire home could well increase the value of your property, as well as making your home a more welcoming and inviting space in which to live.
Such windows can make a massive difference to the look and feel of your house and you can easily have double-glazed sliding sash windows installed at home so you can enjoy the aesthetics without having to compromise on energy savings.
A growing number of homeowners are now keen to see these period windows installed at home, whether it’s by updating their existing windows and giving them a new lease of life or by replicating the look with modern alternatives with the same look.
Stained glass was a big feature in homes of the Victorian era, particularly in front doors. As such, this would be an incredibly easy way of bringing a more period feel to your house and it’s something that you could replicate in other parts of the property if you like the way it looks in your front door.
Fireplaces were massively popular in Victorian homes and you could generally find one in every room. If you already have a period fireplace in your living room or other part of the house, then you’re in luck as that’s the battle won!
If it needs restoring, make that your focus but otherwise you don’t have to worry too much as people will certainly respond favourably to its presence if you’re looking to sell your house soon.
But you can also get the look relatively easily if you don’t have fireplaces in any of your rooms at home by choosing a cast iron or tiled fireplace insert (with both antique and modern ones available) and then selecting a fire surround to finish the look off to perfection.
Victorian interior design also featured a lot of architectural mouldings both in and outside buildings, used to enhance the appearance of properties. Stucco was often used as it was more affordable than stone, unless this was abundant in the local area.
Interior mouldings include ceiling roses, coving and plaster cornicing, and were used especially in parts of the house where the residents would entertain guests – a way of impressing people who popped over for a cup of tea and a chat.
Interestingly, mouldings were created to match the room in which they were to be featured, so you would expect to find fruit included on the mouldings for the dining room, for example.
Are you interested in finding out more about period features like sash windows? Get in touch with us today for further help and advice.