Can the pre-fab be a leader in beautiful home design? We think it’s the way to go.
Mention pre-fab housing to anyone over 50 and they’re likely to have stories of their experiences with post war quick build dwellings that were intended to get Britain through its housing crisis. When they were built there was little love for them, but as replacement programmes diminished their numbers so a groundswell of affection led to a number being protected by listed building status.
As the home market continues to show an increase in value, home owners across the UK are working to improve the potential value of their home as they look to maximise their return of investment following successful sale, however it seems that what they believe to be the most effective is in fact not the biggest price increasing feature.
Barratt Homes is expecting to benefit from the latest UK housing boom and predicts pre-tax profits of around £390 million, with forward-sales expected to be up by 45% to £1.2 billion. Barratt Homes is the UK’s biggest house builder by volume and it has sold 14,838 homes in the past year, 8.6% up from the year before.
Although eight out of ten homeowners are implementing ways to save energy in their homes, it seems like the majority of them do so to save money and not for environmental reasons. According to new figures released by M&S Bank, 80% of home owners have made at least one green improvement to their home in the last year including fitting energy saving light bulbs, recycling and switching off lights in unused rooms.
Fears are growing that the housing market could slow in the UK after the number of mortgage approvals dropped 3.5% in May compared to 2013. The British Bankers Associations latest report shows that the number of mortgages approved by banks fell in May, the fourth consecutive drop in approvals.
Developers at the iconic 20 Fenchurch building, dubbed the ‘Walkie-Talkie’ in London have been given planning permission to install a bris soleil sunshade to the building after the suns reflection off the building caused damage to cars and businesses in a nearby street.
British Gas subsidiary, Hive has been a pioneer of smart-home technologies for a number of years and has recently added remote control features to its successful Active Heating system that allows users to control their central heating when they are away from their home.
Staggering figures show that homeowners in the North East will remain in negative equity for up to five years
New figures released by the estate agents Countrywide has found that 6% of first-time buyers who bought their property in 2007 continue to be in negative equity, with the North East worst affected.
Ed Miliband will today announce plans for a large scale shakeup of the rental market as part of the Labour party’s campaign to tackle the ‘cost of living crisis’.
The announcement will outlay plans to ban landlords from evicting tenants as a quick way to increase their income and will also ban letting agents from demanding fees from tenants, in the biggest shakeup of the rental market for more than two decades.
Easter is the busiest time of year for DIYer’s planning to do up their homes, with an estimated 9.5 million Brits doing some kind of home improvement over the weekend. As always, doing a DIY project that has been bugging you can be really satisfying, but remember to be safe.
The Architizer A+ Awards showcase some of the most unique houses and architectural buildings in the world and this year’s finalists in the large, single family house category are nothing short of stunning.