Around a quarter of a million new build UK homes were completed in the year to March. But what design trends are influencing new homes coming to market? From modern kitchens and bathrooms to a focus on sustainability, check out the key design aspects of new build houses.
Energy efficient living
The UK’s current housing stock is some of the leakiest in Europe when it comes to retaining heat, which is a key part of the reason why households are the largest single contributor to our national carbon emissions. Given their promise to reach net zero by 2050, the government has put together guidelines to ensure that new build homes are much more energy efficient than their existing counterparts.
Better insulation and improved heating systems are the major reason why new build houses are more energy efficient. Renewable energy is also being harnessed in some cases in an effort to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, such as through the use of solar panels or brand-new technology like ground source heat pumps. The effectiveness of these design elements is demonstrated by the fact that the new builds emerging across the UK have an EPC rating of B or better while over 50% of existing properties are rated D or lower.
Modern kitchens and bathrooms
No matter how big or small, new houses are fitted with the most up-to-date fixtures as standard. This means that you can have confidence in the long-lasting functioning of your appliances rather than having to tackle the issues that come with old models and outdated plumbing.
These modern fixtures include energy-saving technology such as induction hobs rather than gas cookers and dual-flush toilets and low-flow showerheads, helping to save you money on your monthly bills as well as negating the need for maintenance costs.
Perhaps particularly important now that the culture of working from home seems set to stay, at least in the short-term, is that new build homes have improved lighting. Windows designed to capture the most of the sun and simply more lightbulbs and plug points are the main reasons why new houses feel brighter and more welcoming. And when working from home, it is vital to have good visibility to avoid straining your eyes.
You can also be sure that the electrics concealed within the walls will be to the highest modern standards, in contrast to the ‘guessing game’ formations that are sometimes found in old houses.
Increased storage space
New build homes are known for their efficiency, which includes a fairly compact design that makes the most of the available space. However, this does not mean that there is nowhere for you to store your belongings. New house design reflects modern living and therefore caters to the increased amount of possessions that homeowners typically have today.
Features such as built-in wardrobes and under-stair alcoves provide easy-access storage, while the attic space is perfect for more bulky items or seasonal décor. Many kitchens and bathrooms in new build homes also feature floor-to-ceiling cupboards which maximise the available storage space.
A customizable subscription slide-in box to promote your newsletter
Privacy & Cookies Policy
Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website.