If you are looking for a quirky home rather than a traditional two up two down, you need to be aware of the additional costs that come with a unique design.
Big, small, old, new, 3 bathrooms or 4 you are bound to incur further charges for the more outlandish housing designs, no matter where you are throughout the country.
Property Searches Are Never-ending
When looking for your ‘perfect’ home, you could be searching forever. In some cases, the only way in which you can get your dream property is through building it yourself but I am well aware the costs that this incurs and so are you.
Dream properties are far and few between throughout the whole of the UK but finding your dream property doesn’t have to be impossible. 9/10 of my clients have been looking for that one, stand out feature that is special to them and their needs to create their ‘quirky’ home around. Whether it be a periodic property or a small country cottage, you make the house a home with your own personal touch but don’t forget what this could mean to your pocket.
Old Vs. New
Throughout my many years of property surveying, I have come across both old and new properties looking for that quirky element. From exposed timber beams, low ceilings and high ceilings to inglenook fireplaces and seats in a window, there is nothing that I have not seen in homeowners’ efforts to be different.
People even pay good money for squeaky floorboards!
If the thought of an old house with dust in all corners really excites you, then great but please don’t forget other factors that come with period properties. Take a look at energy efficiency, sound proofing and thermal efficiency that older buildings appear to lack in when not cared for properly.
However, if you are looking for new builds, you are more likely going to be met with thermal efficiency, lowered fuel costs and better sound proofing because for many years now, new builds have to meet certain UK Building Regulations. Granted, there will always be some exceptions where those constructing new houses will try to incorporate architectural and period features, however these are few and far between and certainly hike in price when they do.
The reason this is so rare is usually because of a desire to cram as many plots onto a site as possible, to be built as cheaply as possible and to therefore maximise profit. There is also a general reduction in traditional craft skills, which are being lost as older craft workers retire and colleges fail to teach new ‘apprentices’ these types of skills.
Whether you are looking to move homes, extend or just see what your options are, it is important that you weigh up the pros and cons before carrying anything out. Although modern houses are built to exactly how you want them, they don’t have the same features as older properties. If you are constructing the property yourself, you can choose the assembly, the architectural designs and periodic features that interest you personally but in most cases you are left with the results of fresh plastered walls, perfect angles and even floorboards which are not so ‘quirky’ after all.
In my career of surveying I have come across numerous ‘quirky’ properties that I love to spend my time in. However, I have also come across older buildings that have been renovated and stripped of their characteristics in order to sell quicker on the market.
When carrying out building surveys in older properties, I always advise anyone looking to change their property to make sure they are not removing any listed characteristics in their home and make them question if it really is a good idea to remove the pieces that make a house a home with history. I understand that not everyone has the same tastes but if you are looking for a blank canvas then the simplest solution is to just buy a modern home without renovating an old building that is built on memories.
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