Did you know? According to consumer research carried out this summer, the most architecturally desirable property style in the UK is Georgian, followed closely by Victorian and Tudor styles.
Georgian homes, with their instantly recognisable symmetry and grandeur, were a clear favourite according to the survey by Anglian Home Improvements which was commissioned to launch their Homes Across the Decades quiz. We were also fascinated to learn that the top 10 most popular architectural features of British homes are:-
1. Large windows (49%)
2. Bay windows (44%)
3. Porches (44%)
4. Stone built (33%)
5. Stained glass in the front door (30%)
6. Red brick (28%)
7. Sky-lights (27%)
8. Curved bays (27%)
9. Stained glass windows (24%)
10. Bifold doors (22%)
At Mactaggart & Mickel we have always looked to the architectural past in our home designs, which (in Scotland) often refer back to our own homes built in the 1930s in an Art Deco-style vernacular. Our striking home designs at our Scottish developments such as Buchanan Views in Killearn and Greenan Views in Ayr include some of the most popular architectural features such as large windows (and corner windows) projecting canopies, red brick and elegant black and white detailing.
The MacLaren at Greenan Views
However, at our St Jude’s Meadow development in Milton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, for the first time we had a unique and exciting opportunity to explore a more traditional style of home design - one which was totally new to us - to ensure our first ever Oxfordshire development would be in keeping with the character of the local area. Our Ferrey, Herbert and Wyatt homes on the development all incorporate the highly sought-after features of large bay windows, Chartwell green doors and window frames while some have reconstituted Cotswold stone exteriors. Our Ferrey showhome goes a step further with the highly unusual feature of a thatched roof!
The Wyatt at St Jude’s Meadow
The Ferrey at St Jude’s Meadow
Another development which will entice anyone with an interest in architecture was our refurbishment of the B-Listed Carrongrove House in Denny into 7 stunning contemporary apartments. We took great care to retain many iconic period features of this magnificent Tudor-style mansion, originally built in the 1860s, including a breath-taking central staircase with stained glass window, plus original marble fireplaces, ironwork and diamond roof slates. Click to view more images of this spectacular restoration…
Keen to find out more? Take the Homes Across the Decades quiz challenge and see if you can identify different types of homes and architectural styles….