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A different type of property porn - Modernist. And a bit of an AIBU?

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nickymanchester Sat 08-Feb-14 14:18:04

Most of the property porn threads I've seen have had very 'traditional' looking houses.

I'm more of a 'modernist' person myself. Think Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van de Rohe etc

So, a couple of links to my idea of porn and, if I can, a couple of questions for people here that are really AIBU.

www.homedsgn.com/2012/01/22/oz-house-by-swatt-miers-architects/

www.swattmiers.com/#/projects/residential/0/

www.swattmiers.com/#/projects/residential/17/

OK, so we are looking to buy a plot of land in East Anglia and build our own house. I'd love to build a smaller version of something like those in the links above

Q1 - DH wants to build a bog standard box of a house - like on any modern estate - as it'll be cheaper per sq meter so we can have a bigger house for the same money. I'd rather go for a house with a more imaginative design and better quality fixtures but accept that it will be smaller. AIBU or is he? And why do men always seem to think that bigger is better?

Q2 - Am I just being crazy wanting a modernist style house in the middle of the East Anglian countryside?

Beautiful. Do it.

IrrelevantDiscourse Sat 08-Feb-14 14:38:47

I would give my right arm to live in that kind of house! DP and I are both modernist types so if we ever had the money we would do it (and would be phoning those swatt miers people!).

You can put a fabulous modernist house anywhere IMO, it will work in city, suburbs or countryside.

squoosh Sat 08-Feb-14 14:41:25

If I was building my own home I'd definitely go for something beyond an identikit Barrat style home, otherwise why bother? The houses you've linked to are gorgeous, the only thing I'd say is that the wooden exteriors like the ones in those photos age very badly and very quickly in this damp climate.

Aside from that, go for it!

eurochick Sat 08-Feb-14 14:47:45

I love modern architecture like that. Do it.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 08-Feb-14 14:50:42

I hate to be a killjoy but isn't East Anglia rather at risk from flooding, and considering that "extreme" weather events are becoming more common...

Sofasofasofa Sat 08-Feb-14 14:51:05

We are currently building a modern house in the country. Going by the area standard it's really out there& random people love stopping for a nosey. It's so exciting & will be our forever home so we are making it modern but livable iykwim?

IrrelevantDiscourse Sat 08-Feb-14 14:54:45

Re flooding, you could ask for an elevated design with a garage/carport/cellar and shaded porch on the ground floor and everything else higher up.

LoveIsTheDrug Sat 08-Feb-14 15:01:20

They are wonderful and I really like them from an aesthetic and architectural point of view.

Would I want to live in one? No. Not cosy enough.

That said, I wouldn't build a Barratt knock-off either. Nafftastic.

It's funny that this thread should pop up today actually, as DH and we're talking about next time and would we buy or would we build. I think our problem with building from scratch would be choosing a style that wasight for both of us.

2014ThisIsMyYear Sat 08-Feb-14 15:11:47

Go for it! Those houses are very striking and very attractive. Those huge windows will be perfect for the huge East Anglian andscape. And if you as modernist/minimalist inside as out, you won't have a lot of 'stuff' inside therefore won't need a lot of space anyway. Surely?

Philoslothy Sat 08-Feb-14 15:13:49

We bought some land on the edge of a village and built a modernist house. I am sure most mumsnetters would hate it, but we love it and it is our forever home.

We have a small farm so it was tempting to build something traditional but it works really well because the space allows you to enjoy the view.

SundaySimmons Sat 08-Feb-14 15:16:22

Lovely designs.

I hate old fashioned.

This doesn't have as much glass as the ones you have linked to but it is mine and my daughters dream house. We often look at it and if we win the lottery I will buy it!

www.rightmove.co.uk/new-homes-for-sale/property-24639315.html

ScarlettMantleplume Sat 08-Feb-14 15:22:18

How about a Huf Haus? Sorry, I can't do links on iPhone. Haven't figured it out yet.

squoosh Sat 08-Feb-14 15:24:36

Grand Designs had a retired couple who had a Huf Haus built in a forest. It was lovely.

alcibiades Sat 08-Feb-14 15:28:32

I was just about to suggest a Huf Haus. Here are a couple of links:

www.huf-haus.com/en/the-huf-house/gallery.html

www.huf-haus-owners-group.co.uk/

TeWiSavesTheDay Sat 08-Feb-14 15:28:38

They are great designs! If flooding is a concern (though having grown up in ea, I'd be more concerned about droughts) modern styles can look brilliant on stilts.

I can't see any point in building your own home just to end up with a standard new build.

The locals will probably get a bit irate though - if you can incorporate local material into the design things will go better.

SundaySimmons Sat 08-Feb-14 15:39:38
SundaySimmons Sat 08-Feb-14 15:41:11

Good website here, for advice

www.selfbuildportal.org.uk

nickymanchester Sat 08-Feb-14 15:42:14

Thanks for everyone's replies. It's nice to know I'm not alone in liking this type of house.

With regards to flooding, although I hope this won't out me at all, we're looking at north Cambs/south Lincs sort of area and the flooding hasn't been too bad.

I also totally take on board the points about using local materials and how wood exteriors age in our climate.

So, if I can manage to persuade DH about this we'll need to find an architect. Philoslothy did you use an architect and was it difficult to find one?

I'd love to use the architects from the links I gave above but I'd be really worried about how much they'd charge.

ScarlettMantleplume Sat 08-Feb-14 15:43:55

Contact them and ask!

And then report back and let us know. smile

rabbitlady Sat 08-Feb-14 15:44:20

better in hot climates. are you somewhere warm?

rabbitlady Sat 08-Feb-14 15:45:15

no, you're not. look at the old properties in the area, the ones put up before building regs and planning permission. their designs are based on what works in that area.

hootloop Sat 08-Feb-14 15:47:12

Sorry but I think those modern houses look like a cross between offices, leisure centres and car showrooms. I don't think one could ever feel homely.

I would build a beautiful traditional house if I could afford to do it. But I can't and you can so you need to build something you both love.

LondonInHighHeeledBoots Sat 08-Feb-14 15:50:28

A tip from a friend who is building her own house, ask everyone you know who has built their own house what they would change or add! The main topic apparently is toilets grin .

Philoslothy Sat 08-Feb-14 15:59:14

grin at hootloop as I said our home is not to everyone's taste and it is certainly not to the taste of the average mumsnetter.

I think our home is homely , however I think we make it that way with our presence.

On a quiet day there will be 6 of us, often there is double that number.

We did spend a lot of time asking people about their homes, visiting homes and thinking about what we liked and disliked about previous homes .

I think that if you are building something controversial in a quite conservative community you need to work hard at selling yourself to that community.

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