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what will be the original features of the houses being built today?

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DiaDuit Sat 23-Aug-14 19:36:03

apart from magnolia paint.

I'm watching LLL and they are talking about how a house has had the original features removed, cornicing, fireplaces, ceiling roses etc. I know lots of people restore houses and put back the features that have been removed over the years and I'm wondering what original features they will talk about in 100 years when referring to houses being built now.

any ideas? new houses all seem very bland and samey to me. I cant pinpoint anything that would be considered 'of it's time' (now) in 100 or even 50 years.

Onesleeptillwembley Sat 23-Aug-14 19:43:44

The lack of parking! I looked at a few new 4/5 bed houses and not one had parking for more than 2 cars. You usually buy a bigger house for a reason. The 3bed and smaller were lucky to have space for one. And this is the north.

DiaDuit Sat 23-Aug-14 19:57:14

oh yes i'll agree with that. my first house was a new build ten years ago and each house had one car space and some of them at really awkward angles making it very difficult to get into them.

DiaDuit Sat 23-Aug-14 19:59:14

i'll also add lack of storage! I viewed 3 new builds in the last 3 years and in each one of them the tenants had to store their hoover and ironing board in the front hallway. no cupboard under the stairs as it was a toilet, no cupboard in the kitchen and no upstairs cupboards for them.

Onesleeptillwembley Sat 23-Aug-14 20:03:03

And the rooms are so small. Yes, you can get a double bed in the 'double bedroom' but the whole inch of space around leaves room for nothing else.

AngelsWithSilverWings Sat 23-Aug-14 20:07:20

I was going to say the en suite bathroom even in a teeny tiny house. It seems compulsory to have one in every bedroom now. My friend lives in a 2 bed new build house where the second bedroom is only just big enough for a cot bed and yet the first bedroom has an ensuite shower room.

The best house I ever had for storage was a Bovis home built in the mid 80's - I dream about all that lovely storage space now. My much much bigger 30's semi has none at all and until I discovered that I could store my ironing board behind the fridge it lived behind the sofa. The Hoover lives in the spare room.

CalamitouslyWrong Sat 23-Aug-14 20:12:29

Erm, the 'features' everyone gets all hot and bothered about these days were the 'bland and samey' of their own era.

Folks will be buying early 21st century houses and reinstating the feature walls in floral wallpaper and laminate flooring while lamenting the philistines who removed those 'original features'. They'll be salivating over chromed light switches and spotlights in kitchen ceilings.

Onesleeptillwembley Sat 23-Aug-14 20:14:08

And the lack of soundproofing. I bought a Wimpey house in the 90's (don't touch them with a barge pole, anyone, shit standards to the point of danger and complete liars). In the semis down the road they could hear sneezes, alarm clocks, even someone having a wee at night from next door.

NoArmaniNoPunani Sat 23-Aug-14 20:22:07

I wonder if we'll ever see a return to artex, woodchip, coloured bathroom suites. Then the person who buys my house will think I'm absolutely insane for removing it all.

Onesleeptillwembley Sat 23-Aug-14 20:26:46

The hideous seventies stuff that was around in my childhood has very quickly come back. If you've lived with it and moved on you'll only ever see it as a bad step back.

CalamitouslyWrong Sat 23-Aug-14 20:30:26

We will NoArmani. Some people are already lamenting the coloured bathroom suites thing. You see threads on here asking where to get one sometimes.

IScreamForIceCream Sat 23-Aug-14 20:30:27

Well eventually the tide will turn re open plan - so kitchen diner etc etc will all be 'period. As will bifold doors, big white box extensions containing aforementioned things.

SmallBee Sat 23-Aug-14 20:31:08

After house hunting for weeks now I'm going to suggest a Kitchen Island as a period feature. As well as a box room, laminate flooring & alllll of the chrome.

DiaDuit Sat 23-Aug-14 20:35:08

I think artex and coloured bathroom suites will definitely come back. my aunt built her house in the 70's and still has her plum bathroom suite. I'm so used to it now I no longer notice how hideous it is. I kind of hope she never removes it and keeps her bathroom as a mini time warp grin

I cant see anyone lamenting the removal of laminate flooring. tbh it's hard to avoid removing it as it's so shit it gets worn and damaged very quickly.

burnishedsilver Sat 23-Aug-14 20:36:51

PVC windows.
Large glass sliding doors.
Chrome sockets and light switches.
Down lighters.
Very large floor and wall tiles.
Kitchen islands with pendants over.
Stainless steel.

burnishedsilver Sat 23-Aug-14 20:37:46

....and wet rooms.

expatinscotland Sat 23-Aug-14 20:38:17

Those horrid subway tiles.

Wer rooms with no bath.

DiaDuit Sat 23-Aug-14 20:43:28

what are subway tiles? are they the rectangular ones that are usually black or white and high gloss? about the size of a house brick?

RandomMess Sat 23-Aug-14 20:47:57

TBH the features of my 60's house are really growing on me - minimalism and huge windows, cheap & easy to maintain!

LongFingers Sat 23-Aug-14 20:52:58

I agree period features of this era will be ensuites and open plan kitchen diners with islands with bifold doors.

crumpet Sat 23-Aug-14 20:59:28

Surely the houses being built now will have crumbled by then? Not a chance that they'll last 100 years...

juneybean Sat 23-Aug-14 21:01:20

Paperthin walls!

Notso Sat 23-Aug-14 21:10:59

Those grey folding doors and log burners

DiaDuit Sat 23-Aug-14 21:16:45

yes to log burners!

capsium Sat 23-Aug-14 21:19:24


Doors that fold away completely to the garden as opposed to sliding patio doors.

Range cookers.

Wood burners.

Wet rooms.

Centre kitchen islands.

Wall mounted TVs.

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