Every property has its own personality, and many of us are on the look-out for particular characteristics when it comes to house hunting. Some of us want to own a piece of history and find a home with unique, period features while others tend to seek out a modern build with the latest tech already installed.
Our recent survey revealed the following five property styles to be the most desirable with Brits. From the old to the new, here's a closer look at the hottest properties on the market.
Built: 1660 - 1688
Popular but difficult to find on the property market, pre-Georgian detached properties are usually located in the countryside. Quaint, cottage-like and smaller in size, you'll find lower ceilings with original beams and large fireplaces inside.
Pre-Georgian homes are popular for their homely feel and thatched rooftops. Original, solid wood flooring often remains, adding to the authentic charm of the build.
Built: 1714 - 1830
Ranking the most popular style with Brits in our survey, Georgian detached homes are defined by a few key characteristics. Often placed in the centre of a stunning landscape, you can expect plenty of open green space to accompany a detached Georgian build. The home itself can be recognised by its symmetry, airiness and height - detached Georgian homes tend to be wider and taller in the centre compared to your typical modern build.
Sash windows are common features, alongside a grand doorway leading into the house. For the interior, look out for ornate mouldings, panelling and fireplaces that act as a focal point within a room. Kitchens tend to be separate from the lounge and all rooms in the home are spacious.
Built: 1901 - 1910
Notably located in the suburbs, Edwardian semi-detached homes can be recognised by their red brickwork, pointed roofs and slate tiles. A demand for larger rooms make Edwardian homes highly sought-after today, and loft space is often easily converted to add even more room.
You're likely to find parquet solid wood flooring inside. The style gained popularity during the Victorian era, remaining popular in homes until the 1930s.
Often built in volume, builds from the 1990s tend to incorporate many modern features. Technology played a big role, with houses from the 1990s onwards being known for their improved security. Brick was mostly used in the design, but you may find elements of timber and stone in particular buildings. You'll find decent sized driveways with modern builds too.
Designed with the environment in mind, eco-builds reduce the industry's carbon footprint by using sustainable, and often local, materials. The aim is to produce an eco-friendly space, reducing the carbon footprint of the build and improving the overall energy-efficiency of the home. Features include solar panels, locally grown timber, rainwater recycling tanks and cellulose insulation.
Inside, rooms are often multifunctional. Open space planning is a key feature, with homes rarely featuring separate dining spaces. Kitchens will often include dining space, reflecting a more sociable modern lifestyle. Double or triple-glazing, underfloor heating and décor inspired by nature are common and highly desirable.
Whether you're selling your house or hunting for a new one, make sure you know the history of your home to enhance its key features. Original structures, a well-maintained floor and tasteful décor can have a huge impact on the value of your property.