Choosing the Right Style of Home for Your Family

While many of you looking to purchase a house to make it into a home, may already know what style you have in mind, there are so many different styles available in the market, that it makes sense to understand them before you take the final step of purchasing one. While shopping for a house, you need to narrow down your choices to only those styles that are most suitable for your family. There's no point really in having fallen in love with a house style, that isn't suitable to your needs.

The UK has a wide range of house styles, many of which are period styles. Some new formats have sprung up in modern times too. Here's a breakdown of the types that we most commonly see in the UK:

Detached: These homes as the name suggest are unattached buildings, without any adjoining walls to any other building. They usually have their own garden and would probably have a garage too

Semi Detached: These houses share an adjoining wall with another property. They usually come with a small front and a larger rear garden. A father and son architectural partnership are credited with the design of the semi-detached sometime in the 19th century.

Terraced homes: Although terraced houses were hallmarks of Georgian architecture, by early Victorian period, they had taken the shape of individual homes that repeated the design, joined together in rows.
Georgian architecture is characterised by being much grander than Victorian, which is seen as being more practical. Terraced houses are separated from each other by two partially adjoining walls. So, an end terrace would be separated from just one other house through the adjoining wall.

Mews House: This style originated sometime in the 17thcentury when housing quarters were created out of old stables or carriage houses. They are usually located in wealthy districts and can be very expensive.

Apartments: Apartments or flats are self contained units, mostly located on one floor, though in some cases, they can be spread over two floors. Apartments can be purpose built or at times can be converted from a larger house. This style is quite popular with singletons and is commonly seen in city centre areas.

Bunglows: Bungalows became popular in the UK sometime just after the First World War, many being built in coastal areas. These houses are characterized by being single storey and can be detached as well as semi detached. They can be quite popular with the elderly population.

Period Properties:
A number of houses in the UK have been conserved beautifully over the years. These houses are named after the period in which they are built. They are namely :-
  • Georgian (1714-1811)
  • Regency (1811-1837)
  • Victorian (1837-1901)
  • Edwardian (1901-1914)
Studio Apartments: These are flats that are made of one room demarcated into a small living area, a sleeping area, a small kitchen and a bathroom. They are best suited for a single person as they are quite cramped.

So here's an outline of the types of houses you have to your disposal in making the most important purchase of your life. This is not an exhaustive list of styles of course, but is a starting point for your research in understanding house types in the UK.

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