Property news roundup: Homeowners going green to save costs
Plus, a 'Grand Design' project, rent worries, Help to Buy, and student flatsharing
Alex Johnson has been part of The Independent's online team since 2007. He has been writing about microarchitecture on his internationally-acclaimed Shedworking blog since 2006 and is the author of Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution. His latest book is Bookshelf, published by Thames & Hudson.
Monday 30 June 2014
Although nine out of ten homeowners are keen to save energy in the home, half are doing so mainly to save money and only one in and less than 10 per cent are doing it for environmental reasons.
According to figures from M&S Bank nearly four in five have made at least one green home improvement in the last year, the most popular move being switching off lights in unused rooms (83 per cent), recycling (also 83 per cent) and using energy efficient light bulbs (78 per cent)
The top home improvements homeowners would seriously consider making are installing a more energy efficient boiler (19 per cent), solar panels (19 per cent), and triple glazing (13 per cent).
One in five people are concerned that they will have to move out of their local area because of the high cost of housing.
The figure is even higher for those aged 16-24, a third of whom feel housing costs will force them out, according to the survey for the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Overall, nearly two third of those polled feel it is harder to buy or rent a home than for their parents' generation when they were the same age, and three quarters believe the generation below them will find it harder still.
A third say their housing costs are causing them significant amounts of stress and are worried about being unable to pay mortgage payments by this time next year. More than 40 per cent of renters had similar concerns about meeting their monthly payments.
CIH Chief executive Grainia Long said: "These figures are further confirmation that our housing crisis is causing misery for millions of people across Great Britain and fuelling fears for the future, particularly among younger people. We must take action now for the sake of future generations.
"Our survey showed that four in ten people would support more homes being built in their local area. We think they are absolutely right. To have any hope of tackling our housing crisis we must drastically increase the number of new homes we build across all tenures."
Live in a 'Grand Design' former schoolhouse
This three bedroom detached former school in Cropton, Pickering, Yorkshire, includes arched mullion windows. The schoolhouse building has been completely remodernised but there is still work to do on the the old school building, although electrics and drainage are already in place. On with Rounthwaite & Woodhead at £498,000 who describe it as 'an excellent ‘Grand Designs’ opportunity without having to rough it while the work gets done'.
Help to Buy
Around 55 per cent of people who have bought a property using the Help to Buy scheme have moved from the private rented sector, according to figures from Countrywide.
Its latest report indicates the income of the average Help to Buy purchaser moving from privately rented accommodation is £41,000.
"The Help to Buy scheme is enabling a growing number of households to achieve their aspiration of homeownership at a time when the proportion of high loan to value values is historically low," said Nigel Stockton, Countrywide's Group Financial Services Director. "As homeownership rates decline, particularly among younger age groups, Help to Buy increasingly represents the way many new households are able to get onto the housing ladder."
The number of students looking for a flatshare across the UK has risen steadily since the beginning of the year to reach its highest ever level in May, say Easyroommate. The site has seen a 40 per cent rise in the overall number of students actively looking for accommodation with particular demand in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol and Brighton.
This five-bedroom red-brick beauty overlooks the village green and sits in just under two acres of land
A three-bedroom villa with self-contained flat, minutes from Lake Windermere
A deceptively spacious, beautifully presented Georgian home with 3000sq ft of living space and five reception rooms
A five-bedroom Victorian home with four receptions, superb gardens and paddock in Pembury
An eight-bedroom house on the south side of the The Green with cinema, wine cellars and summer house
This 17th century beauty is full of rustic cosiness, while the detached home office means you can also run a business
Four exclusive apartments in a Grade II-listed former medical school with 2,275 sq ft of living space and 18ft ceilings
A five-bedroom terraced house on the popular Peterborough Estate, ideally located for both Eel Brook Common and South Park
A state-of-the-art farm-building conversion on the former Cliveden Estate, with 11,420sq ft of internal space, cinema and wine cellar
A three-bedroom, 15th-century cottage with original features in the picturesque village of Sissinghurst
A six-bedroom terraced house with large south-facing roof terrace, cinema room and wine cellar
A new seven-bedroom home built in Queen Anne-style with swimming pool and parkland views in Mortimer
A listed, four-bedroom farmhouse in the rural hamlet of Rushall with detached barn, four acres of gardens and paddocks
A first-floor flat with two bedrooms, a spacious reception room and communal grounds in a leafy part of London
A three-bedroom flat with a spacious rootop terrace and balcony, accessed from a private gated courtyard
A Grade II-listed pile with six bedrooms, stables and 39 acres of grounds in Standlake
A two-bedroom flat with boutique hotel-style interiors, close to the foodie haunt of West End Lane
A two-bedroom flat in a beautiful old vicarage, with many original features, close to the city centre
A three-bedroom 16th-century home with an aga kitchen, private gardens and heated outdoor pool, in Hadleigh
A three-bedrom home in sought-after Queen's Gate Mews, with Italian marble-finished bathrooms
Surrounded by glorious countryside in the village of Udimore, sits this impressive four-kiln oast and barn conversion
A five-bedroom house in the picturesque village of Kettlewell, north Yorkshire
An 18th-century former coaching inn with original staircase, open fireplaces and beams throughout
A Grade II-listed Georgian town house with three bedrooms and a south-facing courtyard, near Arundel Castle
Feel on top of the world at this über chic penthouse on the 37th floor of one of Europe’s tallest blocks.
A Grade II-listed Victorian villa with six bedrooms and two further cottages, all with spectacular sea views
A grade II-listed, Georgian cottage with mature 50ft garden, perfect for summer entertaining
A magnificent Georgian pile with turrets, seven bedrooms, a heated pool and four acres of gardens
Fairoak Farm has five bedroom suites, gym, outdoor swimming pool and golf course
Chic two-bedroom river-fronted flat with a private lift that delivers you directly to your home
A spectacular seven-bedroom Tudor pile, once owned by Henry VIII, with 18 acres of land
A seven-bedroom Georgian property previously used as a picturesque wedding venue
A split-level flat in a church conversion with two en suite bedrooms and 1,200sq ft of living space
A three-bedroom bungalow situated behind an impressive stone wall, £645,000
Windsor Castle overlooks this three-bedroom Victorian cottage located on one of Windsor's smartest roads
Chapel House is a former vicarage with nine bedrooms in the beautiful Upper Wye Valley
A five-bedroom B&B and separate owner's accomodation with potential for conversion
Enjoy summer by the Thames in this two double-bedroom converted warehouse in Rotherhithe village
A one-bedroom, luxury apartment with private gym and concierge service in Moorgate
A four-bedroom house in Hermitage Gardens with three reception rooms and landscaped gardens
A seven-bedroom Grade II-listed property with a separate self-contained apartment
A five-bedroom Victorian house with three reception rooms and galleried landing, £695,000
A six-bedroom farmhouse with five acres of land in a former cloth-making village
A secluded seven-bedroom detached house with large private garden, £490,000
A three-bedroom cottage overlooking Sarratt village green with open fires and solid oak floors
A three-bedroom maisonette flat in a Grade I-listed, Georgian townhouse in a sought-after location
A one-bedroom apartment located within a private gated development, north of Turnham Green
Look forward to a brighter future at two-bedroom Sunny Cottages, ideal for Londoners looking to downsize
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