Reasons to be cheerful Pt 3

cheerfull 6Even if you are not ready to create the ultimate intelligent home, take the opportunity when renovating to lay extra cable throughout the whole of the house. Doing so for a three-or four-bedroom property should only cost £1,000 and gives flexibility when you’re ready to take that next step.

Eco-architecture is also becoming more prevalent. Inspiration can be taken from Cobalt Place in Battersea Village, winner of the 2016 Evening Standard’s Eco-Living Award. The developer LendLease built 100 apartments and town houses using an advanced form of timber construction that cuts the amount of energy needed to heat the building by 40 per cent, while improving air quality and reducing noise pollution.

“IT’S EASIER TO INCORPORATE ECO BUILDING PRINCIPLES INTO A NEW BUILD RATHER THAN AN EXTENSION, BUT AT THE VERY LEAST, ADD BETTER INSULATION”

These attractive wooden homes have an outer layer of warm brick and the development is considered to be one of the most energy efficient in London.

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These attractive wooden homes have an outer layer of warm brick and the development is considered to be one of the most energy efficient in London.

The eco self-build is less common in built-up areas. Igho Tabor of Siproj Architecture says it’s difficult to incorporate eco principles into an extension but easier in a new-build. “What you can do though is install better insulation.” And follow in LendLease’s green footprints using a timber or oak frame. This saves time – a wooden-framed model can be erected when there’s a frost unlike stone or brick. Not only is the build more energy efficient than traditional construction methods, but it will provide better insulation so lower heating bills.

Green or living roofs are becoming fashionable on the top of single storey extensions. The surface is covered in a waterproofing membrane and then vegetation or possibly a pond. This reduces storm water running off, increases insulation and looks attractive from the bedrooms above.

When it comes to refurbishments, families in Nappy Valley are bang on trend and in terms of buying and selling, Luke Parle of Portico believes the slight scent of uncertainty lingering from 2016 has almost vanished.

“Most of the activity has been sub £1m, meaning the house and larger flat market is somewhat quieter in comparison, but I expect these transactions to increase over the next few months, as many of our sellers are upsizing.”

“In the long term, price appreciation in the area will outweigh stamp duty,” Rampton explains. “Marriage, divorce, birth and death are still powering the market and those who need to move are taking the plunge as long as they feel their job is secure.”

NAPPY VALLEY PRICE GROWTH

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NAPPY VALLEY PRICES CHART

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