The coming of age of contemporary classics
Contemporary properties are increasingly finding favour with buyers who once would only have considered the architectural cachet of period buildings, according to national estate agents Jackson-Stops & Staff, with 44 offices nationwide. Dawn Carritt, head of Country Houses, Jackson-Stops & Staff, comments, Buyers are appreciating that new houses present a wealth of lifestyle, financial and environmental benefits for the homeowner. Contemporary properties, whether constructed with sweeping glass and steel cladding or to a more traditional style, are modern classics which will aesthetically stand the test of time. Creating a new house in the classical style is becoming an increasingly popular trend. Using traditional architectural design and the finest local materials not only creates properties which blend seamlessly in with the local aesthetic but also allows home owners to benefit from the contemporary finish and eco-credentials. Contemporary buildings also require very little maintenance. Properties are often constructed using a fabric first approach to sustainability, with materials and construction techniques chosen to deliver energy efficiency. This translates into considerable savings for the homeowner and enhances contemporary properties appeal when compared to period houses, which tend to require higher investment in upkeep and running costs.