CLICK AND BUY
In a time of jewellery, mobile phones and TVs being being bought online, it was only a matter of time before the home itself was added to cart. No more tramping about all Sunday, every Sunday, house-hunting. Or clambering up buildings that are still under construction. Today’s buyer prefers to just go online, get a 360-degree view of the property and its surroundings, chat live with a builder’s representative, explore their options and discuss possible discounts and payment options. There are even those who go all the way and are willing to book online because it is faster, easier and convenient.
As twin incomes become more common and cooking becomes less of a priority — either it’s a rush job or someone else is doing the cooking — kitchens are getting smaller (albeit better equipped), and that space is being added to ‘social sections’ of the home, areas such as balconies.
Gone are the formal dining rooms and kitchens large enough to accommodate a table. Most 21st-century MMR floor plans have larger communal spaces, and layouts that people can flow through rather than be sectioned off in. And the bath- rooms… they have to look like a hotel’s. The glass door / cubicle is almost mandatory, as are those marble-toned little shelves just big enough to fit a shampoo bottle on.