Party barns are on list of must-haves
MUST-HAVES in the property world change all the time with the current list now including party barns, dressing rooms and plunge pools.
Studies are still popular but open-plan living is a bit past it, according to the latest list compiled by property search firm Stacks.
“Anything from a dilapidated outbuilding with dirt floors, to a properly renovated barn with underfloor heating and full sound system counts as a party barn and every home should have one,” said Rachel Johnston, from Stacks Property Search.
Next is a bar in the garden. This can be a cabana, a summer house or even a small covered space that can be dressed up .
Nowadays everyone seems to have too many clothes for a wardrobe so dressing rooms are on the must-have list.
“The best dressed houses all have a customised dressing room, sometimes sacrificing a bedroom for the purpose,” explained Johnston.
And a swimming pool is no longer essential for the discerning home seller. Plunge pools are today’s alternative to a swimming pool.
They should have just enough space to plunge in and cool off, but take up less space, and require little maintenance compared with the fullsized thing.
Completely open-plan living is a bit passé, but blended areas that interconnect kitchen/ living/dining/sitting/ playing and watching, while still providing some privacy is on the desired list.
It used to be called a box room, but if it’s big enough for a lap top and some files, it’s a study and can add to the value and desirability of a property.
They used to be called fields, but now they’re called paddocks and conjure up images of ponies and chickens, rather than a man with a tractor.
Things that have fallen off the desirable list include whirlpool baths, along with egg-shaped baths as the more classical look is in vogue.
Grey will be all over by 2016 and polished concrete has already gone out of fashion, as have signature walls with oversized flowery wallpaper on one wall of a room.
If you must have a swimming pool then the advice is to go for an indoor pool, especially one that can open up to the gardens, with direct access from the house.
Subterranean floors without any natural light are out, as are bifold doors as they’re no longer aspirational, and can be found in every mass development.
●● Party barns, dressing rooms and plunge pools are popular with homebuyers