Party barns are on list of must-haves

Macclesfield Express - - HOMES -

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

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