Streets Apart: New-Builds v Period Homes
New-build properties are more likely to have open plan layouts, alongside the downsides such as lower ceilings and thinner walls. Period properties may be solidly built, often with large windows, high ceilings and cornices. But they can cost far more to maintain and heat, and the layout can be a nightmare for modern living, especially if they have been carved up into flats.
“British people have a love affair with period properties – and are attracted by the character and the details, like sash windows and fire-places” says Nick Marr at property portal TheHouseShop.com. “The problem is, for many, spiralling prices for these types of homes have put them out of reach.”