5 Tips To Create A New Build Home In England

Posted on: 18 December 2023


Our Top 5 Tips To Create A New Build Home Of Your Dreams


Our clients frequently ask us for professional tips in the quest for excellent home design ideas and advice, so our team of architects has compiled their 5 tips to create a new build home in England as part of our “Top Townscape Architects Tips.”


Tip 1 - Go Open Plan


Should I design an open plan layout for a new build?

If you plan on maximising space, minimising walls is the best option. Open plan rooms use every last inch to their full effect, the space flows more freely, and multiple functions can occur in one ample space. Family rooms are great social spaces, and in one large open area, you can intentionally design various stations, such as cooking, eating, socialising and relaxing areas.

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Tip 2 - Open Up Spaces With Sliding Doors


How can I make my living space more flexible?

Consider internal sliding doors for flexible living spaces that can be open-plan or closed to suit your household. These pocket sliding doors offer a clever way to divide interior space, even if just temporarily. Sliding doors slide into a cavity within an internal wall and, when open, are entirely invisible. When you want to close spaces off, the doors magically slide smoothly into position.

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Tip 3 - Sustainable Underfloor Heating


Should I consider underfloor heating with a new build home?

The most sustainable, discreet and efficient heating is underfloor heating; the best time to add this is when building your new home. Avoid cluttering up walls with radiators and install under-floor heating. It comes in various formats and can usually be coupled to an existing boiler. It can be installed under new or existing floors with minimal disruption. You can also consider electric underfloor heating, but it is best suited to small rooms like bathrooms; otherwise, it can be a more expensive option.


Tip 4 - Super Insulation And Renewables In New Builds


How can I reduce energy bills and make my home energy efficient?

By increasing the amount of insulation in your home, you will reduce your energy use from the outset. Add renewable energy sources like solar panels or ground-source heat pumps in a new build if your budget allows.

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Tip 5 - Complete Your Home With Flooring & Lighting In New Builds


What flooring is best for open-plan living?

Using contrasting floor coverings or alternating the direction of flooring can help define functions within an open-plan space. Be creative with your flooring to link spaces together. Alternatively, use consistent floor coverings throughout the existing house, running through any extensions, nearby rooms or into the garden to create a beautiful flow. See more flooring tips here.

How do you use lighting in a new home?

Often overlooked, lighting is one of the most essential interior design elements to get right. Lighting creates a dramatic effect and can change the mood and feel of a space. In an open plan space, you should consider how that space will be used at certain times of the day; a functional space, an entertaining space and a relaxing space – our lighting tip is that it needs to be adaptable to tick all the boxes.

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