James Robinson, General Manager at Lurot Brand looks at the old and the modern for his 2007 interior trends predictions.
Going old school
“We are seeing buyers tire of the lazy and cheap, glass and steel modernist interiors which are being built behind, and at odds with, the pretty period exteriors. We are starting to be asked for houses with character and a period feel again. Not surprising considering the nations love affair with period dramas like Downtown and virtually anything nostalgic.”
“Because square footage is at such a premium people have been tearing out fire places, and their chimney breasts for years, replacing the focal point of the room with flat screen televisions. All these old houses had fireplaces in all the upstairs rooms, so we predict a back lash against the glass and steel minimalism, that has been so prevalent in recent decades and a return to a more traditional way of living.
If you do want to reinstate you can run insulated flues behind plasterboard up through the house. This is relatively inexpensive and takes up far less space than the original, or keep it modern like they have done in this stunning mews house (below).”
“Until now nailing solar panels on your roof saved you money but are eye sores to look at and, unless you can hide them in a roof valley, most people would rather pay the extra not to ruin a pretty house with them. Much of our beautiful country is protected with conservation areas or have listed status, these properties, although beautiful, have the worst Energy Performance certificate ratings being inherently inefficient. But things are changing, as companies are creating super-efficient, planet saving, technologies which are also aesthetically pleasing or even invisible.
Tesla have created Solar systems which are integral to the building including everlasting electricity generating roof slates which look totally natural and produce more power than a traditional solar panel. With these innovations having a house which does not need to be plugged into the grid is becoming very much a reality.”
TESLA: Integrated Solar