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Evolution of the Family Home in Bristol

An example Meadvale kitchen New build homes have undergone an architectural evolution in the last thirty years due to a shift in expectation from prospective purchasers.

Separate reception rooms once epitomised the more formal lifestyles led by families and layouts were structured around areas specifically designated as kitchens, living or dining rooms. Upstairs, floor plans were designed to include as many bedrooms and bathrooms as possible, with en suites regarded as the ultimate in luxury.  For today's house-hunters however, less can often be more. 

Tim Ridges, Senior Sales Manager for Crest Nicholson, explained: “Traditional architectural styles have transformed to reflect the demand for more flexible living.

“In order to maximise space and light, house-hunters now favour open plan living. Currently available at Highbrook Park in Harry Stoke for example, the four-bedroom Meadvale family homes feature an 18ft living / dining room, accompanied by a spacious kitchen / breakfast room, both with French Doors opening onto the garden. 

“By removing dividing walls and creating larger spaces for multi-function rooms, the houses are less segregated and psychologically families are inclined to spend more time together.  While kitchens were once smaller, they are now regarded as the central hub of a home. 

“With moving house an expensive enterprise, it is more important than ever that first and second houses have the floor space to evolve into family homes. Occupants expect to grow into their properties rather than out of them, resulting in fewer steps up the property ladder. 

“Upstairs, new homebuyers are now prepared to sacrifice a bath in their en suite in return for fitted wardrobes or a dedicated dressing area. This transition in requirements reflects how comfort and spaciousness are no longer aspirations but prerequisites for contemporary living.”

Prices at Highbrook Park currently start from £269,995 for a three bedroom Hickstead house and £283,995 for a four bedroom Rosery house.

For more information please visit the on-site Sales and Marketing suite (open daily 10am to 4pm), call 0845 894 3215, email or visit
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