There used to be a time when British housing just wasn’t that impressive. In fact, it used to be often referred to as alienating, soulless and damp, thanks to the bureaucratic automata of local authorities and utopian architectural fanaticism.
The time we are referring to is of course that time when everybody wanted to see the Beatles live in concert – the nostalgic 60s and 70s – a time, unfortunately which was also reminiscent of state-led homebuilding that would eventually be done away with on the orders of Margaret Thatcher.
As a result, a very different kind of housing flourished, utterly terrible in its own unique way: faux-traditional executive homes, noddy houses, brick box monstrosities featuring miniature rooms and bathrooms that would be more appropriate for a real estate agent’s particulars than real life living spaces.
Now, if you will for a moment, avert your gaze from these abominations that violate the senses, you will start to notice that some of the new housing is actually not terrible.
This progression in the right direction is largely the result of advances made in the building and construction industry as well as regulations. Advances which have actually made homes drier, warmer and easier to access for the disabled and elderly, not to mention easier to maintain and better dimensioned from an architectural standpoint.
A Seamless Amalgamation of Classical Architecture and Contextual Urban Design
Pleasing to know is the fact that regulations alone have made British homes much more energy efficient and sustainable. Add to that voluntary codes which have furthered these standards. In fact, one architect took these standards further by designing houses that boasted very intelligent ventilation, abundant insulation and solar panels to make healthcare homes as ecological as he possibly could.
There are now more developers and traditional architects in the UK who are quick to identify with the point of great design – designs that never shy away from incorporating progressive architecture, contextual urban design and clever master planning.
In all honestly, it should be made known that a lot of this credit quietly goes to a generation of “heroic” British architects – individuals who have witnessed a backlash against their abilities over several decades.
We’re talking about architectural geniuses who took nothing for granted, worked hard to prove time and time again that their concepts and ideas were not the work of arrogant and foolish dreamers, but rather genuine attempts at improving living quality of future residents.
The Architects – Our Unsung British Housing Heroes
These contextual urban designers and traditional architects are the unsung heroes of modern British housing as we know it. They are the ones taking all the flak – getting squeezed between well-intentioned regulations and relentless spreadsheets that focus more on market demands and profitability than social and practical benefits for the occupants.
They continue to brave battles with estate agents who keep convincing their clients that there’s zero need for making additional space for a dining table, since everyone just likes to eat in front of the telly.
New country and town houses in the UK are much more upgrade and extension friendly now. In fact, if you look hard enough, many have cleverly meshed traditional styling with modern and conceptual urban design that really pays tribute to the hard work and efforts traditional urban architects have put in.