Architecturally, how much have things changed?

Cheshire is a county known for its rolling plain, natural hedgerows and woodlands. Its picturesque towns and villages are a fundamental part of its charm. The countryside is steeped in history. Architecturally it has a vivid and distinctive atmosphere. It’s not a place you can erect blocks of concrete and glass. However, modern innovations can still form part of the wider design process, to position country living firmly in the 21st century. 

Self-build for new-build and conversion

Here at CB Homes, we encounter a mixture of new-build and conversion projects. Conversion projects, sometimes of old or redundant farm buildings or barns, can create something innovative within the existing shell or layout of a standing structure. It’s crucial when repurposing existing structures that points of interest and unusual architectural features are retained. These are often what makes the building what it is. They give it character and a sense of style, place and period. Over the centuries, housing materials have advanced massively, but the basic design, particularly in rural areas, has remained essentially the same. Slate, timber and brick persist as the most predominant external features. Although the interiors reveal the most ultra-modern innovations.  

Period charm, modern world

With new-build projects, the sky’s the limit when it comes to imagination and design. We firmly believe that it’s of paramount importance to retain rural aesthetics in even the most modern of designs. It’s essential that any project we undertake makes the most out of the property’s location and geographical features. For example, at our award-winning development at The Mill Pool near Eaton in Cheshire, the two newly-built properties maximise the setting of their lakeside situation with windows and balconies overlooking the water.   

The heart of the home

Traditional should never mean ‘boring’ and architecturally, many of our clients imagine their perfect property as a combination of ‘the old’ and ‘the new’. Also at The Mill Pool, we have combined the convenience and technology of underfloor heating with a fireplace in the lounge. This is still the focal point of any cosy family gathering, as it has been for centuries. And CAT6 cable points have been installed at all TV points in both properties. This is exceptionally practical if you want to hardwire a PC into the homes’ networks. These innovations are 21st century technology, but located architecturally within an external design of brick, timber and slate. The overall emphasis remains quintessentially rural in its visual impact.

If you have ambitions to build your own home, or want to explore the options when it comes to conversion or renovation, please contact us today on 01829 730244 or email us via our website.

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