9th May, 2019
Thanks to TV shows such as Grand Designs, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces and The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, unique property projects are becoming more popular than ever.
And if you’re drawn to things that don’t quite ‘fit in’ – a converted watermill, a coastal castle or a church – then you should consider the following things before taking the plunge and splashing the cash on a quirky house…
The thing with unordinary homes is that they usually have wonderful, unique features that make them stand out – but cost a fortune to replace. For example, if you have portholes instead of windows you can’t just pop down to your local B&Q to pick up another if one breaks. You’ll have to specially order a replacement, which will no doubt cost you twice as much.
Be honest with yourself – do you really have the time to convert that derelict church into a luxurious home? Or would you prefer to buy a completed project?
Your answers to the questions above will determine whether you’re scouring the land for an abandoned building, or asking an estate agent for the heads up about interesting projects.
Are you a DIY’er? If so, this isn’t a route for the faint-hearted. Buying a traditional house is stressful and complicated enough, but that’s nothing compared to something that is currently inhabitable. You will no doubt come across many problems and have to overcome obstacles, but the key is about self-protection. Always seek expert opinion from someone who has worked on a similar project.
Most architects will be able to help you, but having someone who has experience dealing with your specific type of conversion will prove invaluable.
Not everyone will be as happy as you are with your newly renovated space – and unusual homes usually stick out like a sore thumb – so it’s important to remember that you may have to deal with unhappy, protesting neighbours.
You should always think about any potential lifestyle changes that your unique property may not accommodate. It may be perfect for you now, but in 10 years’ time, will those three flights of stairs still be practical for your family?
In other words, you have to be committed and in it for the long haul – if things are going to change within the next couple of years, you should reconsider your desire to live in a house shaped like a shoe.
So, you’ve decided your home is going to look like a giant stone. You’ve built it, you’ve moved in and it’s perfect. But now, your life has changed – you’ve got two cats, a dog and a baby on the way – and your ‘stone’ house is no longer suitable for your family.
Selling it isn’t going to be as easy as listing it, holding house viewings and waiting for the offers to start rolling in – you have to be prepared for it to be on the market longer than an average property. And, on top of that, you may not receive the offer you were expecting, to cover the investment you have made.
Everyone loves to have something that no one else has, but take your time and really think about it before buying a unique house.
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