18/11/2020

TOWNHOUSES PROVE WINNING LAYOUT FOR HOME WORKING

With latest survey data from Zoopla revealing one in five respondents are unhappy with their home working set-up, townhouses may offer the ideal solution.

With latest survey data from Zoopla revealing one in five respondents are unhappy with their home working set-up, townhouses may offer the ideal solution.

Steve Garton, Sales Director at Bloor Homes Western, explains: “One of the main complaints we hear about working from home is finding the right space for this. Whilst the kitchen table is OK in the short-term, it simply doesn’t fit with a busy home life.

“Trying to make calls or attend Teams meetings whilst the kettle is boiling, or dinner is being prepared leaves many home workers tearing their hair out. Then there’s the hassle of packing everything away at the end of the day to make space for family life.

“The trend towards some form of home working looks set to continue, which is leading many of our buyers to seek a move to a new home that offers more and better space to accommodate a study or home office.”

According to the Zoopla research, only 23% of respondents have a study or home office, with 18% working in the living room and 14% in their bedroom. Rightmove has also reported over a third of buyers (36%) and a quarter of renters (26%) want a better home workspace. With many employers expecting the future of work to include a blend of home working, coupled with trips into the office for face-to-face meetings, space for a home office is rising in importance.

Steve continues: “Townhouse living could offer the ideal solution. Our Makenzie house type is a three-bedroom townhouse providing ample room to accommodate family life and work. The ground floor is dedicated to family living, with a spacious open-plan kitchen-dining room and separate lounge.

“On the first floor, there are two bedrooms, one of which could become a stylish home office, the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of family life and find that much-needed privacy for calls and virtual meetings. Then at the end of the day, the working day can be easily left behind by just shutting the door.

“Then on the second floor, a luxurious master suite is the perfect place to retreat at the end of the day. By separating out the house into distinct family, work and sleep zones, you can begin to compartmentalize life and take back some control of your work-life balance.

“Townhouses provide adaptable spaces that can easily be adjusted to your changing needs and circumstances. Right now, that room for a home office is a must. But in the future, the space can be repurposed, perhaps to make a handy spare bedroom, nursery or even fitness room.

“We are seeing increased interest from house hunters in our townhouses at both the Hereford Point and The Grove developments. Buyers can clearly see the advantages of townhouse living and the flexibility they afford.”

There are currently a number of three-bedroom townhouses for sale at Bloor Homes’ The Grove in Worcester and Hereford Point in Hereford. As Rightmove has reported almost a third of buyers (30%) saying they want to live in a rural area, what a better time to buy now.

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