When asked what makes people move house, most say that they are looking to increase or decrease the size of their properties. It is a natural process throughout our lives; we find a larger property when we can afford it or when we need the space as the family expands, then look to downsizing when heading for retirement or family circumstances change.
For many, however, getting the size of a home right is not just about its square footage.
Easy maintenance, good energy performance, safety and security can be top of the list of priorities. Those who can afford luxury properties in many cases are no long looking for sprawling mansions, but those that will give an easier lifestyle, which is why many look at a brand new house.
When Edinburgh property developers AMA decided to build a complex at Cramond in the west of the city, they undertook extensive research to find out exactly what people wanted. From office space and good storage to large windows affording a view as well as good soundproofing and low energy bills, they incorporated these into the houses and flats at Caer Amon.
Here the sustainable and insulated walls with window frames fashioned from powdered coated aluminium will not require re-painting for 20 years. Double glazing filled with Argon gas will improve thermal performance of windows by up to 35 per cent. Along with underfloor heating which produces easily controlled ambient and efficient temperature, the apartments at Caer Amon have secured a high C band energy performance rating.
The properties -whether an apartment or a house - are built with the aim to provide a lifestyle that is high on luxury and low on utility costs. The spacious sitting rooms are based on the template of a Georgian townhouse and there is extensive use of high quality materials such as slate, marble and oak hardwood which are easy to maintain.
It is a design ethic that other upper end housebuilders are increasingly tuning to too.
Trinity Park has already garnered multiple awards for luxury house builder CALA Homes, recognised as a successful contemporary take on the city’s historic New Town. The impressive townhouses have just sold out with price tags round the million pound mark.
The developer is now turning their attention to four new sites in the East of Scotland: Liberton Grange in Edinburgh will offer a selection of four and five bedroom detached homes, three bedroom terraced homes and apartments.
Ten Brunswick Road, also in Edinburgh will be a selection of one, two and three bedrooms apartments in the heart of Edinburgh city centre on the site of the former General Post Office building.
Kinleith Mill, Currie will be a bespoke development of four and five bedroom detached homes, three and four bedroom semi-detached homes, three bedroom townhouses and a select collection of apartments situated by the Water of Leith.
And in Craigpark, Ratho CALA will follow their successful The Mooring development with four and five bedroom detached homes and townhouses surrounded by woodland and a stone wall.
For information on Caer Amon, call Strutt and Parker on 0131 226 2500. Prices for the last phase of townhouses are from £595,000. For information on CALA’s developments go to ww.cala.co.uk