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Old June 1st, 2008, 02:48 AM   #1
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Favourite/least favourite kinds of British housing stock?

I think we can guess what the least favourite kind of housing will be for most forumers... (but you never know...)

So what are your favourites and not so favourites? Converted warehouses? red brick back to backs? prefabs in Penzance or a nice mock tudor?

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Without being too region or city specific (you can if you want) then im a real big fan of Parapet terraces/19th century terraces that follow these forms (i.e look like the following) especially ones 3 storeys or more, bay windows are optional but are welcomed none-the-less.








But even the 2 storey ones are decent







Terraces with the walk up entrances such as these are pretty good too. i think i might actually prefer these to the above...



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Old June 1st, 2008, 03:03 AM   #2
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A few beautiful Bristolian streets I remember from my uni days there. They are ever so nice and Bristol has an ample supply of such wonderful housing.

The beauty of Glasgow's west end is also similarly stunning.

For me personally though, I don't think I'd want to live in such close quarters.

I currently live in a more modern house (which perhaps lacks character). The modern house on a small street or cul de sac, driveway, garden not overlooked and plenty of your own space is what I personally like. Obviously, I'd much prefer a large mansion with my own pool and gym - but doubt I'll ever be able to afford that unless I decide to move to Bolivia!

I'm not too keen on mock effects either, far too mocked for my liking!
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Old June 1st, 2008, 03:09 AM   #3
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I love tower blocks, but only for artistic value - I wouldn't want to live in most of them unless they're nice. I'd love to live in a modern, yet traditional house on the edge of a market town.

I hate red brick terraces of the northern kind. However, further north west in Cumbria they make their houses out of slate which is beautiful.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 03:14 AM   #4
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For the sheer diversity in form it has to be the humble, and not so humble, tenement

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My least favourite is the modern, suburban (sometimes not so suburban) sea of semis wimpy/barrat/cowboy style of development.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 03:17 AM   #5
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Favourite housing stock is the densest (west london?) - Least favourite - least dense.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 03:43 AM   #6
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oh replies

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love tower blocks, but only for artistic value - I wouldn't want to live in most of them unless they're nice.
speaking of which, the settings and views for these tower blocks are the nicest you'll probably ever come across in the UK. Although the first one isnt so apparent, it is!



This one reminds me of thunderbirds and jet age things...



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I hate red brick terraces of the northern kind. However, further north west in Cumbria they make their houses out of slate which is beautiful
But you love Coronation street?!

I have to say that the packly tight terraces of the North dont do much for me, they're abit too oppressive/human cabinet-y for me... however dont confuse that with me not liking every terrace up north (Newcastle in particular has a fine terrace stock ).
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Old June 1st, 2008, 04:30 AM   #7
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You mean like this Butters? This was taken at the back of my house in Leeds. I agree with you to a certain extent but when everyone is out in their gardens enjoying the weather or playing football, cricket etc on the back lane you get to know everyone alot easier than when people are in their back gardens surrounded by fencing.
The only thing I really detest are the modern estates that are made to look like victorian or tudor houses cramped into a cul-de-sac. I really get lost in them as everything is characterless and looks the same. Barratt homes springs to mind.

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Old June 1st, 2008, 11:52 AM   #8
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I like housing stock that reflects the local style, materials and environment built to a scale and density that characterises it's location.

I hate off the shelf, red brick, mock this/mock that, cul de sac going nowhere city and town killing estates.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 12:19 PM   #9
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Yeah I don't really like red brick terraces. When regenerated though, they can add to a vibrant community. Such as the growing community in Holbeck Urban Village or the Urban Splash style regenerations. The bigger red brick terraces are alright, like the ones in Chapeltown.

I really don't like housing estates that try to be old looking- Barratt style. Not because I get lost in them or anything like that; I don't really. Just because of the architecture of them.

My town is largely Victorian, although the edge of town changes into the usual 1930s and housing estate stuff. Nothing really 1960s though.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 03:01 PM   #10
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(the London ones are courtesy of NothingBetterToDo)
I love this type of housing stock in inner London.

Loads of it in North and east London aswell as SE/SW.

http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=...cl=1&encType=1

West London has the most elaborate of this type of housing though mainly Kensington+C.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 03:05 PM   #11
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This would be my least favourite.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 04:06 PM   #12
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Old June 1st, 2008, 04:45 PM   #13
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I like those Barratt-style houses. They're bright, warm and cosy in the winter, neutral colours, suburban... The main problem is they're packed in too tight.


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...the settings and views for these tower blocks are the nicest you'll probably ever come across in the UK. Although the first one isnt so apparent, it is!
I take it those are the Torquay blocks? Shame on you Helium for not saying where they are. Yes, they are in a great location perched atop the cliffs, although they look a bit weird with just a few of the flats still having their internal balconies!


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But you love Coronation street?!
Yes, but it's the characters I like.


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You mean like this Butters? This was taken at the back of my house in Leeds. I agree with you to a certain extent but when everyone is out in their gardens enjoying the weather or playing football, cricket etc on the back lane.
Well, being the sports-mad person I am, it sounds great.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 07:13 PM   #14
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Cornish fishermans cottages are incredibly cosy things,
Exploring around the back streets of places such as St Ives are great, and i loves me some cornish granite shame the prices (to buy, rent or even a holiday) are so over inflated, a few decades ago they'd be positively worthless!

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Old June 1st, 2008, 08:45 PM   #15
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I take it those are the Torquay blocks? Shame on you Helium for not saying where they are. Yes, they are in a great location perched atop the cliffs, although they look a bit weird with just a few of the flats still having their internal balconies!
probably just as well...


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Old June 1st, 2008, 08:49 PM   #16
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Wunderbar Helium lid.







What those places demonstrate is the dynamic of the built environment, accessible housing and business fit for purpose, even now that the economy changed the density and easy access to the harbour, town and beaches still works.

Great place, I make sure I go there at least once a year.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 09:10 PM   #17
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i've been to that restaurant (the mermaid)

hmm, it's doubful anything like that there would be built anytime soon, because of all the rules and regulations what not far too enclosed and haphazard, on a piece of paper it must look like a slum

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What those places demonstrate is the dynamic of the built environment, accessible housing and business fit for purpose, even now that the economy changed the density and easy access to the harbour, town and beaches still works.
Shame half of them are second homes, empty for half the year

I do wonder what percentage of these houses are actually lived in though? it must be relatively low.
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Old June 2nd, 2008, 09:40 PM   #18
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I think Glasgow has both my favourite and least favourite housing stock in the UK. As shown above the tenements are absolutely stunning, and there are so many of them, often several stories high, giving a very urban feel to the area.

Then you have what I presume is the sixties stuff (though I could be wrong about that) but not the towerblocks, its the pebbledash housing. It's horrible, vile, really, really horrible. I just can't stand it. The comparison between Glasgow older hosuing makes it seem even worse.
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Old June 2nd, 2008, 10:10 PM   #19
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yeah the scotland does seem to be peddledash central, there's a somewhat lack of it in the north and Midlands but its frequency seems to emerge when you get to the south.

I also hate it when houses have essentially been mutilated such as in these:
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Old June 2nd, 2008, 10:28 PM   #20
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Ugh, yeah I know exactly what you mean. The material with the pebbles in it (the little tiny gravely ones you mean?) is foam slag, a by-product of steel production and was used in the inter-war and immediate post-war era though gave way with the industry that produced it did. But yes, absolutely vile stuff.
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