​Nottingham's ideal modern home revealed – and it's not what you would expect

Published : 12th January 2017


What is your ideal modern home? Well, with the likes of George Clarke's Amazing Spaces and Kevin McCloud on Grand Designs showing the UK the array of alternative housing solutions, it seems Brits are feeling inspired but what about us Nottingham folk?

New research from online interiors retailer Curtains.com, has found that Nottingham finds the eclectic and traditional home most appealing, as opposed to modern minimalist living. In fact, the most coveted feature of a modern dream home is a country kitchen - some 33 percent of us, particularly for women, it seems.

The most desirable unconventional property, according to respondents, is a traditional thatched cottage (31 percent would live there) followed by a converted chapel or church (26 percent) and a sustainable property (23 percent). More than one quarter found the idea of a fantasy-inspired 'Hobbit House' exciting.

When considering green home credentials, sustainability is more important to British men than women, with almost a third of men making it a priority compared to just a quarter of women.

But location, it appears, is still king. Over 50 percent of moving decisions are swayed by location, with respondents fantasising about a quiet rural setting. This came hand-in-hand with the second most important factor - a decent sized garden.

Just over half of Nottingham house buyers (51 percent) would rather live in a small home in a premium location as opposed to a home with more square footage in a cheaper area.

Surprisingly, school catchment area, commuter transport links and local crime rates were only important to less than 15 percent of respondents.

Matteo Fabbi at Curtains.com, said: "Interiors magazines are adorned with minimalist, modern interiors full of clean lines, shiny surfaces and open spaces, but actually our research has found that people are more in favour of cosy homes with traditional features and period character."

Here's the top 'wants' in a nutshell

The UK's most desired unconventional homes include:

Traditional thatched cottage

Sustainable home

Converted period chapel

Eco-log cabin

Hobbit house

Glass house

Converted boat or canal barge

Urban micro-apartment

Floating house


The top 10 'dream home' features are:

Country kitchen

Swimming pool & spa facilities

Walk in wardrobe

Cinema room

Converted outhouse

A library

A man cave

Hidden room

Secret wine cellar

Outdoor bathtub

Other desired features include; a games room with indoor bowling lanes, a model train showroom, a golf practice green, a gym and garden rooms.

Source:- http://www.nottinghampost.com/8203-nottingham-s-ideal-modern-home-revealed-8211-and-it-s-not-what-you-would-expect/story-30052303-detail/story.html