Property: Adding Value to New Build Homes with Key Features That “Stand the Test of Time”


Styled UK shares advice on the best interior color combinations

Just like a new car, new build properties depreciate as soon as you move in, so you can’t get your money back if you sell the property soon after buying it. Making changes to increase the value of a brand new building is key to getting a good selling price, and it’s incredibly easy to do by adjusting the interior style. From the color of the walls to the type of flooring used throughout the home, there are many small but effective changes you can make to “entice more” future buyers.

FINDING ways to add value to new construction is one of the most important factors to consider whether you are a first-time buyer or looking to sell in the future. According to the experts at Cala Homes, making drastic changes to increase the price of your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune either, in fact there are many attractive trends that can be copied on a budget.

According to the HomeOwners Alliance, many benefits of buying a new build disappear the day you buy it and it’s no longer “brand new”.

They said: ‘This means a year-old property can lose value as buyers look instead to new build that pops up in development across the road.’

The alliance has recommended that buyers who plan to sell a new property within a few years of buying consider adding value to make it “more attractive to future buyers”, but what exactly can you do? to get a higher sale price without settling for a drab, whitewashed house in the meantime?

Property: Adding Value to New Build Homes with Key Features That “Stand the Test of Time” (Image: GETTY)

Cala North Craibstone Estate South kitchen area

Shaker style kitchens will stand the test of time as a classic feature (Image: CALA HOUSES)

Speaking exclusively to, Alison Deakin, Sales and Marketing Director for Cala Homes (Thames), said: “New build properties allow customers to enjoy their new home with a blank canvas, which makes it easy to start when it comes to interior design.

“In 2022, interior themes that are strong selling points for prospective buyers include those with minimalist styles and light, neutral color palettes, such as Scandinavian-inspired designs, ‘Japandi’ decor and breezy coastal looks.”

“Neutral decor is a popular trend that isn’t going away anytime soon.”

Woman measures the wall for molding

MDF panels can be used to make your own moldings and wooden panels on the walls (Image: GETTY)

How to Add Value to a New Build Property

The beauty of starting with a neutral new home is that there are many opportunities to build on existing surfaces.

Wood Accents

Features that accentuate a space are definitely something to look for for added value and a high quality finish throughout your home.

Alison explained that wall paneling detailing and wood flooring are both essential in bringing “extra curb appeal” to your property.

Although panels can be expensive to custom fabricate and install, you can save money by cutting and installing your own MDF panels to create the look you want.

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Japandi style bedroom with dark green wall

Japandi-style decor and dark walls are worth considering (Image: GETTY)

You will need to follow a tutorial for this if you are a beginner, although there is plenty of information available online to guide you through the process.

When it comes to choosing the right colors to pair with your wooden accents, Felicity Stevens, interior designer at Haus interiors, says, “Lighter walls and a darker walnut floor can work really well, especially if combined with a contrasting skirting color.

“Oak flooring works well with more gray tones, as the warmth of the wood balances well with the coolness of the base palette.”

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It’s easy to add your own stamp to new versions (Image: GETTY)

Herringbone floor

Wood flooring is a timeless classic in British homes, and it works just as well in new build as it does in period buildings.

While oak is a simpler, more understated choice for flooring, Alison explained that herringbone styles are a more luxurious alternative to consider.

She said: ‘Herringbone and traditional parquet style flooring, as seen in Cala Homes’ The Lowther development in West Lothian, also continues to be popular as the flooring details work well with a neater and cleaner interior.

“The floor can be layered with beautiful textured rugs and upholstered bed bases to help create that minimalist, ‘hygge’ style that is synonymous with comfort and serenity.”

Solid herringbone styles can be replaced with laminate flooring to achieve the same finish for less.

dark walls

While a more neutral palette allows shoppers to add their own colors through rugs, curtains and upholstery, Felicity noted that the market suggests people also like deeper tones splashed across walls. .

Instead of painting the walls black, she recommended focusing on creating a good base for future buyers to build on with their own dark paints.

Felicity said: “Dulux Egyptian cotton is a fabulous base color to work from and helps create that warmth and depth, rather than white paint on the walls.”

Traditional kitchens

Bright white was once the go-to style for modern homes, although Alison explained that traditional units are now gaining popularity with buyers.

She said: “The kitchen, which is often the heart of every home, can also add value when new and combines sturdy countertops and smart appliances.

“A traditional shaker style with stone not only remains classic and beautiful, but also stands the test of time.”


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