01 Apr 2019

Robertson Homes recently introduced a new range of luxury “Artistry” house types in Bearsden, North of Glasgow and, as part of our research, we found out that people value “space” even more than you might think.

Not necessarily size – just as important was that all-important feeling of space in a luxury home.

Starting with the practical, customers told us they’d rather have four, larger bedrooms, and perhaps another en suite or dressing room, even more than the “prestige” of a five-bedroom home unless they need the extra accommodation.

They told us that wider hallways and deeper windows were invaluable to support the bright and airy flow of family living; tumbling in the front door with kids, dogs and muddy boots mean that wider hallways and landings scored highly on preferences for a luxury home.

Still, on the practical aspects of luxury living, utility rooms are often seen as the Cinderella area of a home, but being able to tuck essential services and mess away is way more than “Charming” – it’s essential.

Robertson Homes already score highly on space. The current “Home of the Year” * is our spacious 3 bedroom Calico, which offers the same square footage as most builders would offer in a four-bedroom home.

Our windows offer Robertson Homes’ signature extra depth, meaning that a Robertson Home will always feel light and airy. And as open plan living remains the preference for most families, this remains a key aspect of our new home styles.

In many, the entire length of the house is given over to the kitchen, dining and living area where all the family can be together, yet with a separate lounge for grown-up conversation and guests.

In yet more styles, we’ve built up the way; creating a spacious, third storey hideaway, either as a private Master suite or that greatest of luxuries; a home cinema, office or teenage breakout area.

Many homes also offer a stylish, glazed garden room with cathedral style windows and easy access to the garden. Then, by ensuring all our new properties have fully fenced and timber-gated rear gardens, even the play area for kids is securely extended.

Sometimes though it’s not just structural aspects which create “space”. The colours, furnishings and even lighting you choose can almost magically expand the appearance of a room.

The fashion at the moment is for light, neutral or pastel colours in furniture. The palest of pink sofas or warm caramel colours with dusky pink cushions are both luxurious and light on the eye. Coming into spring, they are both cheerful and uplifting, which always brings on an expansive mood.

Lighting currently has a strong leaning to shiny metallics which both create and reflect light. Many fittings this year are geometric in style, adding shape and interest but not in themselves taking up too much of that precious commodity – space.

And lastly, the three piece suite, apparently, is dead.

To make the greatest impact, our interior designers now use statement pieces such as individual sofas or chairs, in different styles, fabrics and upholstery to create visual interest. We have it on good authority that three-piece suites look too uniform and “lumpy”.

But for Heaven’s sake, don’t tell Gran.