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Why do all new builds look like this now?

  • 03-03-2023 10:39pm
    Registered Users Posts: 6,151 ✭✭✭

    White walls

    Grey windows, Grey doors, Grey slate roof

    Feck all soffits

    Big massive panes of glass for windows but the front door completely opaque

    Rectangular protrusions shticking out (a new take on the 70's kitchen extension out the back with corrugated steel roof?)

    Did someone from "the planning crowd" simply invent this look and create an unwritten rule that it would be even harder to get planning permission if house doesn't look like this?



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,744 ✭✭✭Lewis_Benson


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,710 ✭✭✭✭Potential-Monke

    Probably the cheapest/easiest way to build, plain colours so people can add their own to it. It also looks like a house that would be well outside of most peoples budget depending on where it was built. A prime example of a soulless for-profit build.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,151 ✭✭✭Ubbquittious

    Nobody adds their own to it. The only way you'd see one a different colour is if the crowd building it ran out of money before they could buy the white paint

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,120 ✭✭✭✭dxhound2005

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,710 ✭✭✭✭Potential-Monke

    I meant it's plain so people can imagine it in colours they'd prefer. Easier to see a grey/white wall in a different colour than the same wall if it's already painted purple. Might just be me though.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 195 ✭✭Capra

    I see what you are saying. My new build extension has elements of that in that it has a mahoosive window and no overhangs. Although it is definitely more distinctive than most. But I kept the overhangs on the old part of the house as I like the character they add. No overhangs looks right on some houses but more often than not it makes the house look bland. I don't really understand why every single modern house seems to be going that way.

    Like most professionals who spend years in college, architects all tend to think the same. I thought my architect was coming out with some cool new ideas but then when I started looking at design magazines I saw everything he was designing into my house everywhere. It's all copycat and fashion trends.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,452 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    In fairness with the upsurge in the requirement for housing, the fast and artificially engineered growth in population being the catalyst, the only reason you’ll be refused planning permission now is if it is dangerous or actually illegal somehow.…

    the fact that it doesn’t look great ? Government can’t afford to be that picky.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,120 ✭✭✭✭dxhound2005

    Most houses from the past also have opaque doors. Mine is made of wood.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,593 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34

    Its just a fashion.

    Ask yourself why every 1980s build bungalow looks the way it does. Long, low, window-door-window-window-garage, maybe a velux or two.

    The more homes built in similar style and finish, the cheaper the supply of common materials and more readily available the building expertise to work with the design.

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,820 ✭✭✭✭freshpopcorn

    I think this is the style of houses of this generation.

    Drive around towns in Ireland and you'll see houses from past decades.

    Each generation thinking it's new and modern.

    The one thing I don't get is when Architects say it's brilliant how these contemporary buildings blend into the scenery/landscape.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,059 ✭✭✭✭Leg End Reject

    The one thing I don't get is when Architects say it's brilliant how these contemporary buildings blend into the scenery/landscape.

    They always say it when something sticks out like a sore thumb too. A man-made structure will never blend into the landscape.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,227 ✭✭✭✭One eyed Jack

    You should see some of the entries in RTE’s “Home of the Year”, some of them you’d swear are just converted corrugated haysheds, open-plan inside, they’re built like a showroom. Literally like something made out of Lego:

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  • Registered Users Posts: 21,489 ✭✭✭✭Tell me how

    Because 'trends'.

    I'm not totally against the above because I kind of like the clean lines and neat appearance. Not my dream design by any stretch but there's always been clear trends that develop for private houses. From the bungalows of the 60's 70's and 80's to the housing estates of the 90's and early 00's there was a hole lot of the 'same' houses being built in each period.

    I'd be much more bothered from this estate house from about 10 - 15 years ago.

    House itself is fine, but there's 4 different style of window opening construction at play here.

    • 4 Inch frame (left of and above door)
    • No frame (right of door)
    • Flush (above and to right)
    • 1 Inch frame (Front Door and at side, but hard to see)

    100 odd houses in the estate and every one of them has this mish-mash appearance.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,469 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    It still looks better than any Irish McMansion, esp the ones with "busy" roofs, they will date very badly, some say they looked crap from the outset.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,118 ✭✭✭screamer

    It’s also to do with heating and lighting. Most new houses now which are single builds, are only one room deep for that exact reason. Some of them are built in a h shape same reason. The style is just a modern version of a traditional farmhouse type house, better than the 80s bungalow bliss styles for sure.

  • Registered Users Posts: 337 ✭✭McHardcore

    I understand that there might be a nod with this design back to the old, unthatched Irish cottage style, but I don’t like it.

    The lack of soffits really bothers me. It looks like a shed as a result.

    Post edited by McHardcore on

  • Subscribers Posts: 40,483 ✭✭✭✭sydthebeat

    If you understood the reason soffits exist in the first place, you'd see the trim detail is superior both in function and aesthetic

  • Registered Users Posts: 337 ✭✭McHardcore

    Please, help us understand how someone cannot have a difference of opinion on the aesthetics of a soffit so.

  • Subscribers Posts: 40,483 ✭✭✭✭sydthebeat

    I'll put it to you this way, it's like preferring someone wearing a plaster cast, over then without one.

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 37,709 Mod ✭✭✭✭Gumbo

    Looks lovely.

    Current design trends.

    The same way you can look at period properties and say “Georgian” “90’s” etc

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,057 ✭✭✭✭mickdw

    Planning guidelines have forced this trend by requiring narrow form structures to mimic the old traditional cottage.

    Personally, I quite like these style of houses but would have to say that the planning system we have is a joke. The fact that you can drive around the country and date any given house to possibly a 5 year period suggests the worst standard of design management.

    Going back to 2000s, it was all narrow window and overhead concrete roof barges, then they started to limit gable width and look for slightly simple detailing and stuff like front facing gables were outlawed. Now its full on cottage proportions with no issues with glazing size. Alot of flat roofing being incorporated also which cannot be a good thing.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 714 ✭✭✭SchrodingersCat

    Posters in this thread seem surprised that others could have a different view on what a beautiful house looks like.

    Better functionality does not necessarily mean better aesthetics. Hell, if we made houses based purely on functionality we would live in waterproof boxes painted white.