Inside/Out: On the quest for that dream home

Inside/Out: On the quest for that dream home
Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer in the new series of Location, Location, Location which starts on Wednesday.

Eve Kelliher looks at the world of property and interiors.

THEY’RE back! Kirstie and Phil open up their brand-new series of Location, Location, Location by embarking on a house-hunting mission for two couples ready to get off the rental roundabout and step on to the property ladder.

Kirstie Allsopp is searching in Swindon with Candice and Alistair.

This couple started out as friends before romance blossomed. Now, they’re expecting the arrival of their first baby and want to exchange Alistair’s bachelor pad for a family home.

They have their hopes set on Swindon Old Town but, as Kirstie discovers, their budget is £100k (€110k) short of the price tag of their dream home there.

Kirstie’s task is to push their boundaries — and hope they remain friends at the end.

Meanwhile, Phil Spencer is in the countryside between Swindon and Newbury where James and Hayley are looking for a rural retreat for themselves and their two dogs.

Nine months of searching has only made their wish list longer, and they agree they are looking for a property unicorn.

Phil sets out on a quest for this mythical creature, and along the way it quickly becomes clear who’s driving this search.

- Tune in at 8pm on Channel 4 from Wednesday, September 4

Put a price on it

Kitchen island units feature prominently on Irish househunters’ wish lists.
Kitchen island units feature prominently on Irish househunters’ wish lists.

SPEAKING of chasing that fantasy dwelling — what would you be willing to pay for your dream home?

According to a recent survey, the average amount potential buyers are willing to shell out is €514,842. Not only that, but the study, conducted by furniture brand Arlo & Jacob, discovered the most popular style of residence to be a three-bed detached house, with 33% of Irish residents opting for this as their coveted pad.

And forget about arguing over who is on veggie-chopping duty — the most sought-after kitchen feature in Ireland is a kitchen island, with 53% of people saying this is their number one kitchen must-have.

The most sought-after bedroom feature was an en- suite, as some 67% of Irish residents stated they wanted one, while 57% of Irish house-hunters hanker after an open fire in their living room. The most coveted outdoor attraction is a cooking area with a barbecue, with 47% picking this as their garden must-have.

When asked what they would be willing to fork out for their dream home, 23% of Irish residents said they wouldn’t be willing to pay for it at all, but of those who would, the average amount cited was £466,780 or €514,842. (Arlo & Jacob explained it converted data for all regions into sterling in order to better track trends.)

By the book

Inside/Out: On the quest for that dream home

AND from watching others find their forever home, to imagining your own dream pad, to actually creating the design yourself — Structures by Design: Thinking, Making, Breaking is a new type of structures textbook written for those who prefer to learn about buildings using hands-on, creative problem-solving techniques.

Instead of focusing only on formulas and diagrams, this book teaches concepts before calculations, and shows how principles of structural and material behaviour can be applied to the design of effective, efficient, and expressive building designs.

The format aims to make it easy to adopt the content into a wide variety of courses that deal with building structures and architectural design.

Each section of the book is focused on a particular manner by which structural resistance is provided: Form (Arches and Cables), Sections (Beams, Slabs, and Columns), Vectors (Trusses and Space Frames), Surfaces (Shells and Plates), and Frames (Connections and High-Rises).

In each section, design exercises are shown which use a Think, Make, Break method of reiterative design. These examples demonstrate how to generate and evaluate different structural options for building designs using a variety of structural design tools including: the human body, physical models, historical precedents, static diagrams, traditional formulae, and advanced digital analysis.

Each chapter includes potential lab exercises, questions for flipped classroom discussions, and suggestions for additional learning.

More than 500 original illustrations and photos in the book provide inspiration for further design exploration.

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