Future-focused homes: new and nearly new houses for sale

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Paul Travers

At their best, new homes have energy efficiency, brighter spaces and contemporary comfort at their core through modern materials, innovative technology and creative design, so we’ve put together a trio of new and nearly new houses for sale.

And whether you’re seeking classic forms or pioneering architecture, some of the best examples have the loveliest locations. 

Just take this week’s collection, where historic woodland, open countryside and a coastal nature reserve are the scenic settings for stylish and sustainable living.

 

Darkness and light

new and nearly new houses for sale in Essex

Hidden among the trees in a small forest on the outskirts of Billericay in Essex, Dapple House had its own episode on Grand Designs when it was built in 2016.

new and nearly new houses for sale - modern home in Essex

Within the black-stained timber outer walls, the 1315 sq ft interior includes three bedrooms and a living room with 10ft (3m) high ceilings and a full-height full-width glass wall looking out across a patio and woodland. The modernity is further infused with exposed brickwork, timber ceiling beams and a wood-burning stove

new and nearly new houses for sale - modern home in Essex

Dapple House is also a wonderful place to work from home with a separate 215 sq ft studio cabin: the perfect spot for painting, writing or controlling the world in peaceful isolation, and just a few yards from the house for sneaking back for a power nap or lunch.

£825,000 – discover Dapple House

 

Coastal class in Kent

new and nearly new houses for sale in Kent

Within the grounds of a large Victorian manor house about a mile along the Kent coast from the centre of Ramsgate, these seven new mews houses are arranged in two short terraces.

new and nearly new houses for sale in Kent

Typical materials from the south coast’s vernacular include black-stained weatherboards under red tiled roofs, resulting in shining examples of contemporary interiors inside classic outer shells.

new and nearly new houses for sale in Kent

The three-storey designs feature top-floor primary bedroom suites and first-floor open-plan living rooms that open out to large private terraces. Unsurprisingly, just three houses remain for sale: one with four bedrooms, and two with three.

£450,000 to £725,000 – discover the houses at Courtstairs Manor.

 

Broad in Norfolk

build your own eco home - land for sale with planning permission in Norfolk

Dispensing with stairs, tradition and darkness, this self-build project in the Norfolk countryside consists of a 0.78 acre plot with planning permission and detailed architectural drawings for a wide and low single-storey eco home of almost 2,000 sq ft.

build your own eco home - land for sale with planning permission in Norfolk

Fusing cutting-edge building techniques and groundbreaking home technology, the house is designed to have one of the lowest carbon footprints in the UK with high-performance insulation and super-smart temperature control.

build your own eco home - land for sale with planning permission in Norfolk

The futuristic interior includes two bedrooms, a third bedroom/study and an open plan living space, all with floor-to-ceiling windows. Outside there’ll be a double carport with electric chargers, plus meadow-like gardens with plentiful tree planting for extra shade and acoustic screening.

£200,000 – discover Dial Corner

 

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