Traditional vs Modern Villa Design
What are the top criteria for home-owners looking to buy a better home in any price range?
- Natural light
- Good amount of storage space
- Flexibility of use.
In Britain and Spain, property construction has improved to provide for more practical homes but sometimes with bland results. There was also the consideration of making the best use of available space which, if done badly (or cheaply) resulted in new homes feeling too cramped and with insufficient flexibility of use.
In particular, people from towns and cities in the UK are having to struggle with life in small spaces (homes in other parts of Europe are typically up to 80% larger) which, together with the weather, is a major consideration in choosing to buy a home abroad – and Spain is six hours closer by air than Florida!
Older houses vs Modern Construction
Traditional Spanish properties were built with small windows to keep out the fierce summer sun. Whilst this helped to keep the interior cool, there was a lack of natural light, especially annoying in those months with shorter days.
Modern design techniques enable new homes to remain cool whilst making use of glass for natural light and a feeling of increased space. Cool summer living and soft winter sunshine are key features of your Costa Blanca lifestyle.
Maintenance of an older property can be an on-going expense whereas your new modern Designer Villa comes with a full ten year structural guarantee.
A huge advantage of buying a new-build Designer Villa is that you can specify your own finishes and design tweaks so that you will have your unique dream home to move into.
There are some associated costs to buying and owning a new-build home in Spain. In addition to the land purchase and construction cost, you need to budget for taxes, notary fees, registration fees and utility connections. These can amount to approximately 10% of the purchase price.
Annual running costs should be budgeted too; these may include a non residence tax on your property of around €700, pool cleaning services in the region of €840 and an allowance for water and electricity charges (varies, but perhaps €700).
Add all these up and it’s still much cheaper than the equivalent project in the UK. If you want to know more, contact us!