Built for Life is a new initiative in the construction industry which recognises not only the quality of the new house itself, but looks at the overall design of the neighbourhood and community. If you’re thinking of buying a new home, here are 12 key reasons why you should be looking for a development with Built for Life accreditation.
1. Well connected
Developments with Built for Life status have proven that they have been properly connected into the surrounding area. This means thought has been put into traffic access, cycle lanes, pathways and ensuring roads are safe and well-lit.
2. Great facilities
Built for Life homes either have facilities like shops, schools and play areas built as part of the development, or are close to existing facilities. Shops and schools are properly integrated into the community and form a hub area for people to meet and socialise.
3. Good public transport links
The Built for Life ethos is to make public transport the default choice for residents by ensuring that the layout of the development makes it easy to get to public transport, and that the transport available is regular and efficient.
4. Mixture of types of housing
Developments awarded the Built for Life status have been designed with a mixture of many types of housing to create a community feel. This means providing a range of houses of different sizes, and to cater for families and individuals at different life stages.
5. Distinctive identity
Gone are the days of bland, uniform developments. Built for Life encourages construction firms to inject a bit of character into their buildings, which fits in with the local building style. Builders are also encouraged to think about landscaping the grounds to add character.
6. Fitting into the environment
Rather than bulldozing everything and starting from scratch, developers are encouraged to incorporate existing features like trees or streams into their plans. This means that sometimes older buildings can be refurbished rather than demolished, and rich ecological habitats can be preserved.
7. Good street layout
Builders have to think about creating the street layout around the houses, rather than drawing the streets first and putting the houses in after. This means that the development is not dominated by roads and makes the streets more pleasant to walk through.
8. Easy to find you way around
Built for Life developments should have a number of landmarks and distinctive features like public spaces which makes is easy to find your way around. This is of particular benefit to residents who have sight problems.
9. Safe and accessible streets
Speed limits in Built for Life areas are limited to 20 mph, making them safer for both pedestrians and children playing. Streets are designed with the pedestrian and cyclist in mind rather than the driver.
10. Plenty of parking
Developers have to think about parking not only for residents, but for their visitors too. Parking is provided close to the homes, and spaces are designed to be safe and well landscaped too.
11. Division between public and private spaces
Fences, railings and plants are used to clearly define areas in a Built for Life development. This clearly marks out the open spaces used by everyone from the private homes.
12. Plenty of external storage
Built for Life homes have lots of places for residents to store their bins and recycling out of sight. Garages are big enough to park your car in, and there should be also be access to the back of the houses where appropriate.
To find a Built for Life home for you is easy, go to the website http://www.builtforlifehomes.org/, then
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