Monday, December 11, 2006

Live/work

One of the hot new concepts in the world of property is ‘work/life’ or sometimes, depending I suppose on your approach, ‘life/work’. A good starting point for finding out about this particular form of homeworking is Live/Work Homes which claims to be for people who “want a property that saves time, saves money and does its bit to save the planet” i.e. promoting properties specially designed to combine workspace and home. It is not an estate agency though properties are listed.

A good example of this in practice appeared in yesterday’s editon of The Observer. It focuses on architect Jerry Harratt, who built his own house and office buildings in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire (now up for sale, pictured). It is an interesting build, not least because the property has no foundations but does have a ‘green’ roof. So on the site there is a four bedroom house on one floor, and then pretty close by is a 500 square foot office where his eight staff work which he calls the Long Sutton Work-Life Project. His plan is to build a hamlet using the same eco-friendly ideals. You can get full sales particulars of it at Fine and Country here.

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