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    January 20, 2019
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PROMOTION The rise of single-storey homes A Norfolk house builder is bucking the national trend and creating significant numbers of single-storey homes - reflecting a strong local demand for this style of living bel Homesincudebungalows and chalet bungalows on their sites to meet the needs Partly that wide appeal is being driven by something of a revolution in bungalow design. Many people's perceptions of thistype of property are coloured by badly-designed and poor quality bungalows built in the 1970s Nowadays single-storey homes benefit froen new designthinkingwhich peovides contemporary, liveable spaces which embrace the newesttechnology including very high levels of energy efficiency, fibre broadband to the of buyerswho want to ensure that their home remains accessible as they get older, as well as for those who simply like the idea of living on one loos In2017 just 2% of all new homes in the UK were bungalows; down from 15% just thirtyyearsearlier. Andyet, as we are all living longer lives and want to remain living independently into our olderage, demand for single-storey dwellings is buoyant premises and open plan living Changes in planning guidance have made including bungalons and chalet bungalows on new bomes sites much more achievable, says Abel Homes managing director Paul LeGrice. Because we are based here in Norfolk and understand local needs, around one in ten ofthenew homes we build are single-storey, way above the national average Increasingly popular are chalet bungalows, where the main bedroom (generally with en-suite bathroom) are on the ground floor, with further bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. This arrangement ofers huge flexibility. allowing for a Family guest bedroom, office or recreational space upstairsetc but with the ablity to live completely on one floor ifthat becomes necessary Building on one storey does reduce the number of homes which can be created on a given piece of land, but Abel Homes has recognised that these homes meet an important need in Norfolk and they remain an integral partof the way they create new homes It is interesting that whilst demand for bungalows is highest amongst older buyers, this is certainly not an exclusively older market, with single storey living is also appraling to some younger buyers and families as well for the county.. Abel Homes currently have bungalows and chalet bungalows for sale at their sites in Swattham, Watton and Mattishall, with generous detached bungalows soon to be released on their highly antlopated site at Gressenhall For more details visit www.abelhomes.co.uk Abel Homes