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Stewart Milne design review seeks to build character

May 18 2021

Stewart Milne design review seeks to build character

Stewart Milne Homes have completed a redesign of its range of house types to be brought to market across Scotland and North West England over the next two years.

With a focus on flexibility, functionality and space the new range adapts to changing consumer expectations amid a series of Coronavirus imposed lockdowns.

Stuart Henderson, group product and design director at Stewart Milne Homes, said: “Following extensive customer research, we set out clear design principles which are at the heart of every new design. These are: simple elegance, supremely functional and appealing. Our design teams reviewed how people move around and use their home, examining what they do in each room and what they need as a result.

"This has shaped the new lay-outs which are much more functional, including utility rooms with sinks, showers as standard in all family bathrooms, direct access into gardens from kitchens and utility rooms, larger windows and options for a home office on the ground floor, as well as better usable space throughout.

"Our approach to new developments means that we will leave a legacy we can be proud of with places that have soul, individuality and character, shaped around the way people live.”

As well as focussing on individual homes the housebuilder has also developed a new framework to guide the layout of new developments to ensure that every estate employs unique elements that reflect local characteristics through the choice of materials, landscaping and custom features.

Custom features will be employed to reflect regional variety
Custom features will be employed to reflect regional variety
Stewart Milne have expressed a commitment to 'delivering successful streetscapes'
Stewart Milne have expressed a commitment to 'delivering successful streetscapes'


Randall Sloan
#1 Posted by Randall Sloan on 18 May 2021 at 09:31 AM
Sorry, is the before or after the review? its not clear from these images...
#2 Posted by SGE on 18 May 2021 at 10:36 AM
Ah yes... the good old characteristics of Tudor features from Medieval England and Wales just screams out Scottish!! Why has no-one thought of that before..........
Damp Proof Membrane
#3 Posted by Damp Proof Membrane on 18 May 2021 at 10:51 AM
The 1st of April is a year away. The only decent thing is larger windows. What a joke.
Robin B's Discount
#4 Posted by Robin B's Discount on 18 May 2021 at 11:00 AM
The black brick square on the last image is among the worst features I have ever seen! Fabulous work design team, they were obviously disgruntled about the redesign and decided to sabotage!
James Hepburn
#5 Posted by James Hepburn on 18 May 2021 at 11:22 AM
Stewart Milne cements Scottish house builders reputation for mediocrity.
Ian A
#6 Posted by Ian A on 18 May 2021 at 11:28 AM
Is it mainly the issue of finance that prevents companies like Milne coming up with 'decent' housing designs. Is there nothing that local authorities across Scotland, working together, can do to improve design? Have any of the volume house builders ever engaged real architects to come up with ideas?
Robin B's Discount
#7 Posted by Robin B's Discount on 18 May 2021 at 11:58 AM
It's all cost related Ian. Some of the higher end resi providers have excellent designs and bring in external architects to help with the concepts.
#8 Posted by TheFakeArchitect on 18 May 2021 at 13:56 PM
Thank goodness for "extensive customer research", otherwise no one could have predicted that a sink within the utility room is a good idea.
#9 Posted by mick on 18 May 2021 at 15:53 PM
The images presented demonstrate total lack of vison, understanding and responsibility by all involved. Congratulations on your consistency !
Brian Sewell
#10 Posted by Brian Sewell on 18 May 2021 at 18:57 PM
Are these in Welwyn Garden City?
#11 Posted by Stuart on 19 May 2021 at 08:46 AM
How inspiring...joking of course. What a miserable attempt. No mention of amenity or community facilities either in the blurb about the layout of the developments, which suggests cul-de-sac city. Please, please, please look at Reitveld Schroder House for a lesson in adaptability and play of space. This is coming up to be 100 years old. Perhaps once it breaks the ton, it will get on the radar of the nostalgia nuts.
#12 Posted by MV on 19 May 2021 at 09:32 AM
People, people, people, It's not what you do, it's what you say. There was no extensive customer research because they would be too scared to go back to these houses given the high levels of bad workmanship. Words are stronger than actions, it would seem.

The sad truth is nobody cares. Design, never mind good design, holds no value in our UK society.
#13 Posted by E=mc2 on 19 May 2021 at 14:58 PM
The only thing that is missing here is design. Of any kind.

Unfortunately, Joe Public will continue to buy into such mediocrity, which the housebuilders then believe then vindicates their choices......
Auntie Nairn
#14 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 19 May 2021 at 20:17 PM
Utter dross
#15 Posted by Vitruvius on 21 May 2021 at 12:03 PM
I'm loving that my principles of Firmness, Commodity and Delight are embraced so well these days.

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