The new Vertex is the latest in a line of luxury homes that promise a more spacious living space, with all-in-one appliances and a larger living area.
But as it’s a £3m house, it’s not the cheapest in the market.
It’s a “big deal” if you’re considering the Vertex, says the Home Builders Association, but we’re not sold on the £3.5 million asking price, according to the Telegraph.
And it’s far from the cheapest house in the UK, with other models going for as much as £3 million.
“The Vertex has been designed with a premium aesthetic,” says the association, adding that the “premium” is due to the “extended range” of appliances and “sustainable energy.”
But we’d rather the Vertes had a standard living room instead of a luxurious dining room, and we’ve heard that the living room is “a bit large” for its size.
And while it’s the cheapest Vertex model, the price will go up as you add additional living spaces.
And even if the price goes up, we don’t recommend it for people who want a home with more space, says Andrew Mascarenhas, head of the home builders’ association.
The Vertex offers more storage than most home builders and more energy efficiency, but it’s also a bit smaller, with a more traditional layout.
The house features “the same elegant design as other Vertex homes”, but its “large living area is slightly smaller than many other homes”.
So while we like the Vertos spacious living room, we’re still unsure if it’s enough space for a “long-term stayer”, he says.
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But there are some features you should be aware of, like a “stability and protection system” that protects the home from the elements, and the “stereo audio” system, which is “very effective” in reducing noise and keeping the home “warm and comfortable”.
But we’re concerned about the price, as it means you’re paying more for an “invisible luxury” than a “luxury home”.
The home features a “huge” kitchen, and a large “bathroom” and a “kitchen/kitchenette”.
But the Verts main storage room is only 3m2, with just “about two-thirds of the space needed to fit all of the appliances and lighting”, says the AVA.
And you’ll be paying more than £3,000 for that space.
“It’s very expensive,” says Andrew, adding it “is not a very well designed home” and that you should “consider a more sustainable option” such as a “solar powered” house, which costs more.
It doesn’t look like a big enough space to support a “full-time” homestay, says AVA chief executive David Johnson, who says it’s “not good enough”.
Read more in the Telegraph: “I think that if you want a luxury home that can last for a lifetime, a lot of money is put into the design and build of the property, but there’s not a lot you can do about it,” he says, adding: “It is a great value and the Verstex is a really good home.”
It’s not clear what the Versecs “luxurious” design means for energy efficiency.
In the past, a number of luxury properties have been accused of being energy efficient, but AVA says it has no data to support this, saying it’s too early to tell what effect this might have.
But a “more sustainable option”, as well as a more “traditional” design, would be more energy efficient.
It also suggests that if your home is not going to last more than a few years, then “the Vertex will not be a good investment for the foreseeable future”.