I have a thing for terraced houses. A big thing. Personally, I find them very aesthetically pleasing. Whilst others long for a gleaming, ultra-modern pad, I long for a cute, redbrick mid-terrace, complete with courtyard and back alley. Maybe it's because I've grown up in Birmingham, where there are lots of redbrick terraces, and have a keen passion for Birmingham's lost back to back style houses (I'm a nerd). I hate that the vast majority of Britain's Victorian houses have been lost. Every building has history, and it makes me sad that so much history has been bulldozed. Maybe my longing to preserve old architecture fuels my love of terraces...
Regardless of where my obsession comes from, it makes me smile at the symmetrical rows of terraces and their back alleyways... the red brick feel cosy and familiar to me, and I just want to explore and take a few snaps. I live in Manchester now and luckily many old houses remain - think Coronation Street style! I can definitely see myself living in a terrace in a Manchester suburb in a few years time... they're often pretty cheap too! Next academic year, my friend and I are renting a redbrick terrace in an area that's dominated by them. It's even got a little yard and a back alleyway... heavenly.
I'm aware that I probably sound a bit nuts, but we all have our own tastes. My family home has some classic red bricks that are so prominent in industrial cities, but I suppose it's kind of weird that I adore terraces when I haven't lived in one (yet!). But I love how they're typically British and full of character. The majority were built during the Industrial Revolution, a watershed event that created modern Britain and shaped my hometowns of Birmingham and Manchester... and I can't get enough of 'em.
What kind of houses do you like? Are you all for modern chic, or do you prefer old and characterful?