Could suburbia be architecture’s greatest opportunity?

  • 8 May 2019

Suburbias are known for their ‘boxy’, similar looking houses, mainly due to the lack of time that housebuilders have for these large scale developments, as well as the skills shortage.

Consequently, this has led to unimaginative template developments, where a few simple housing designs are replicated over and over. But, as the popularity of eclectic city centres demonstrates, human beings crave variety to create interest and feed the soul.

The good news is that today’s construction methods mean it’s possible to be much more adventurous with house designs. Intricate brick elements can be pre-manufactured in factory conditions, free from the effects of weather and without delays waiting for skilled labour.

Everything from eye-catching bullseye windows, soaring arches, and brick soffits can be created using bespoke steel lintels to which brick slips are securely bonded. Because the bricks are sourced from site, these one-piece elements can be delivered ready for quick, easy installation.

The brick details add variety and diversity to even the most standard new build, but they also offer a tantalising opportunity to alter preconceptions of what a suburban house looks like.

Building on such a rich heritage, architects have a unique opportunity to encourage potential homeowners to think differently about living in suburbia.

The fact is that most people in the UK live in suburban developments and housing shortages and limits on space mean that suburbia will continue to grow. It presents a huge canvas for architects to demonstrate their creativity and imagination and, thanks to modern methods of construction, it’s never been easier to enrich this once-beloved brand of architecture.

For more than 60 years, IG Lintels has been designing and developing specialist products to give architects freedom of choice without compromising build quality. Click here for more information on designing stylish suburban houses.

Visit the IG Lintels website

Download Hi-therm+ Brochure

Download IG Brick Slip Feature Lintels Brochure

Leave a Reply

Latest news


You can count on GEZE's two new systems

GEZE has introduced two systems, GEZECounter Plus and GEZECounter Connect, that integrate with automatic doors to provide controlled admission to buildings.

Posted in Access Control & Door Entry Systems, Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Doors, Health & Safety, Information Technology, Innovations & New Products, news, Posts, Security and Fire Protection


Marley adds integrated solar PV tile solution to complete roof system

In response to an increasing focus on sustainable solutions to support the UK target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Marley has launched its Marley SolarTile® range.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Innovations & New Products, Posts, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Roofs, Sustainability & Energy Efficiency


MGMA makes it hat-trick of online CPDs

The Metal Gutter Manufacturers Association (MGMA) has added a third CPD to its new portfolio of online CPDs on the MGMA’s website.

Posted in Articles, Building Associations & Institutes, Building Industry Events, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Continuing Professional Development (CPD's), Drainage, Guttering, Soffits & Fascias, Roofs

Delta Membranes

Delta: What is positive side/negative side Waterproofing?

One of the most interesting questions in waterproofing is what is positive side and negative side waterproofing? It is a great question, say Delta Membranes…

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Damp & Waterproofing, Posts, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation