Take A Step Back in Time With Barratt Homes

Have you ever wondered what the 60’s looked like? Or perhaps you are more of an 80’s person? Well to celebrate Barratt Homes building their 500,000th home, they have created an interactive digital street scene from the last 60 years. The digital tool takes you back to how the houses once looked, featuring some iconic events for each decade. Whether it is a VW Camper Van, a flying Delorian, or the A-Team Van, the decades tool will help you learn and discover fashion and trends from days gone by.

The Barratt Through The Decades tool begins its journey two years after the business was first founded, in the swinging 60s. Mini Coopers and VW Campervans dominated the roads. Interior design was huge, with brightly coloured, psychedelic colours and patterns being used in each room. Iconic events such as the first moon landing and fashion styles such as flower power and tie-dye are celebrated. It also provides a window into what buying a home was like during this time, with the average property costing just £2,530.

We then go on a journey through the various decades, celebrating defining fashions and trends. Be it disco fever and the love of dance and music, the punk movement with brightly coloured hair, leather jackets and piercings or perms, mullets, and shell suits there is plenty to reminisce. The digital tool concludes its journey in the present day at a time where COVID, facemasks and social distancing has become the new norm.

We also see how the housing landscape has developed over the years. Starting out in the 60s, people typically lived either in tower block housing or smaller traditional two-storey homes. As individual incomes rose, so did the average house prices in the 60s, making it around £2,530. We then witness the housing market boom and the average price consistently increase, taking us to £197,890 by the end of the 2010s. This takes us to the present day where townhouses and apartment blocks are becoming more popular.

David Thomas, Chief Executive of Barratt Developments, said: “To mark the significant milestone of completing our 500,000th home, we wanted to take a look back at how much things have evolved over the past seven decades.

“This digital tool will take viewers on a journey from the 1960s right up to today so they can explore what made each era so iconic.

“Creating communities has been a lasting legacy of ours since 1958 when Sir Lawrie Barratt first founded Barratt Homes and we are extremely proud of our contribution to society over the past 60 years. We now look forward to a new era of house building, one rightly shaped by the green agenda but still very much grounded in community.”

Barratt has always had quality at the forefront of its mind. In 2020, it was awarded the maximum five star rating from its customers (HBF) for the 11th year in a row following the results of the annual Home Builders Federation satisfaction survey.

Looking to the future of housebuilding and its next 500,000 homes, Barratt has pledged its commitment to create a positive environmental, social and economic legacy for future generations.

For more information on any Barratt or David Wilson Homes developments nearby, visit www.barratthomes.co.uk or www.dwh.co.uk.