Supply issues have also driven up the costs of building materials, with brick prices up by an average of 9 per cent, timber and roof tiles up by 8 per cent and insulation increasing by 16 per cent. More than half of the firms surveyed said increased material prices were squeezing their margins, and 56 per cent said they had to pass costs on to their customers.
Source: Building firms waiting more than a year for bricks as raw material costs rocket, study shows | The Independent
Dining room by Lionel Jadot, lioneljadot.com
Domestic interiors are becoming rougher around the edges, too. London architectural salvage and interior design group Retrouvius works on interiors projects with budgets ranging from £150,000 to £2m. “People are looking for a raw and more organic style,” says Retrouvius co-founder and designer Maria Speake. “It’s a trend among affluent, well-travelled, cosmopolitan clients. It’s not about rustic — it’s more sophisticated than that — but there’s a craving for simplicity and a sense of the handmade.”
Source: The return of ‘raw’ materials in home design – FT.com