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Holden style home perfect for modern family living in Bedfordshire

Lidlington Court

Bedfordshire house hunters looking for a stylish and versatile home perfectly suited to modern family living need look no further than David Wilson Homes’ Holden house type in Lidlington Court.

As one of the five star housebuilder’s most in-demand house types, the Holden is known for its practical and well thought out design, as well as being perfect for modern buyers looking to personalise their home to suit their needs.

The detached four bedroom home can be found at the developer’s newest site Lidlington Court in Lidlington, so buyers can benefit from a fantastic location that suits their lifestyle, as well as this ideal family property.

GEN Z STEPPING ONTO THE PROPERTY LADDER

Silkin Green development

With a recent survey* by Countryside revealing two thirds of Generation Z renters are already saving for a home deposit, Telford couple Aimee and Ryan have secured their first home in the new Silkin Green development at age 23 thanks to Help to Buy. 

The couple, who have been together for six years, were the first residents to move into Countryside’s new Silkin Green development in Telford, having picked up the keys to their New Stamford home last month. 

Aimee, who works as a Sales Coordinator, commented:

Rise in apartment living in Bedfordshire at great Denham park

Great Denham Park development

Apartment living is becoming a popular choice for a range of different property seekers in Bedfordshire, from first time buyers taking the first step onto the property ladder to those looking to downsize to a more manageable home.

Barratt Homes Northampton has recognised the growing need for apartments at its Great Denham Park development. It is currently expertly crafting a range of two bedroom apartments at the Greenkeepers Road development that are expected to be in demand with a range of buyers.

Alison Raine, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Northampton, said:

How do I make my home to be more energy efficient and save money on my bills

Roof Maker

Many people don’t think about this but it actually costs more to light a home than to heat a home say the experts Roof Maker. This is because it is rare to have the heating on through the summer months, but lights are used on a daily basis and more so through the winter months when the dark nights are drawing in, so the overall cost is higher.

Building an extension therefore doesn’t necessary cost more in terms of heating, but think about the lighting. One way of reducing the bills is to ensure homes are filled with as much natural light as possible. This can be achieved by using a neutral colour palette on walls and ensuring the rooms are flooded with natural light by including rooflights and bi-fold or sliding doors.

Make simple bathroom updates safe with advice from Triton

Triton talk about shower safety

One of the simplest ways to refresh your bathroom space is to change the shower hose and spray head says Triton. Even if the unit itself is in good shape, some accessories can start to look worn out and get clogged with scale over time, especially if you live in a hard water area.

While this quick update may seem harmless, swapping to incompatible and poor quality products can cause serious issues and even pose a threat to your family’s wellbeing. 

With this in mind, Triton has launched an initiative to raise awareness of the safety critical nature of shower accessories and the dangers of connecting sub-standard hoses and spray heads.

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Brother and sister choose David Wilson Homes for careers in commercial property

Brother and sister choose David Wilson Homes for careers in commercial property

A Northamptonshire brother and sister have chosen David Wilson Homes to pursue their careers in commercial, as the demand for quality new homes across the South Midlands continues to rise.

Aimee (26) and Daniel (28) Turiccki are both based at the division’s head office in Northampton and are part of the housebuilder’s growing Commercial department, which looks after purchasing and surveying land.

Daniel joined the company in 2012 and has worked his way up to be a Senior Quantity Surveyor. He decided to make the move to David Wilson Homes to progress his career after working for a local engineering consultancy.  

He said:

David Wilson homes site managers in Northamptonshire named among the best in the country

Site manager for David Wilson Homes

Local housebuilder David Wilson Homes South Midlands, based in Northampton is celebrating after two of its Site Managers achieved success in a top national competition to find the best building site managers in the country.

Kyle Shelton and Barry Farrar have both been given Pride in the Job Quality awards from the National House Building Council (NHBC) - which recognise the best run sites in the country and are the highest industry accolade a Site Manager can achieve.

Kyle, 32, who is based at The Gateway in Priors Hall Park, Corby, said:

The UK’s purrfect homes for pets

UK PET owners

UK PET owners are kitting out their homes to accommodate their four-legged companions, according to new research. 

A survey of 1,013 UK pet owners carried out by interiors etailer, Furniture123.co.uk, revealed that British pet owners spend an average of £286 per year furnishing and decorating their home for their furry friends.

This comes following recent reports that - as a nation - Brits spend a total of £1,150* on pets each year.

The research found that £80 of these annual costs were spent on redecorating and refreshing the home this included touching up paintwork and replacing flooring and carpets.

Pet beds (89%) topped the list for pet-friendly furniture purchased by British pet owners. 

Help to Buy enables local family to buy their first home at Westvale Park

Eve and Neil Joyce, and their two children at the Westvale Park development

Eve and Neil Joyce, and their two children, aged six and nine, have recently moved to Crest Nicholson’s Westvale Park development in Horley. Having previously rented in the nearby town of Reigate, the family decided that now was the time to take their first step onto the property ladder to provide more space for the children.
 
Eve, a childminder, and Neil, a banker, purchased a two-bedroom property at Westvale Park, commenting that

Put your own stamp on your baby’s nursery and get crafting with Dremel

Boy playing in his Dremel inspired room

Pink for boys, blue for girls or a kaleidoscope of colours; your baby’s nursery should be as individual as they are says Dremel. With this in mind, global crafting brand, Dremel, is encouraging people to pick up their multi-tools and put their own stamp on things.

This could include engraving a unique design or mural on a baby’s cot or bedroom furniture, crafting a bespoke mobile to help lull the little one to sleep, building some much needed bedroom storage to put away the mountains of toys and books, making a hanger or a robot storage rack to keep clothes off the bedroom floor, or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, creating a puppet theatre for your child to play with.

The ultimate cinematic experience at home

AppliancesDirect

DATE NIGHT at the cinema could be at risk of dying out as new research, from AppliancesDirect, reveals Brits are using their homes to create a full media experience.

A survey of 1,021 UK adults carried out by leading household appliances retailer, AppliancesDirect.co.uk,revealed that 63% of Brits prefer to stay at home to watch films for date night rather than going out.

In fact, more than 1 in 3 (35%) of respondents revealed they now have a room in the home dedicated to a home cinema experience.

More than half (57%) said that the rise of on demand services such as Netflix, YouTube, NOW TV and Amazon video are causing the increase of Brits staying in to watch films for date night.

Step Forward Homes reports rising demand for affordable homes from veterans and 999 workers 

Step Forward Homes support shared ownership for NHS workers

The NHS pay rise that unions agreed earlier this year catapulted the issue of affordable housing for emergency workers into the spotlight once more. The rise of at least 6.5% over three years is unlikely to keep up with inflation, meaning that nurses, porters and paramedics will continue to face issues when it comes to affording property.

DIY SOS – almost half of UK adults are DIY disasters

DIY

NOT-SO-HANDY UK adults avoid common household DIY tasks due to a lack of confidence in their abilities, according to new research.

The survey of 1,483 UK homeowners and tenants carried out by Emo Oil, a home heating oil supplier, revealed that a nervous 52% of UK adults would immediately call on professional assistance before trying to fix a DIY issue themselves.

In fact, the majority (77%) of adults living in the UK do not feel confident to carry out simple home DIY tasks.

More than 1 in 3 (36%) also confess to having a local handyman on speed dial, to offer help with the home improvement and renovation jobs they can’t do.

GO MONO

Cormar Carpets

According to Cormar Carpets it holds a timeless and classic appeal and although it’s a simple palette, the strong black and white theme adds impact and drama to any room in the home.

For those who prefer a slightly softer look, introduce soft dark browns or pure greys to the mix. This works particularly well in bedrooms and living spaces where a subtler design scheme may be required.

Says David Cormack, marketing director at Cormar Carpets:

Room with a view: opulent new show apartment opens at Cambridge development

Trumpington Vista

Barratt Homes Eastern Counties has unveiled a brand new view apartment at its Trumpington Vista development in Cambridge this weekend (Saturday 9th June), providing prospective buyers with their first opportunity to step inside one of the sought-after homes.

The property is one of 65 contemporary two and three bedroom apartments and eight premium villas in this exclusive phase of homes named Vista at the Hauxton Road development, offering a fresh take on modern living and beautifully overlooking a 148-acre country park.

Housebuilder releases first homes at new Gloucestershire development

Sunningend View

David Wilson Homes has released details of new homes at its Sunningend View development in Brockworth, which are now available to reserve ahead of the official launch later this year.

Sunningend View is a brand-new development of 71 homes in Brockworth. Work is well underway on the new community, with the five-star housebuilder reporting excellent progress and recently unveiling new images of the site.

Move on up to the Leeman at Kingsbrook

Move on up to the Leeman at Kingsbrook

The Leeman, a three bedroom modern townhouse is the perfect choice for house hunters looking for the extra space and flexibility a townhouse can deliver.

The ground floor of the Leeman features a large family room with French doors leading onto the rear garden. The family room is the ideal flexible space to create a snug, home office, gym or hobby room. A double bedroom and shower room complete the ground floor.

Glenn Copper, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes North Thames, said:

“The Leeman benefits from a modern and unique layout which makes it ideal for families with older children or teenagers. The ground floor makes a perfect teenage den with their own bedroom, private bathroom and flexible family room.”

Local family get helping hand in move to Crest Nicholson’s Nightingale Fields

Local family get helping hand in move to Crest Nicholson’s Nightingale Fields

Amy and Ed Field had been saving for several years before finding their dream home at Crest Nicholson’s Nightingale Fields in Wokingham. Using the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, the couple and their children, aged nineteen, eleven and five, were able to move to a home which allows them to spend more time together as a family, while remaining in close proximity to the local schools.

Leading homebuilder takes swift action for declining birds

Oakfields

Five star housebuilder David Wilson Homes has taken a swift initiative at its Oakfields development in Harbury to provide homes for feathered friends as well as new residents.

A carpenter for David Wilson Homes crafted some handmade swift boxes which have now been put up on the show homes and throughout trees at the Bush Heath Lane development. The homebuilder is hoping to provide a home for the fast flying birds, whose breeding numbers have nearly halved in the last 20 years due to declining nesting sites.

John Fitzgerald, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes Mercia, said:

How to create your dream outdoor kitchen

Outdoor kitchen

Have you ever looked through the pages of interior glossies and lusted after the impeccable Outdoor kitchen on offer? Yes, us too.

But creating the perfect alfresco dining space doesn't have to be reserved for show homes and warmer climates. By following some simple design advice, you too can create a versatile outdoor space, which – even in the UK - can be used all year round...

Plan it out

You wouldn't start an indoor kitchen renovation without first having a fool-proof plan, so why would an outdoor one be any different? 

Older Person’s Shared Ownership Totnes

Quayside

Quayside offers a unique collection of retirement apartments for those aged over 55. The 30, one and two-bedroom apartments offer a contemporary open-plan living layout, private balconies or terraces with views over the Dart Valley or the inner courtyard space. Kitchens are fitted with modern appliances and shower rooms include walk-in showers. The apartments offer great communal facilities and services including an on-site bistro, a pamper suite and hairdressing salon, a meeting and activity room, large reception area and beautifully designed communal gardens and seating areas. The experienced, scheme management team are on-hand to provide support and help to organise activities for the residents too.

Pupils get a happily ever after at Barratt Homes’ storytelling event

Storytelling event

Stories were brought to life in front of the eyes of pupils from Church End Lower School thanks to a storytelling event organised by Barratt Homes North Thames who is building homes in Marston Moretaine at Marston Fields.

The leading housebuilder invited professional storyteller Richard York, a member of the Society for Storytelling, to spend time at the school telling stories to the pupils and engaging them in the literature, to mark National Share a Story Month in May.  

Mrs Straccia, Forest End Head of School at Church End Lower School, said:

Multi-trade students given a glimpse of the construction industry

Leading housebuilder Westleigh Homes has given a talk to construction students from a local college and invited them for a tour of its St Mary’s Park development in Leicester to provide an insight into work in the industry.

A total of 35 Level 3 Built Environment learners, followed by a group of Levels 1, 2 and 3 Bricklaying, Plastering, and Carpentry and Joinery pupils from Leicester College, were given a presentation by Mark Dixon, the Senior Site Manager who oversees work on the collection of two, three and four-bedroom homes close to the city’s thriving centre.

NOT SO SQUEAKY CLEAN

hygiene

BRITAIN is a nation lacking in hygiene when it comes to their home appliances, according to new research.

A survey of 1,015 UK adults carried out by leading household appliances retailer, AppliancesDirect.co.uk, revealed an overwhelming 71% of those surveyed said they don’t regularly clean their home appliances.

When quizzed on how often Brits clean their home, the data revealed it is the washing machine which is cleaned the least. 

In fact, Britons clean the washing machine just once per year on average, according to the research.

Cleaning the oven came in second place, as respondents said they do this appliance twice per year.

Help to Buy scheme helps first-time buyers own first home at Kilnwood Vale

Help to Buy scheme

Brian & Penny Voget explain that they “hadn’t heard of the Help to Buy scheme” before speaking to Crest Nicholson’s sales advisors. Despite not having owned a home before, the “expert help and advice” from the Crest Nicholson team meant that the Vogets move into their dream home at Kilnwood Vale was a quick and simple process.

With Help to Buy, a 5% deposit at a standard mortgage rate of 75% will see the government supply the final 20% through an equity loan, allowing prospective buyers such as the Vogets to purchase a home which otherwise wouldn’t have been possible.