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Children Enjoy An Eggs-tra Special Easter At Fairfields

Children with easter eggs at Fairfields

Pupils at Fairfields Primary School in Milton Keynes enjoyed an eggs-tra special Easter after taking part in a seasonal egg hunt at David Wilson Homes’ Fairfields development.

Three classes of youngsters at the school were challenged to find 10 especially designed Easter eggs that spelt out the name of the new homes site, which had been hidden around the Vespasian Road show homes.  

After they had hunted all of the eggs in the beautifully furnished properties, they put them all together to spell Fairfields and celebrated their triumph in front of the development. 

Once the children had completed the challenge they were each given a chocolate Easter egg as their prize. 

Grand Designs: The Street

Grand Designs: The Street

Grand Designs: The Street has been an epic five years in the making. In this six-part series, presented by Kevin McCloud, cameras follow the first 10 pioneering households who are building a brand new street from scratch, on what will ultimately be the UK’s largest self-build project. 

This ground-breaking experiment takes place in a prime location near Bicester, just 14 miles from Oxford and under an hour from London by train. The local council bought the land from the MOD, and instead of selling it to a developer for a quick profit, they have simplified the planning regulations and sold plots to the general public for around £100k each.

Family Ties At Northamptonshire Housebuilders Barratt & David Wilson Homes

Family Ties At Northamptonshire Housebuilders Barratt & David Wilson Homes

In celebration of Mother’s Day, local housebuilder David Wilson Homes South Midlands is celebrating the family ties being created in its close-knit establishment, with more than four employees having recommended the company to their family. 

A total of eight employees working for the Northamptonshire developer have relatives that they work alongside including mother and daughter duos: Amanda and Hannah Bridges (Sales Advisers), Carol Wilman and Georgie Lindsay (Sales Advisers), Catherine Duffy (Sales Adviser) and her daughter Abi Duffy who works for sister company Barratt Homes Northampton and sisters Amanda Jones (Sales Manager) and Victoria Barnaby (Senior Sales Adviser). 

Astudio Secures Planning Permission For Revolutionary Modular Housing Project

Astudio Secures Planning Permission For Revolutionary Modular Housing Project in London

astudio, the award-winning architectural practice, is pleased to announce it has been granted planning permission by London Borough of Barking and Dagenham for a second off-site housing development. The project will utilise astudio’s ground-breaking building approach that reduces the cost of modular housing while providing high-quality homes.

171 Arguments, 463 Kisses and Over 2,800 Cups of Tea – A Year in the Life of an Average British Kitchen

Average British Kitchen

The average British kitchen hosts 171 arguments, 624 bouts of laughter and sips 2,828 cups of tea in just one year, new research has revealed.

A nationwide survey has revealed that 70 percent of Brits see the kitchen as the heart of the home, and therefore the setting for many of life’s best, worst and most crucial moments.

From sharing 218 pieces of gossip and enduring 182 kids tantrums to enjoying 275 singalongs and 72 kitchen discos, the research found the average British family kitchen to be a busy place over one year.

Soaring demand as next phase of Shared Ownership homes are released at Aborfield Green, Wokingham 

Aborfield Green, Wokingham kitchen

First time buyers are snapping up the brand new Shared Ownership homes at Aborfield Green, Wokingham, so much so that Catalyst has just released the next phase of homes.  

The development features a collection of stylish one and two bedroom Shared Ownership apartments and two and four bedroom Shared Ownership homes which are forming part of Berkshire’s newest 21st century Garden Village. 

Event Set To Encourage First Time Buyers To Get Onto The Property Ladder

Event Set To Encourage First Time Buyers To Get Onto The Property Ladder

Bedfordshire first time buyers on the hunt for a stylish and affordable home are being encouraged to attend a first time buyer event this Saturday (23rd March) at Great Denham Park. 

Located on Greenkeepers Road in Great Denham, the development has a selection of properties available to reserve, using a part-buy part-rent scheme with Heylo Housing called Home Reach.

The event will give potential homebuyers the chance to find out more about the homes that are available using this scheme and how a part-buy part-rent scheme could work for them.

Home Reach is a helpful scheme that provides a more affordable way for people to get on the housing ladder across the UK via part-buy and part-rent. 

Help to buy equity loan Church Hill Place

Church Hill Place

Church Hill Place will comprise of an exclusive collection of 38 premium two, three and four bedroom homes. Named after the charming Parish Church in Coleshill, one of the tallest spires in Warwickshire, Church Hill Place is ideally located just a few minutes’ walk from Coleshill’s bustling High Street. A range of detached, semi-detached and terrace houses will be available, as well as townhouses, which will all be traditional and timeless in design, reflecting the Georgian architecture of the surrounding area.

Tackley Primary School pupils do the honours at the official opening of Deanfield Grove, Tackley 

Tackley Primary School pupils do the honours at the official opening of Deanfield Grove, Tackley 

Children from Tackley Primary School were given the honour of officially opening the new show home at the much anticipated Deanfield Grove development in Tackley, Oxfordshire. 

The children were chosen after winning a ‘Design Your Dream Bedroom’ competition held by Deanfield Homes for the whole school. The winners, James Blackledge, year 1, Evelyn Morley, year 3 and Edith Triggs, year 2 were invited along to officially cut the ribbon and unveil the four bedroom show home. 

Housebuilder’s donation gives charity its own magic moment

Family at Disneyland getting their magic moment with characters from Winnie The Pooh

A charity that supports bereaved families has received a £1,000 windfall from Barratt Homes in Bristol, after becoming the latest recipient of the housebuilder’s new community initiative. 

The Barratt Homes Community Fund donates £1,000 each month to a charity or organisation which improves the quality of life for those living in the region. The new scheme is part of the company’s pledge to strengthen its ties with the areas in which it is building new homes.

Magic Moments is one of the first recipients of the new fund and the charity has a special place in the heart of one Barratt Homes' employees, whose family was supported by its services.

National Healthy Housing Awards unveiled

Construction on new housing

New awards have been launched to celebrate the efforts of individuals and organisations across the country to support people to live independently.

The National Healthy Housing Awards 2019 are open to those working in a wide range of agencies, from local authorities and social landlords to multi-disciplinary partnerships.

They build on the success of the HIA Awards, which since 2001 have celebrated the work of home improvement agencies throughout England in supporting thousands of vulnerable people every year.

The new awards, organised by Foundations – the Government-funded national body for home improvement agencies – will continue to champion the work of HIAs but will also feature a broader range of categories.

BEDFORDSHIRE BUYERS GET READY TO RESERVE NEW HOME AT EXCITING NEW DEVELOPMENT

A Typical Street Scene at Clipstone Park

Home buyers in Bedfordshire are putting their home moving plans into action now the new Barratt and David Wilson Homes Clipstone Park development in Leighton Buzzard, has opened the doors to their onsite sales office.

The new sales office allows buyers to visit the site and reserve their new home off-plan before the show home opens this year.

Alongside the development, over £16million pounds will be invested in new public facilities on the development in Leighton Buzzard and the surrounding area as part of the planning agreement. Residents in the area can expect to see improvements made towards public transport, education and leisure facilities.

Family Discover More With Three Storey Living In The Moorecroft At Willow Grove

Family in their Willow Grove Home

A family of four in Bedfordshire have upsized to a three storey property at David Wilson Homes’ Willow Grove development to give their family room to grow. 

Paul and Sara Canavan (both in their 40s) have two teenage daughters Katie (15) and Chloe (12) who are beginning to appreciate their own space, and used the developer’s Part Exchange scheme to secure their new home on Southern Cross.

After living in Bedford for the last 18 years, the family knew they didn’t want to move far from the area they knew, but Wixams had the appeal of being close to good schooling and ideal road and rail links. 

Now they can all benefit from having large family areas where they can spend quality time together as well as solitary spaces where they can enjoy time to themselves. 

Special delivery for Stoke Gabriel couple turns new house into a family home

Special delivery for Stoke Gabriel couple turns new house into a family home

When parents-to-be Henry Burridge and fiancée Maddy White first saw their new home in the idyllic South Hams village of Stoke Gabriel, they knew it would be the perfect place to welcome their baby daughter into the world.

And less than three months after moving into their new house at Cavanna Homes’ Kings Orchard development, baby Olive was born, at home, on February 4th 2019.  

Quantity Surveyor Henry, 25, and 21-year-old Nursery Assistant Maddy, were the first couple to reserve a property at Kings Orchard. Maddy explained; “We heard about Cavanna Homes’ Kings Orchard development from my parents, who live just up the road. I grew up in Stoke Gabriel and was really keen to stay in the area, so Kings Orchard was a perfect spot for us.

FirstHomeCoach: First-Time Buyer Platform Launches On Android & iOS

FirstHomeCoach First-Time Buyer App

An all-in-one personalised digital platform that guides first-time property buyers through the entire home-buying process has formally launched on App Store and Google Play.

FirstHomeCoach - the brainchild of Ben Leonard, former HSBC Head of Financial Institutions, and Paul Carse, the former CTO of the Racing Post - offers bespoke guidance for prospective homeowners, many of whom lack knowledge of the house buying process, have a poor credit rating or struggle to save up a deposit.

Last chance to get on the property ladder at Trafalgar Apartments

Last chance to get on the property ladder at Trafalgar Apartments

Last chance to get on the property ladder at Trafalgar Apartments - part of the prestigious Dickens Yard, Ealing 

First time buyers are being given the last chance to get their foot on the property ladder at Trafalgar Apartments, part of the prestigious and vibrant Dickens Yard development in the heart of Ealing, West London. 

Catalyst’s development, Trafalgar Apartments features a selection of stylish one and two bedroom Shared Ownership apartments with only four, two bedroom Shared Ownership still available. The apartments are sensitively designed with high ceiling and generous windows providing a feeling of luxury and there are balconies on selected plots with video entry system to all apartments.

The B Word

The B Word

Regardless of your views on Brexit, there’s no arguing that it has created a great deal of uncertainty.  Reuben John from Fine & Country East London discusses what this means for the property market.

As the final Brexit decision edges closer, the impact on the property market has left potential sellers and buyers in a difficult position because of the uncertain outcome. On the one hand, there is a wait and see attitude, particularly with buyers thinking that prices may well reduce. For sellers, the question is if the market slows down is selling now the better option?

Blended Bedfordshire Family Brought Together At Willow Grove

Bedfordshire Family Brought Together At Willow Grove

A Bedfordshire couple have settled into their new property at Barratt Homes’ Willow Grove and have fallen in love with the family features the development provides their three children with. 

Jessica Desouza (32) and Luke Andrews (35) have purchased a four bedroom property, which offers more than enough room for them and their children, Eefah-Louise (8), Ariana (4) and baby Lochlan (3 months). 

Jessica, originally from Luton, said: “Ever since the arrival of our little one, we wanted to find a space that equally accommodates everyone.

“With Luke’s child Eefah-Louise and my daughter Ariana living together in one space, it was important to make everyone feel a part of the family.

Brooklands Apartment Offers First Time Buyers A Step Onto The Property Ladder

Couple in their Brooklands Apartment

A development of new properties in Milton Keynes has provided a pair of first-time buyers with their ideal home.

Paige Quigley, an Assistant Merchandiser at Sainsbury’s Argos, and Bailey Skinner, a Food and Beverage Assistant at the Hilton Hotel, moved into their new property at Brooklands recently. They are thrilled to have purchased their first home together after years of saving, thanks to using the Help to Buy scheme.

This government-backed scheme allows buyers to purchase a home with just a 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage. The remaining 20% is funded by an equity loan, interest-free for the first five years and repayable on the sale on the home.

Interior design students put to test by Shanly Homes in local competition

Interior design students at Shanly Homes

Design students at West Herts College, Watford, were put to the test when challenged with designing a children’s bedroom for a competition by award-winning housebuilder Shanly Homes. The winning student, Jessica Gregory, was awarded two days’ work experience with Micasa, who has created the show home at Shanly’s newest development Fern Acre Gardens in Northwood, just six miles from the college. 

Buying a brand new home was so easy for first time buyers  

Peter, Cristina and their dog outside their brand new home

Buying a home is considered to be one of the most stressful things you can do, but for Peter Blixenkrone-Moller and Cristina Gallego Garcia it couldn’t have been more straight forward when they purchased their two bedroom home at Deanfield Meadow, Ducklington, Near Witney, Oxfordshire. 

Peter (aged 50) comments, “We have both been living in the UK for 10 years. I am originally from Denmark and Cristina (aged 40) from Spain. We wanted to buy our own home but needed to make sure we were both in the right jobs before making that commitment, so decided to rent for nine months in Woodstock, with a clause in our agreement which meant we could get out.

A new beginning for Mulberry Homes at Great Bowden

Mulberry Homes – the first sod is cut

A recent 'cutting the sod' ceremony at Mulberry Homes' new Heathcote Grange development in Great Bowden, Leics, celebrated one of the first milestones on the site and marked the official start of the construction work.

Chair of the Harborough District Council, Lesley Bowles, joined the homebuilder's Land and Operations Director Steve Mitchell for the event on Leicester Lane.

Heathcote Grange is set to provide a sophisticated selection of three and four bedroom luxury homes, positioned amidst beautifully landscaped surroundings in the heart of Great Bowden.

Not Long Left To Secure A Property At Kingsley Manor

Kingsley Manor street scene

David Wilson Homes South Midlands has released its final range of properties at its Kingsley Manor development in Langford that is perfect for the whole family.

The sought-after new homes site, which is located on Station Road, currently has a range of four and five bedroom detached properties available that are expertly designed to suit modern living.  

The six remaining properties will give new residents a chance to join the newly-formed community of homeowners at the development who are already reaping the benefits of Kingsley Manor.

Crest Nicholson saves the day for Part Exchange couple at Birchen Oak, West Sussex

Crest Nicholson saves the day for Part Exchange couple at Birchen Oak, West Sussex

Alice Dean and her husband, Matt Curgenven, recently moved to Crest Nicholson’s Birchen Oak development in Lindfield. Having previously occupied a two-bedroom duplex apartment built by Crest Nicholson, the couple found their transition to West Sussex “really easy and supportive,” as they chose to upsize using Crest Nicholson’s Part Exchange scheme to secure their dream home. 

The couple found they had outgrown their previous apartment and Alice said, “we needed to find a home that met our needs, and that is what we found at Birchen Oak.” A big part of the appeal was their desire “to leave London” and enjoy the relaxing country lifestyle in West Sussex.

Are you sitting on a small fortune? The top 10 most wanted second hand items

Are you sitting on a small fortune? The top 10 most wanted second hand items

The glitz and glamour of the Christmas period doesn’t come cheap, with presents, parties and decorations all pulling on the pursestrings. Every penny counts over these expensive winter months and many will be searching for ways to bring in a bit of extra cash to cover the costs.

The answer may well be closer to home than people think, with the second hand industry growing year on year. There are many reasons why someone might feel the need for a clear out, but whether it’s fundraising for a treat or decluttering ahead of a house move, you could find it a valuable process.