Should I buy a new build house?

Open plan kitchen diner new build

If you’re wondering what it’s like to live in a new build house, then look no further. As part of her post graduate degree programme ‘Masters in Real Estate’, Jessica Whitehead joined us to conduct her dissertation project and spoke to residents at a Countryside development here in the North about some of the benefits to living in a Countryside home. 

Her input has proved so useful, we were extremely keen to retain her expertise and she is now an Assistant Development Manager based in the Yorkshire region.

A different mindset

Customer feedback is captured by us in the months leading up to and following completion, but Jessica’s study gathered previously untapped info, with the majority of participants having been in their home for a year or more. 

If you’re thinking about buying a new build, the results will give you a fascinating insight of what life will really be like within a Countryside home.

A deeper understanding

The participants unanimously agreed that the kitchen area is the best feature in their home. Admittedly, this isn’t a big surprise - we know our skylights set us apart - but the fact that each and every person mentioned it in the study tells us just how special they are.

Our homes were found to meet the needs of residents ‘very well’, with all participants voting in the upper scale and overall scores coming in above the national average benchmark. Temperature control in the winter, size, layout and location have also proven popular, with access to open space, as well as train and motorway networks given a big thumbs up.

A real-life experience

For two-thirds of participants, the move has had a positive impact on their lifestyle as well - with shorter commute times and ample space to work from home highlighted as real benefits. Having green space nearby has also encouraged residents to get out walking more in the great outdoors. 

Noise levels were another plus, with the ‘quietness of the development’ noted. ‘Convenience’ is also a theme with features including parking facilities, the downstairs toilet and separate bath and shower shown to be extremely useful.

Shining a new light

Importantly, the quality of both natural and artificial light scored above the national average too - on a scale of 1-7, the majority awarded us the maximum amount of 7. 

A small number of people expressed a desire for a little more natural light in the entrance hall and it’s feedback like this that opens our minds up to new ways of thinking. We’re already considering ways in which we can offer this through our designs.