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Lords Moor Lane, Strensall

The Village, Stockton-on- Forest

Unfinished bedroom at The Village, Stockton-on- Forest

The Fold, Appleton Roebuck



Trio of homes show off architects’ work

8:00am Thursday 6th December 2012

Brian Page looks at an interesting and varied trio of independently-built new homes.

AN interesting trio of properties this week – all of them featuring different builders and all of them in different states of development.

There’s a property that’s virtually finished, a house that’s almost completed – and a project that needs just a little extra help to make it a home.

We’ll start with The Fold, a superlooking detached home in Villa Farm Way in the popular – and very pleasant – village of Appleton Roebuck (so popular that you rarely see new homes for sale here).

Designed by local architect David Chapman, the building work is being carried out by craftsman builder Gerald Smith – which seems to make for a winning combination.

The Fold is one of just four properties, two conversions and a pair of executive new-builds, in a smart, tucked-away spot.

There are a number of wow factors here, including a main sitting room which has dualaspect views from windows to two sides, bi-folding doors opening to a rear garden and a feature multi-fuel stove. There is a study/playroom on this floor and a formal dining room.

The other wow factor in our opinion is the brilliant open-plan kitchen/family room with bespoke fitted units and built-in appliances and again with bi-folding doors out to the garden.

A ground-floor cloakroom completes the downstairs.

Up the apples and pears you find a master bedroom with en-suite shower room and walk-in wardrobe and three further double bedrooms and a house bathroom. Cleverly, the architect has designed the house to create the possibility of a second-floor extension to provide further space in the spacious loft.

A rear garden, garage and ample parking space complete the package, for which the selling agents R M English are seeking £495,000.

Interested parties can contact the agents on 01904 697900.

Next, an equally stylish and stunning property, in the shape of a newbuild nearing completion in Lords Moor Lane, Strensall.

It’s hard to imagine now, as winter closes its icy grip, but this is a beautifully bright and sunny house (we know because we took an unauthorised peek around just after building had started). In fact the house has the sort of sunny façade that makes you smile in anticipation of spring.

Heathfield, as the home will be called, has been completely rebuilt on a sizeable plot where a bungalow once stood. Out with the old and in with the new, Nick Squire, the man behind the project, has created a superb, individual and eye-catching home on the spacious plot.

The ground floor has been designed to make the most of light and space – and to give maximum benefit from the south-west facing garden. There is plenty of living space here, with a huge open-plan kitchen/dining room (with separate utility off), a study and a family room and a delightful lounge with tall windows and French doors out onto the garden.

Indeed, again making the most of all that sunshine Nick has also built folding doors into the design of the kitchen/dining room. Plenty of room upstairs, too, where there are four bedrooms, two of them with en-suite shower rooms, and a house bathroom.

Sitting in a plot running to a third of an acre and with generous gardens to front and rear, a deep driveway and a garage, this is a superblycrafted package. Selling agents Your Move Anscombs are seeking £695,000.

And now for something completely different... “A property with plenty of potential,” is a phrase from the estate agents’ lexicon, but in this case it absolutely honestly describes what is, in our view at least, a wonderful opportunity in the shape of a part-built family home in The Village, Stockton-on-Forest.

Were we able to knock a nail in straight without causing damage to both body and building we would definitely be leading the charge for this one...

There is not actually that much to be done to finish off the project, a well-designed, spacious and light and airy house. “Sure to appeal to builders, investors and developers,”

say selling agents Stephensons.

We would add a fourth category...

someone looking for a fantastic family house by spending a little extra on top of the (very reasonable) asking price.

What do you get for your money?

On the ground floor we have a big dining kitchen with utility room off and a door to an inner hallway off which in turn there is a study and ground-floor cloaks and then a spacious sitting room. All of the rooms on this floor have French doors opening onto a garden area.

Upstairs there is a mirrored layout with a large master bedroom with en-suite shower room, a second bedroom with en-suite shower room and two further bedrooms and a study area. There is a double garage and a large outbuilding with light and power and a small rear garden with views over open countryside.

And, if you fancy taking on the finishing job, there is a static caravan on site available with a separate negotiation. As we say, if were not DIY incompetent, we’d be in the queue. Interested parties should contact Stephensons, telephone 01904 625533, with offers in the region of £299,995.



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