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Five minutes with Andy Clarke, Associate Design Director

 A lot of work goes on behind the scenes here at Countryside and this month we’ve been speaking to Andy Clarke from our Design Department to give you a taste of the creative thinking behind our homes…


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Five minutes with Steve Hughes, Associate Director Planning at Countryside

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes here at Countryside and this month we’ve been speaking to Steve Hughes from our planning department to give you a taste of what goes on before we even start on site.


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Do you have a spare room that you don’t know what to do with? Or perhaps the kids have just moved out and you’ve found yourself with extra space?


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With the demand for housing on the rise throughout the UK, younger buyers are an increasingly strong position to kick-start that exciting journey up the property ladder.


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New build homes provide a perfect blank canvas for buyers to create their own personal haven with little or no fuss.

When it comes to new homes, there’s no need to waste precious time and money on transforming someone else’s décor, or even replacing fittings that you hadn’t factored into your budget. Here at Barrowcroft Green we give that little bit extra to ensure that you have a head start on creating your perfect space – from integrated appliances to Quartz kitchen worktops.


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When it comes to selecting a home, community is key. A strong network of friends and neighbours is a defining factor between a house and a home.

Here at Countryside, we believe that all of our homeowners should love the place the live, and we often find that our buyers are already familiar with the local area. For this reason, it’s important to take a step back once in a while to rediscover your hometown and avoid missing out on all the wonderful characteristics your town has to offer.


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There are a number of factors that go into deciding on whether or not to buy a house – how many bedrooms? Is there a garden? How do the local schools rate? But what about the relationship that we could potentially have with our neighbours…

Last month, we surveyed the region’s homeowners to discover how well we really know our neighbours. Whilst we’re pleased to say that the majority of people living in houses are friendly with those living next door, only 2% would describe their neighbours as ‘friends’.


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The housing market is looking strong for 2016, with more and more renters hoping to take those exciting first steps towards home ownership. In fact, Rightmove.com has reported record web traffic over the Christmas and New Year period for both sales and lettings!

For many, purchasing their first home is on the top of their New Year’s resolutions list and, with the aid of Help-to-Buy, new build homes have become a very affordable option. However, the government-backed scheme is only one element to consider when purchasing a first home. Why? Because lenders have their own criteria to adhere to when it comes to mortgage applications.


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Celebrate the New Year in style with a mini makeover for your home! Staying on top of the latest interior trends can be both easy and affordable with just a few simple changes. Clearing out the clutter and updating your cushions can go a long way in making your home feel brand new again.

To help you revive your home for the new season, we’ve pulled together the top three trends to look out for in 2016.


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