Homes to suit modern living

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The way we live and the way we use our space at home is changing, so the Yorkshire division of Bellway has made an effort to encompass the best design for ‘modern day living’ at its latest project in Sheffield.

Bluecoats on Psalter Lane is made up of a mixture of refurbished apartments, new build townhouses, apartments and detached homes, all sitting on the former site of the historic Blue Coat School for boys.

With modern property layouts a prominent factor for home buyers now, Bellway chose to focus on creating the perfect pad with spacious, contemporary design, and use this within its new selection of townhouses on The Square at Bluecoats.

When complete The Square will feature upmarket apartments and townhouses set at the brow of the development in, as the name suggests, a square.

What’s on offer?

Impressive in size and built over three floors, the townhouses have four good sized bedrooms, two reception rooms a kitchen with additional space for family/ guest entertaining and living and dining space.

Overlooking formal gardens to the front and secure gardens to the rear, a large balcony at the front on the first floor also brings the outdoors, in, and is great for use by the whole family.

They also have en-suite facilities, and a garage – two must have facilities for today’s family home.

The making of it all…

Bellway’s in-house architect team, along with Downs Illingworth Partnership (DIP), an award winning firm of architects from Thirsk, worked together to create the perfect modern day family townhouse.

Judy Walkland, an architect from DIP, who worked on the design said:

“The focus of our design ideas for the townhouses was creating flexibility to cater for modern family needs.”

During the planning process there was a very strong focus on the features needed for busy lifestyles and the optimum positioning of the different rooms and spaces to suit this.

“For example the garden room positioned on the ground floor of the houses could be adapted to become an additional bedroom or an office, or the extra space at the back of the living room used as library for a professional couple”, she continued.

A central staircase and drainage system means that the floor plans can also be ‘flipped’ depending upon site orientation and purchaser requirements, which enables the homeowner to select which room benefits from the balcony.

Parking is another important factor to consider with modern living – trying to provide sufficient spaces without cluttering the streets. These were deliberately set back, under the balcony, and drives are wide enough for a second car. Why so airy?

Over the past few years open space has become favoured by many home owners and those looking to buy, as people sacrifice separate rooms for more ‘social’ spaces.

Traditional home layouts and designated rooms appear to be fading out to cater for a more airy, open-space design, and home renovation is seeing ‘through space’ created at home.

“People have realised it’s no fun inviting people over for dinner if you actually find yourself in a separate room for a large part of the time – and it makes sense if you think about it” said Melanie Smith, sales manager for the site.

The new townhouses cater for just that. The kitchen offers a space for people to sit comfortably and enjoy a drink with the host whilst they cook and a large family space next door allows for people to dine in an area room with access to the balcony.

Family focused

The ground floor is dedicated entirely to a range of family facilities – the garage, utility room, garden room opening onto the garden and convenient storage space. This space could also be utilised as a separate floor for a teenager or a granny annexe.

Melanie feels these homes offer the space families need, while incorporating modern design and layout into a home that is priced reasonably. 

“I know what it’s like working with a family - time is precious and it’s important to get the most out of your space at home so that spending time together is a pleasure. That’s why we’ve tried to think of everything, such as a garden room which opens onto the garden – perfect for summer days together – and a study for busy family lifestyles.”

“And considering the history and prominence of the development, the residential demand in the area it’s built in; along with the property proportions, savvy features and design factors, these townhouses represent good value for money.”

Eleven, four bedroomed town houses are available, with all three bedroomed properties already sold. They range in price from £399,995 to £499,995.

Construction is expected to be complete early 2015.

Anyone interested in these new homes and seeing how this modern use of space could suit their lifestyle can visit the Psalter Lane development from 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 5.00pm on a weekend, where they will be able to see what’s on offer and speak to one of Bellway’s sales advisors.

To find out more visit Bellway