What sacrifices would you make to buy your dream home? Last month we surveyed the nation’s house hunters and found that one in four UK couples, under 34, have made the tough decision to move back in with their respective parents while they save for a home deposit. Here at Countryside, we pride ourselves on building spectacular homes with affordable buying initiatives to make homeownership even more attainable.

We’ve been assisting first time buyers onto the property ladder for over 50 years and Help to Buy has stood out as being a game changing initiative that has played a critical role in making home ownership a possibility for a younger generation. At Countryside, it’s not just about starter homes. Our customers are looking for their dream homes, which is why we offer our ‘Spectacular Homes’ initiative as part of our enhanced specification on every home that we build.

One family who has benefitted from the Help to Buy scheme in Merseyside is Joe Edwards (24) and Alisha Mohamad (28), who secured their first home at the revamped NGV Liverpool development following the arrival of their son, Joseph.

Joe said: “In my opinion, Help to Buy is a great initiative for younger buyers like ourselves as it’s helping make homeownership more attainable. With us looking at older homes we were initially aiming for a 10% deposit, so 5% was definitely a welcome surprise!”

Over in the West Midlands, first time buyers Joshua Hall (28) and Stephanie Darcey (26) used the Help to Buy scheme to secure their three bedroom home at Regis Park. The pair have been living separately with their parents whilst saving to buy a place of their own.

Stephanie said: “We’ve known each other since we were teenagers as our grandparents are friends, so this is a big step for us! We agreed that our New Year’s resolution for 2017 would be to buy our first home together and we’ve spent the past year saving.

“We did look at another development in the area first, but the downstairs living area seemed a bit cramped and it just didn’t feel like the right fit for us. After visiting the Countryside show village at Regis Park, the quality of the specification of the homes was apparent. We took one look at the floor plans for the Lymington home and we knew it was for us. We loved everything about the home, especially the spec, and wanted to put our deposit down right away!”

The ‘Spectacular Homes’ initiative has been received fantastically by house hunters in the North West and the West Midlands, as it means that homeowners can get much more for their money. Our popular specification has been carefully crafted based on customer feedback to provide homebuyers with everything they need, plus a little bit more. If bought separately, these home features could cost new homeowners over £4,000! Our specification includes:

  • Five ring gas hob*;
  • Integrated appliances;
  • Double oven*;
  • USB plug sockets;
  • Chrome fittings;
  • LED down lights;
  • Porcelanosa bathroom tiles;
  • Integrated vanity units and mirrors;
  • Separate bath and shower cubicle*;
  • Digital intruder alarm;
  • 8m closed fencing;
  • Fully turfed garden.

We don’t just build properties, we create spaces people love and the high specification of our homes truly stands head and shoulder above other developers in the area.

To learn more on the inclusive extras in our homes, check out our blog on the ‘home features you won’t find elsewhere.’

*Specification may differ slightly on certain house types and developments.