Upsizing couple choose Countryside for retirement dream

With two grown up daughters and three growing grandchildren, Paul and Ann knew that buying a smaller property in retirement wasn’t for them. Find out why this couple have shunned the traditional downsizing step and why Countryside proved the perfect fit.

Paul (67) and Ann (59) knew that buying a smaller property in retirement wasn’t for them, thanks to their flourishing extended family. Rather than downsizing, this couple decided to buck the trend and ‘up size’ their home, in order to accommodate their grandchildren, opting for a beautiful four bedroom Countryside home.

Ann explained why they’re breaking the retirement mould: “We were ready for a move but with three grandchildren – including one born in lockdown – it was really important to us that our new home had enough space to host everybody. We wanted all the children to have plenty of room to come and visit and play while they’re here.”

Ann added: “The development is really close to our church and we have lots of friends nearby, so once we’d seen the properties we were sold. We like the style of Countryside houses as well as the layout of the development as a whole. All the homes are different but blend really well together and the plots appear to be very well spaced.”

Ann and Paul found their perfect match in the Stratford FCT – a beautiful, detached, four-bedroom property with two bathrooms, a garage, and two car parking spaces. 

Ann commented: “We’ve looked at several houses over the last couple of years, but it was the layout of Countryside’s homes which really appealed to us. The modern, open plan design is really family friendly and will be perfect for when the grandchildren come to see us.

“We also love the skylight windows which make for a really light and airy home. With those big french doors leading into the garden as well, the kitchen provides that indoor-meets-outdoor feel that we’ve enjoyed previously with a conservatory.”

The Stratford FCT ground floor is finished with a handy WC, understairs storage and a compact utility room with its own entryway. Upstairs the landing leads to four generous bedrooms, including a beautiful master bedroom complete with en-suite and bay window. 

Paul explained why they chose to opt for a new build for their next home: “We decided to purchase a new build this time as they are very economical. We already have a smart metre and are conscious of energy usage. So once we learned how much energy you can save in a Countryside home compared to an older property, it really got us thinking.”

Countryside’s efficiently designed homes come with a number of energy-saving features as standard, from best-in-class boilers to superb insulation and low-energy LED lighting. Features like these mean Countryside’s homes (when compared to a similar sized 1930s property) use 705% less energy and could save you up to £1,723 a year on bills – whilst giving the environment a helping hand too.