Today’s post is taking a look at a new Miller Homes development, one that surprised me greatly.
As you know I’m a period home owner – we have a 125 year old Victorian semi – and have lived here for 17 years. I have lived in new builds before but am swayed to the older home.
When Miller Homes asked if I’d like to come and tour my nearest development – Augustus Grange in Farnsfield – and find out more about these new builds, I was intrigued.
Could I be turned? Would I be drawn to the newer home and the benefits it has to offer? And how do you put your own stamp on a new build, something that has always bothered me?
Miller Homes in Farnsfield:
Miller Homes has been building homes for 80 years and in that time has learned a thing or two about what its customers want.
Customer service is a key part of the Miller Homes service (I spoke to several very happy new home owners on my visit – not planned – who couldn’t speak highly enough of their experiences). They build trust, frequently win awards and care about the locations where they build their developments.
Let me show you around the Miller Homes show home I visited at Augustus Grange and talk you through some of the features that really stood out.
I thought it would be fun to comment on the rooms and styling to illustrate how I might change things up to make it more mine. One of the reservations I’ve always had about a new build is the lack of personality, but I have to say, I could easily see how I’d put my stamp on it.
Here we go!
The living room in this 4 bed show house was off the left of the hallway, a decent size with patio doors out to the garden. It was very light and bright. Furnished in warm, neutral tones it felt inviting and cosy.
There’s definitely scope here to put the tv to a corner of the room and add a feature fireplace. If not a fireplace then certainly a feature other than the TV as a focus. A great chaise style large sofa would work well too, replacing the smaller sofas and an armchair, allowing the room to open up slightly yet still feel cosy and welcoming.
The dining room was a separate space on the right of the hallway and was beautifully furnished and designed, with enough space for a 6 seat table and a lovely sideboard unit.
Again it was light and bright with plenty of large windows helping the room feel feel spacious and inviting.
This tip is more from personal taste and would depend on how you live as a family, but I would turn this into a kids’ den. There’s room for a dining table in the open plan kitchen area (see below) so if you don’t use a dedicated dining room too often, making it work as a kids’ space would be very useful.
For younger children you can have a play kitchen, book case, small table and chairs and so on, plus bags of storage for their toys. Then for the older kids why not have a TV, gaming station, PC table, music and comfy seating. You could even have a sofa bed for when they all stay over!
In this way you keep your main living room organised and tidy, clear of the kids’ clutter.
The kitchen at the Miller Homes Augustus Grange show home was very large.
Spanning two thirds of the house width, there was bags of space for an L-shaped kitchen and a large table and chairs.
I love this area for a table and chairs and wouldn’t change too much at all about this kitchen space. Perhaps some matt black accessories in the kitchen would work well to update the monochrome look for 2019
And then your own style of dining table and chairs in this area would really make it work for you. Again the use of patio doors and other windows gave a great light into the space.
Upstairs the home had 4 bedrooms, a main bathroom and an en-suite.
The main bedroom and en-suite bathroom was very plush. An impressive room, it had everything you’d need and plenty of built in storage. The en-suite bathroom was a very good size indeed and is such a great addition to the way you live.
In terms of redesign in this space, I think it’s just a case of putting your stamp on it and decorating in a way that appeals to you. Again the space is light and bright so could take darker colours if you wanted to give them a try. Or simply keep it neutral and add more colour through your bedding and accessories.
Again another lovely space, almost roomier than the master bedroom just a different shape. Ideal as a spare room for visitors or for a child’s bedroom.
The ‘L’ shape design on this space meant a there was a good area for wardrobes and built in storage.
A great room for an older child, perhaps with the double bed which could be given to visitors or grand parents when they come visiting.
There’s plenty of room for a desk and more storage and with 3 windows and plenty of natural light, it could easily take some stronger, bolder colours.
The Miller Home third bedroom was again fitted with a double bed and desk, ideal for a child. With cool decor and some interesting accessories this space felt grown up and more sophisticated.
It would be really easy to take the bed down to a single, perfect for a pre-teen, and allow more space for storage and a wardrobe. Of course, the set up in the show room helps us visualise what we could do with the space, but for a family, this room is ideal as the 3rd bedroom for a child.
And finally, the prettiest bedroom here is bedroom 4 of the Miller Homes show house. Styled for a young girl, even thought this is the smallest room there was space for a wardrobe, chest, bed and plenty of toys.
Well, if the other 3 bedrooms are taken up by parents and kids, this would be ideal as the office room. Perfect for a desk and computer plus books and hobby storage. If a parent works from home occasionally, this space is exactly what’s required for concentration and focus.
So, to summarise I was incredibly impressed by the warmth, personality and versatility of the space on offer at Miller Homes. There were many different styles of home on the development in Farnsfield, a great feature I thought, where homes looked individual and varied.
Furthermore, Miller Homes like to build their developments in rural, interesting locations.
Locations like Farnsfield village where there is an established community and set up of thriving facilities. It gives the new home owner a feeling of belonging, of being part of an already bustling area outside of the new home complex. It supports the owner and their family offering a pleasant place to live.
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