The Starting Point
Twenty or so years ago, the clever answer to what were the three most important things in housing was ‘location, location, and location’. And for many years now we’ve even had a television programme of that name and then ‘Grand Designs’ in which Kevin McCloud has been exploring examples of people either building their own houses from scratch or, even more worryingly, redeveloping an existing house in a very comprehensive way. The consistent theme throughout is that they are ludicrously ill equipped to carry out the task and therefore carry it out very badly, ending up with a house that is way over budget, massively late (these two things are invariably linked), and whilst all profess delight at the finished product, vow never to do it again. The project will have consumed every waking hour of their lives, ruined (or diminished) the quality of almost every relationship they have, and will have undermined their faith in their fellow man.
But why did they take it on in the first place? Is it the same rationale whereby a guy who likes a pint decides to buy a pub, apparently completely oblivious to the fact that in the former you are the consumer (the drinker) whereas in the latter you are the supplier (the landlord). Two very different skill sets we would suggest! Whatever the reason, it does appear that most people are unhappy with the housing product on the market, be it new or second hand, so much so that they decide to take things into their own hands. This suggests that the programme should be retitled ‘Product ,Product, Product’ because very little comment is made about the location in comparison to the huge amount of comment and narrative which is made about the thing, the product, which they are trying to build. It also suggests that the needs of the discerning purchaser are not being met by either the existing housing stock or the new house builder.
At Eskgrove Homes, we aim to put that right by designing a fundamentally excellent home that will meet all your needs and then allowing you to choose from a large range of options to personalise the house both from a performance and aesthetic point of view.