Northstone offers a unique range of creatively and thoughtfully-designed places and homes that are high-quality, responsibly developed and accessible to many people and families in the North of England. Developing both an exceptional place and well considered home is of equal importance to us. We firmly believe that it's only through having both, that people and communities can truly flourish for generations to come.
We've challenged and elevated traditional property development principles in home building. Our exclusive designs have been informed by our vast experience and the 'wish-list' knowledge we've gained over the years from occupiers and homeowners.
For example, our pedestrian-led developments offer significantly more breathing space between homes than conventional designs, which reduce neighborhood traffic speeds and on-road-parking, increase public spaces, connectivity and community links.
We've introduced more natural light through higher floor-to-ceiling heights and larger energy-efficient windows. We've used flexible open-plan living as standard, allowing easy and affordable layout changes if private spaces are needed in the future. We've provided more integrated storage to help ease the pressures on growing families and maximised internal space by providing good-sized garden stores (called the Hut) instead of under-used garages. We are also including 'Lootilities' in all of our homes (that's a combined utility and loo), to make the most of the space in hallways and under-stairs.
We're equally passionate about developing exceptional places that surround our sustainable homes. That's why our place designs embrace natural land features, focus on reducing traffic speeds for children to play more safely, provide more public spaces and community footpath links.
Northstone prides itself on being responsible. Throughout our designs we've used smart thinking, materials and technology to help reduce the environmental impact of our work, and to protect and benefit it whenever possible.
For example, we intend to use a waste-limiting building specification for our homes and intelligent heating systems, insulation and energy-efficient windows and doors. We aim to benefit communities by using local employment, suppliers and materials as much as we can, and by working with local training and education institutes to recruit from, and support, their apprenticeship schemes.
Our responsible approach extends to ensuring that our homes are accessible to many families to purchase and continue to maintain. Our thermal standards exceed current regulations and could contribute to reduced home energy costs and bills. We're confident that our home designs, together with their quality materials and smart technology will deliver accessible purchase price, and ensure onward running costs remain manageable for homeowners.
Northstone aims to make our places and homes unique to their settings yet, we've carefully ensured our developments can be built at volume, cost-efficiency and sustainability to meet local housing needs as quickly as possible.