One of the key attractions of buying a new home is the facility to customise fitted features and, in their latest development, Barratt Homes have taken it one step further. When house-hunters buy the developers new homes in Cambridgeshire off-plan, they can choose from a range of green extras in the same way they’d select kitchens, bathrooms and other interior details.
Cut-aways have been designed in the 'Nightingale Plus’ showhome in Trumpington Meadows, South Cambridgeshire, to show where the green options are. The showhome includes solar panels, rainwater harvesting, eco-friendly garden features, triple-glazing, sustainable flooring, eco-paint, low energy appliances and an innovative energy-saving ventilation system. There are also display boards to demonstrate how these features work. The properties have high environmental qualities as standard but the added features can help a family save around £1,000 a year on energy bills and reduce their home’s carbon footprint by 50%.
David Eardley, Managing Director for Barratt Eastern Counties, said: "We’re proud to be building sustainable homes in Cambridge and it’s great to have opened the doors to the ‘Nightingale Plus’ Showhome. We look forward to welcoming homebuyers to Trumpington Meadows to show them how our properties are designed to preserve the environment whilst save money. Today has been a great opportunity to showcase the sustainable living options available to the Councilors, who we’ve worked so closely with on the project."
The ‘Nightingale Plus’ is one of a pair of semi-detached townhouses on show at Trumpington Meadows. The first, the ‘Nightingale’ is built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and is conventionally kitted out with showhome furnishings. While next door, the ‘Nightingale Plus’ is also built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, but has been left unfurnished to illustrate the home’s enhanced sustainability upgrade options with their benefits and cost savings.
These features include solar photo rotatic panels, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery, rainwater harvesting, A+ rated energy efficient appliances and outside homebuyers will find raised garden beds and a composter.
Located on Hauxton Road in Trumpington, the range of stylish and contemporary one, two, three, four and five bedroom homes, are within easy reach of the historic university city of Cambridge. The stylish development offers a mix of housing, from starter homes to luxury properties, on the edge of one of the area’s most beautiful country parks.
Prices for the first phase of homes at Trumpington Meadows start at £274,950 for a two-bedroom apartment, £379,950 for a three-bedroom house and £444,950 for a four-bedroom house. For further information call 01223 844 845.