If you’d love to create a house to exactly suit your lifestyle but worry about the stress and uncertainty of embarking on a self-build project, Fernham Bespoke Homes has the answer. At its newest development in the village of Linton near Maidstone, two large plots are available for total interior customisation, offering the freedom of a bespoke build without the hassle of undertaking any project management.

Launching this weekend (1st August 2020) Fernham’s Hillside Park development is a collection of 13 luxurious four- and five-bedroom detached homes on generously sized plots, set in 15 acres of quiet countryside overlooking The Weald of Kent. There’s a railway station less than four miles away offering services to London Bridge in under an hour, making it ideal for those wanting to escape from the city to a more peaceful way of life.

The two fully bespoke homes are Chestnut House, set on 0.3 acres of land, and Sycamore House on a quarter of an acre plot. The attractive outside elevations of the homes have been designed with local Kentish ragstone, weatherboarding, brick and render details, but inside is a blank canvas waiting for a buyer to shape the design to their needs.

Property Consultant Sue Taylor is an experienced bespoke-builder who has been working on the project with Fernham Homes. “Buying a bespoke property gives the prospective home owner the opportunity to work with the developer to take on the design and construction of their new home,” she explains. “Although the external elevations are a fixed design, the scope for personalising the home is completely flexible including deciding how many bedrooms and bathrooms are required and how the living spaces are best designed for your personal use.” These properties could accommodate up to five bedrooms within their footprint, if that is what is required – equally, if the buyer is a downsizer and just wants a few large rooms with an abundance of storage, this too could be accommodated.

A buyer who has struggled working from home during lockdown might decide to prioritise having a large home office, or for a family where someone has a disability, a downstairs bathroom and bedroom could be created with space for a hoist. Multi-generational families could easily divide up the floorspace into areas that could be self-contained when desired, and families with children could make sure space was divided up fairly rather than the youngest ending up in the tiny box room.

Lynne Smith, Director of Sales and Marketing at Fernham Homes, explains: “Families are all different and use space in different ways – some like to spend time all together in a big open-plan space while others prefer to have a variety of different rooms to retreat to. Some buyers might like an enormous master suite with dressing room and en suite, others would prefer to spread the space more evenly across the bedrooms. Our bespoke homes offer not only the opportunity to customise the look and style of the kitchen, bathrooms and finishes, but to decide on the fundamental way the home is organised to create something that’s as unique as your family itself.”

Buying a bespoke home is a slightly different process to a regular house purchase – but that’s an advantage when it comes to Stamp Duty. The transaction is divided into two parts, with half of the purchase price covering the cost of the land (on which Stamp Duty is payable), and the second half of the cost going to main contractor A B Canham in staged payments to cover the build, which is not subject to any Stamp Duty. The standard Platinum Specification includes a wide range of options, but additional upgrades, such as an orangery or playroom above the garage (subject to further planning permission), would be at an additional cost, agreed from the outset.

Fernham Homes has teamed up with specialist finance company BuildStore, one of the country’s leading mortgage providers for custom/bespoke-built homes. Tom McSherry, National Relationship Manager, says:

“Just as custom-build projects are all different, so are buyers’ mortgage requirements. We have created a range of exclusive mortgages to suit the specific needs of bespoke builders, with exclusive products from around 16 building societies, which true to their roots are keen to help you create your dream home. With a custom build mortgage from BuildStore, you can borrow up to 95% of the cost of your plot and up to 95% of the cost of your build. These higher percentages make it possible to stay in your current home, while your new home takes shape, so you can avoid the upheaval and expense of moving into temporary accommodation.”

Rapidly growing regional housebuilder Fernham Home has more than 60 years’ experience in building quality properties – so buyers can be confident that they are in safe hands. Sue Taylor adds: “Bespoke home build offers the opportunity to use our expertise to create the home of your dreams without having to worry about the organisational burden or spiraling budgets – let your dream become a reality – your vision, our expertise.”

Sales at Hillside Park open on 1 August, with prices expected to range from £890,000 for a bespoke four-bedroom home, to £1,130,000 for a bespoke five-bedroom home.