Summer’s Interior Design Trends According to Pinterest

With summer well on its way, the interior design industry is bursting with fresh ideas and inspiration. When it comes to trends, magazines and trusty experts have traditionally paved the way in revealing what’s hot. However, we’re seeing a massive rise in the influence of digital platforms such as blogs, email newsletters and perhaps the most important source of all: Pinterest. Here at CB Homes, we’ve been loving Pinterest to creatively present both our own interiors and trends from other sources. It’s exciting to connect with like-minded people and companies who have one common interest: interior design. In today’s blog post, we thought we’d put our knowledge to the test and reveal the biggest trends you’ll be seeing this summer. Because as always, a change in season is always the best time to spruce up your home and furnishings.

What’s hot on Pinterest?

We’ve taken to our favourite creative platform to round up all the best inspiration, tips and tricks when it comes to decorating your home this summer. However, we’ve also had a little peek at some of the biggest fashion and design magazines too because, well, what better excuse? So here’s what you should be considering if you want to up your style game at home:

Fringing and detailing

Image credit: Livingroomideas.eu (left), Anthropologie (right)

You’ll notice a common theme within this blog post and this is a great place to start. Minimal, clean lines are out. Detailing and texture is in! Fringing and tassels are going to be absolutely everywhere this summer. Look out for cushions, throws and lampshades particularly. It’s also worth noting that these types of textures are more effective in a variety of colours so don’t be afraid to clash a little. Anthropologie, Monsoon and Oliver Bonas are great retailers to start with if you want to achieve that rich, detailed bohemian but classy aesthetic.

Terrazzo and geometric tiles

Image credit: Heju.fr (right)

Now, this may come as a shock to those of you who remember this speckled, colourful material from the 70s. Well, that’s when it really reached its popularity peak but terrazzo has been around for centuries. The classic Italian flooring pattern was first created to use up old marble but it’s now a huge style statement. We’re not talking the dingy 1970 office style but a refreshed, modernised version. And you don’t just have to use terrazzo on the floor – wall tiles and table tops are becoming increasingly popular.

Bold, dark hues over light shades

Last summer, it was all about pastels. However, things have taken a sharp turn this year. We’re rebelling in colour; it’s time for bold hues to shine. We’re seeing a lot of dark greens and blues covering feature walls in Pinterest’s most stylish homes. Alongside this, furniture and statement pieces are seen in vibrant yellows and reds. In the picture above, you’ll see a navy wall with a dusky pink bed cover. This is a great, safe way to experiment with bolder colours if you’re not ready to completely commit yet. Essentially, the Pinterest users and interior designers of the world want you to go bold this summer. And we’re all for it!

Tropical and botanical prints

Image credit: Happy Interior Blog (left), Barker and Stonehouse (right)

Now, we all know that houseplants have been hot on the style radar for some time now. Whether you’re into succulents or spider plants, this interior craze has really taken Pinterest by storm. We’re seeing more and more indoor greenery than ever and now the trend has seeped into every aspect of our home. It’s time to show your love for plants and flowers in more ways than one. This summer, you’ll see bedding, blankets, wallpaper and even artwork all designed with one thing in mind: plants. From exotic tropicals right through to classic botanicals, there’s no limit with how you can style up this trend.

For everyday inspiration?

We understand that Pinterest and style magazines can often offer a far-fetched version of what the average home actually looks like. But there’s nothing stopping you from achieving these looks in your own way! The above trends can be used as sparingly or as full-on as you like. Why not start to introduce subtle accessories and smaller pieces before fully committing? And if you’d like some more everyday inspiration that can be used as a starting point for your home, be sure to check out the Inspirations section on our website.

Spotlight On: Tilstock – Things to Do & See

Here at CB Homes, we place a pretty big emphasis on location when undertaking our housing development projects. Today, we’d like to take a closer look at one of these developments and its location in particular. The Pastures is a development located in the tranquil setting of Tilstock, just south of Whitchurch town. We have 11 bespoke, beautifully-crafted houses at The Pastures ranging from 2 to 4 bedrooms (see the end of this blog post for any remaining available plots). The North Shropshire village is perfect for those looking to settle into a quieter, slow-paced life – but that doesn’t mean there’s any shortage of things to do!

What’s going on in Tilstock?

As Tilstock is in such a rural setting, you can probably guess that nature and wildlife is one of its key attractions. There are plenty of walking and cycling routes to enjoy if you like to get out and about. The #GetOutside campaign by Ordnance Survey has a dedicated page to Tilstock on their website. Here, you can browse the village’s coordinates and recommended routes completed by OS Maps users. The routes and trails are detailed with length in km and difficulty (leisurely, moderate, energetic).

The Horseshoes Inn

If you move to Tilstock, you’ll soon become familiar with the Horseshoes Inn. This quaint family pub is located on Wem Road – less than a ten-minute walk from The Pastures. Horseshoes Inn is a welcoming pub serving real ales, it’s also dog-friendly and suitable for any walkers who might need a little refresher. Regular quiz nights are hosted here so if you like to test your general knowledge, keep your eye out!

Brown Moss Nature Reserve

Just a ten-minute drive from the village is Brown Moss Nature Reserve. This primaeval reserve is as flat as it comes with pools, mosses and peat. For budding geologists and nature-lovers alike, Brown Moss is a fantastic place to visit. There’s plenty of parking and a great walking route to take you around the entirety of the reserve. The BBC even covered Brown Moss in their Nature Features, so it must be worth a visit!

Skydive Tilstock

For the braver souls among us, Skydive Tilstock is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience! Of course, it’s not going to be your average Saturday activity (unless you decide to take it up as a hobby!) but we think it’s perfect for anyone who visits you from out of town. There’s plenty of information about Skydive Tilstock on their website, where you can find out what’s on offer.

Alderford Lake

Maybe skydiving isn’t for everyone… but we think Alderford Lake might be. This beautiful site has something for all the family – from walking to wild water swimming! If you’re a bit of a water baby, there’s no end to the activities for you in the water. You’re welcome to bring your canoes or kayaks or simply have a swim. Of course, you can take in the sights with a wildlife walk and have a well-deserved refresher in the cafe. They serve all sorts using local ingredients – including afternoon tea! Check out the Alderford website here for more information and handy details.

Nearby market town of Whitchurch

If you fancy a little more buzz, the busy market town of Whitchurch is only a ten-minute drive away. Whilst village life is lovely and peaceful, sometimes we need a little more entertainment! There is an abundance of shops in Whitchurch, including all your favourite supermarkets for when you need to stock up. You could easily spend a whole day exploring the independent shops and foodie spots!

Fancy living here?

We currently have one plot left at The Pastures development. The Drayton is a stunning four bedroom detached home with a double garage, fitted quality kitchen and open plan kitchen. For more information on this beautiful Tilstock home, visit its dedicated page on our website here.

The CB Homes’ Guide to Moving House: Our Handy Tips

So you’ve paid your deposit, the contracts have been exchanged and the keys are handed over. Now, it’s time to get moving. The whole process of moving house can be an arduous one but it’s also very exciting! If you plan ahead and get organised, you can greatly reduce any impending stress. Keep reading for our top tips and tricks for moving.

Ask around for materials you can use

You’re going to need boxes. And lots of them. When you’ve got your moving date, start asking around for the items you’ll need. Local supermarkets and shops are always throwing out spare cardboard so it’s worth investigating. You’ve got enough costs on your plate – never mind adding to them with boxes you’ll use once! Stock up on tape and marker pens, too. It’s handy to be organised; mark your boxes with either the room they’re designated to or what the contents are.

Be savvy with your time and ruthless with your ‘stuff’

Don’t leave it all until the last minute. Of course, this may seem obvious, but with so many things to do in the run-up to moving day, you’ll need to manage your time well. Start a few weeks in advance, slowly boxing up items you don’t use often along with decorative pieces and seasonal clothing. Your collection of books, DVDs, fancy cooking equipment and your holiday accessories are unlikely to be a necessity during this stressful period of time. Save yourself the hassle and box them up early on, making sure to declutter anything you don’t really want anymore. Remember, whatever you pack up, you’ll have to unpack. If it’s really not got any value or purpose in your life anymore, take it to the charity shop or throw it away!

Work your way around the home sensibly

Let’s be real. There’s no point in packing up your microwave, kettle and work clothes as soon as you’ve had your offer accepted. Start by boxing up things you don’t use very often, as we mentioned earlier. Our advice would be to tackle the garage or garden shed first. Then, you can move onto the spare bedroom, the study, the loft… the list goes on. If you really don’t have any rooms that can be completely cleared out until the last minute, try emptying them slowly by only keeping out necessities that you can’t live without. For example, you can’t pack your toothbrush and hairdryer first but you’re not likely to need the collection of perfume and nail varnishes in the cupboard.

Put together a ‘first-night’ essentials box

If you’ve not already thought of this, you can thank us later! With all the excitement of settling into your new home, it’s not uncommon to have a last-minute panic. “We’ve got no tea bags!” “Did someone get milk?” “I’ve packed my toothpaste somewhere and can’t find it!” We’ve all heard these types of complaints on the first night in a new house. But creating a designated ‘first-night’ box will solve all your problems. Here’s what we recommend putting in:

  • Disposable cutlery and plates
  • Everyone’s favourite mug
  • Tea-making stuff and milk
  • Phone chargers
  •  Bin bags
  •   Toilet roll
  • Pet food and bowl
  • Scissors/penknife for unpacking
  •  Change of clothes for everyone
  • Towels
  •   Mini toiletries including toothbrush and toothpaste!

Of course, these are just the basics. It’s up to you how much or little you pack for your first night in the new home… but one thing’s certain: no-one will judge you for eating chips surrounded by boxes. Happy new home!

4 Advantages of Buying a New-Build

When buying a new home, whether it’s for the first time or you’re a seasoned property-ladder climber, exciting times lie ahead. Where do you see yourself living? Are you extending the family? Or are you looking for somewhere to retire? Either way, there are many questions to be asked and answered. One of the most important questions is this: will you be buying a new-build home or a previously lived-in property? Of course, there are benefits and problems with both, as with anything in life. But today, we want to discuss some of the key advantages to buying a new-build.

Here at CB Homes, we specialise in self-builds (turn-key service included!) and brand new housing developments. So, we may be a little biased in our preference to new builds. However, we aren’t ‘bulk builders’; we take exquisite care in designing and building our bespoke developments and always put quality first. Of course, buying an older home can be rewarding but if you’re confused about which route to go down, we can offer our advice. So, let’s discuss some of the greatest advantages to buying new-build!

Why buy a newly built home? Here are some reasons

1.No chain

Perhaps one of the most annoying parts of moving home is the dreaded ‘chain’. This refers to the chain of homeowners who are waiting to either move into your old home or move out of your new home. And of course, there’s not always a guarantee of how long this chain might be or how long it will last. However, buying a new-build home from a reputable builder means no chain. Hurrah! That said, you should consider the build time if your chosen property has not yet been completed. But once it is ready for you to move in, you won’t be waiting around for other people and their lawyers.

2. A clean slate

If you take pride in your property’s appearance, a new home is much easier to customise to your own personal preferences and tastes. Although an older property can have character, it can sometimes be slightly tarnished by the existing owner’s taste. A new-build can often be designed with your preferences in mind too, such as the kitchen tiles and carpets. But even if you miss out on choosing your own detailing, new-builds are usually built to a neutral colour scheme with simple, modern fittings to appeal to a wider audience. So, you’ll be able to start making it your own without worrying about a tasteless wallpaper or questionable carpet!

3. Energy efficiency

It’s common knowledge that new builds tend to be much more energy efficient than older homes. Modern builds come with all the top features: double glazing, cavity walls and improved insulation to name a few. And of course, we all know what comes with better energy efficiency… reduced utility bills! Builders are held to much higher standards than they previously were, so it’s important to gain that impressive energy performance certificate and give new homeowners peace of mind.

4. Easier to maintain

Although snagging lists can sometimes put people off buying new-builds, they often forget the long-term implications of an older property. Your builder has a responsibility to ensure that your brand new property is up to scratch; these types of homes typically come with a 10-year warranty provided by the NHBC. Once any snags have been fixed, it’s likely that your new build will be much easier to maintain and less in need of repairs than an older property. Think of it as buying a brand new car… and compare that to buying a 10-year old car!

Why buy from CB Homes

So, we’ve outlined the general reasons to consider a newly built home. However, we think that compared to a lot of builders, we stand out from the rest. Here are our favourite reasons you should consider buying a new-build with us:

  • We’ve received awards from the Federation of Master Builders, the National House Building Council and the Local Authority Building Control.
  • We put our customers first – you’ll deal with the same small team from start to finish of your buying process.
  • Our dedicated Site Managers ensure that your move-in day is as smooth as possible and you can settle into your new home in the best possible way.
  • We have a dedicated Snagging Team and Aftersales Team who will continue to be there for you long after your move-in day!
  • The environment is important to us: we aim to retain, reclaim and recycle as much material as we can during our building processes.
  • Since 1981, we’ve been building award-winning homes – but we always avoid the ‘identical rabbit hutch’ look that new builds are often criticized for. Each of our developments is distinctly unique and charming.

Freehold vs. Leasehold: It’s Important to Know the Difference

You may think that when choosing to move to a new home there are just two things to worry about: will you buy or will you rent? However, this isn’t the case. When it comes to buying, there are two types of contract to be aware of: freehold and leasehold. Although this may be common knowledge to some of you, many people still aren’t aware of the real implications of each type of property ownership.

What is freehold?

Essentially, a freehold house is what you are likely to imagine when you buy your first home. It is entirely your property; you own the land and you are responsible for all maintenance. Aside from planning permission from the council for certain renovations and extensions, you are free to do as you wish with your freehold home. And aside from any mortgage you might have, you won’t pay any ground rent or services charges to an external party.

Once you’ve paid for the house, it’s yours for as long as you wish. Obviously, this is the ideal scenario for those looking to invest in property. And the majority of homes are freehold. However, this isn’t always the case.

Buying a flat

Bear in mind, buying a flat as freehold is virtually impossible. This is due to the shared features of a building of flats – roof, communal garden and so on. You are much more likely to be buying a flat as leasehold – or share of freehold – and you should be aware of the implications.

What is leasehold?

It is important to remember that leasehold is still different to renting in that you actually own the property. However, it’s easy to get confused. Leasehold isn’t the same as freehold as you only own the property for the length of an agreed lease period. The property is still owned by a freeholder, who has leased the property’s ownership out to you. Although many leases last for around 70 years or more, once the lease on your home runs out, the property belongs to the freeholder and not you.

It is not uncommon for popular bulk development builders to sell their houses as leasehold, with the option to buy the freehold. This option will often only be available for a limited amount of time to the owner at a “good price”. However, this “good price” is usually in the thousands and is essentially a hidden cost that can catch out well-intentioned buyers.

The problems with leasehold

Unfortunately, many people are not aware of the implications of leasehold and so are happy to miss out on buying freehold. They are then shocked later on to find that they are hit with ground rent. This is paid annually; the lease normally determines how much is paid and how often. It’s not just the ground rent that is a sneaky hidden cost – freeholders can charge their leaseholders for a variety of reasons from answering letters to allowing pets.

Interesting fact: many years ago, leaseholders were only charged a very small ground rent fee – as little as £1 – and a lot of freeholders wouldn’t even bother collecting it. However, at the start of this century, developers cottoned on to the potential profitability of a leasehold. They started inserting clauses into contracts whereby ground rent was set at a much higher rate, doubling every ten years. Although it may seem like you’ve bought a “virtual freehold” with a 999-year lease, you could soon find ground rent spiralling out of control.

Now, the real problem with leasehold lies here. It is usually required that there be a minimum of 50 years lease remaining at the end of a homeowner’s mortgage term. The leaseholder is then required to renew their lease if the property is unmortgaged or they wish to sell it on. If the lease remains under 70 years, the leaseholder will find great trouble in selling it.

A profitable business

When leasehold properties are first completed on a site, builders can offer the freehold to their leaseholder for a price. Of course, the leaseholders don’t often take up this. The trick is, builders include the freehold ‘offer’ within the contract with a time limit attached. So buyers often don’t realise the importance or even understand the implications. Then, the developer will sell on any freeholds on their complete development to companies for a large sum of money. In the future, when homeowners wish to buy their freehold, these investment companies can offer them out at an even larger amount than they first bought them for. Hence, why this practice is such a profitable (and scandalous) business!

It’s important to be aware of the differences

As we can clearly see, freehold is a much preferable option. You will save yourself any hidden costs and legal implications if you stick to buying the freehold. Generally, there aren’t any advantages of buying leasehold over freehold. It may seem like a convenient option if your ‘dream home’ is a leasehold. However, we recommend holding off and shopping around for a freehold home that will ensure your peace of mind in the future. Here at CB Homes, we sell all of our homes as freehold.

Just last year, it was announced that the government were looking to ban new-build houses being sold as leasehold. However, we still haven’t seen any concrete changes to the law as of yet. This is good news for future buyers who may avoid falling into the trap of leasehold. But what about those who already own leasehold houses? According to The Guardian, nothing can be done until the government introduce laws which force developers “to pay compensation”. Until then, leasehold homeowners continue to be victims in the never-ending cycle of hidden charges and renewal costs.