Buy­ing off-plan could de­liver the home of your dreams

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ex­pen­sive – sur­prises. Add to that the abil­ity to cre­ate an in­te­rior tai­lor made to suit your life­style, colour pal­ette and equip­ment spec­i­fi­ca­tion and you’ve got a recipe for success.

Even af­flu­ent and suc­cess­ful buy­ers and sellers rarely have the means, abil­ity, time or some­times the in­cli­na­tion to find the per­fect plot, com­mis­sion a fully be­spoke mod­ern man­sion and cope with the in­evitable cost and over­run build­ing frus­tra­tions on their own. We’ve all seen Grand De­signs.

Buy­ing off-plan brings the op­por­tu­nity to have a cus­tom­made de­signer in­te­rior within reach of those with­out the deep pock­ets of mil­lion­aires.

The right de­vel­oper and agent can of­fer ex­clu­sive ar­chi­tec­ture and a tai­lor-made in­te­rior which is sim­ply miss­ing from an offthe-shelf new build – how­ever pres­ti­gious.

From state-of-the-art de­sign prop­er­ties to ex­clu­sive and se­cure small-scale en­claves, buy­ing off-plan can give you ac­cess to ex­cit­ing mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture at one with the en­vi­ron­ment.

Whether you would pre­fer a wet room or steam room in­stead of an en-suite bath­room; an un­der­ground swim­ming pool in­stead of a garage; Miele or Gagge­nau ap­pli­ances in your kitchen – get in early and the choice is yours, along with the op­por­tu­nity to put your per­sonal stamp on your new home.

Would you like crys­tal chan­de­liers or in­vis­i­ble mood light­ing? Mar­ble or gran­ite floor­ing for your hall­way? An in­di­vid­u­ally de­signed fur­ni­ture package or a built-in panic room? All this and more can be yours. You can even choose how you would like to land­scape the gar­dens.

High-end de­vel­op­ers are cre­at­ing ex­cit­ing homes at some of the most de­sir­able lo­ca­tions through­out York­shire and we’re cer­tainly see­ing more in­stances of cus­tomers buy­ing off-plan at de­vel­op­ments through­out the re­gion. Some re­cent ex­am­ples in­clude:

Four ex­clu­sive homes with large gar­dens and stun­ning views are be­ing built in the heart of Linton vil­lage, The Acres is set in a pri­vate po­si­tion and the site ex­tends to more than 2½ acres

Or­chid Wood is a devel­op­ment of two stun­ningly de­signed prop­er­ties nes­tled in the his­toric con­ser­va­tion area of Cragg Wood, Raw­don. The site has a rich his­tory and some of the most beau­ti­ful or­chids from around the world were grown there. The new split-level prop­er­ties take ad­van­tage of the site’s to­pog­ra­phy to blend into the land­scape

De­lamere Gar­dens, Fixby, Hud­der­s­field is an en­clave of 13 in­di­vid­u­ally de­signed homes. Lay­outs are tai­lored to mod­ern fam­ily life­styles and with in­di­vid­ual in­te­rior de­sign features. One house which is just been com­pleted has been de­signed around the buyer’s per­sonal re­quire­ments. Cus­tomi­sa­tion for an­other buyer in­cluded adding a home cin­ema and a sec­ond-floor bal­cony, while be­spoke fur­ni­ture is a pop­u­lar op­tion.

It is im­por­tant to do your home­work when buy­ing off-plan. Your es­tate agent can pro­vide all of the rel­e­vant off-plan mar­ket­ing ma­te­rial and you should al­ways visit the ac­tual devel­op­ment plot to check out where key features such as roads are in re­la­tion to your prop­erty’s lo­ca­tion, as well as your views and out­look. If you aren’t fa­mil­iar with the de­vel­oper, speak with your agent, ask to in­spect homes they have built pre­vi­ously be­fore com­mit­ting your­self.

Tony Wright is a part­ner and head of res­i­den­tial at Carter Jonas, Har­ro­gate, www. carter­

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