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Discover the Story Difference: Our Home of the Year 2018

For the first time, we are pleased to announce that our Home of the Year is the four-bedroom detached Taunton.

The Taunton has long been one of our most coveted house types across all of our regions. Its popularity with our customers for its external appearance and open, spacious layout made the Taunton the clear choice for Home of the Year 2018.

This house type features four bedrooms, lounge with bay window, light and airy hallway with skylight, and open plan kitchen/dining area spanning the width of the house. The kitchen/dining area is a key feature of the home all year round, but it really comes into its own in the summer with bi-fold doors leading to the paved patio and turfed rear garden, allowing you to bring the outside in and providing a great place for entertaining.

The Taunton provides spacious accommodation that has been designed to offer flexibility for families. By designing a home with four bedrooms, open plan kitchen/dining areas rather than formal dining rooms, large driveways, and a traditional exterior appearance combined with contemporary interiors, we have ensured that the Taunton meets the requirements of a wide variety of buyers.

In addition, aspects such as the turfed gardens and fully integrated kitchens with quality appliances mean that residents can move in without having to carry out any work – this has increasingly been a key consideration among time-poor buyers, who do not wish to redecorate straightaway or have to commission any work before being able to live in the property.


Discover how this Story Home owner has styled our Home of the Year


Story Homes caught up with one of its customers who has made their Taunton their own. Gayle Wray moved into her home two years ago, along with her fiancé Sam and dogs Lola and Milo. Gayle has personalised her home with a classic colour scheme, stylish furnishings, on-trend accessories and an inviting outdoor space.

Story Homes: What first attracted you to the Taunton house type?
Gayle Wray: I loved how light and spacious it feels when you first walk in – especially with the Taunton’s skylight that gives it the wow factor as you enter. The layout of the rooms was ideal, and as there are only two of us I immediately started to plan how I could transform certain spaces.

SH: How have you used the flexible space to your advantage?
GW: The living room is very large with a section that could be used as a dining room. However, as we have a dining table in the kitchen, I decided to turn half of the living room into a cosy TV area, with the other half acting as a more formal seating area when we have guests.

Also, as there are only two of us and we don’t need all four bedrooms, we have turned one into a walk-in wardrobe. This was the final room to be completed and I’m so happy with it.

SH: Which is your favourite room?
GW: The kitchen. We spend a lot of time in there, cooking and working, and the French doors into the garden are great for the dogs and for when we have guests round. I’d also underestimated how much I would appreciate the breakfast bar.

SH: What have you done with your outdoor space?
GW: Our plot has a large garden which is great in the summer and for our dogs. We’ve got outdoor furniture for the paved patio and we’ve recently completed some planting around the edges. We decided on trees that would last and be easy to maintain, and we’ll change the flowers with the seasons.

SH: How have you maximised your storage space?

GW: We transformed the garage into a gym but it still has room for quite a bit of storage. We find the cupboard under the stairs very handy, and by having a wardrobe room it helps to keep everything stored neatly. All the bedrooms are big enough for a wardrobe and drawers too. We were really pleased with how much storage we had in a new-build.


Don’t just imagine yourself in a Story Home, start your Story this summer ...

A Story Home is the perfect space to spend your summer, with a high specification included as standard* featuring spacious living areas, beautifully designed kitchens, and fully turfed gardens with paved patios that are easily reached through bi-fold and French doors.

We have a range of incentives to help you start your #summerstory - whether you are a first time buyer, moving home, downsizing or investing, Story Homes has a range of incentives that can be structured to meet your individual requirements. As well as offering some of the Government’s help schemes, we also offer a number of our own perks.

Story Homes has a range of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes on 22 developments located across Lancashire and Cumbria. Our experienced Sales Executives will talk through your individual circumstances and find the deal which can make your dream home become a reality.


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