Design and Technical Director Rachel Davies, an Eastleigh resident, describes how creating Church Heights has been a labour of love. Because our employees live in the picturesque areas in which we build, we feel that we have a fundamental obligation to not only build beautiful homes, but enhance the place we call ‘home’.
Because our employees live in the picturesque areas in which we build, we feel that we have a fundamental obligation to not only build beautiful homes, but enhance the place we call ‘home’ for me, nowhere was this more so than at Church Heights – Church Road being on my cherished weekend walk. I love the serenity as I walk up from Eastleigh through the water meadows and woods; it gives me great joy to know that the new homes along my route will be Bargate homes.
Privately secluded by trees, the development is buffered from the road by a community open space. This is a small and exclusive development of just 27 homes.
At Bargate, we care about how our developments complement and enhance their surroundings. The streets and driveways are designed to be block paved, reflecting the rural nature of the locale. The blocks will be laid in a variety of patterns and colours to break up the street. The mature landscaping has many native tree species to support local wildlife and we’ve included a badger foraging corridor and nesting features for birds and bats.
Estate railings will be added to front gardens, with hedges, to provide attractive, secure spaces. Footpath links have even been created to meet the path I tread weekly!
I’m proud to say that the homes include rustic cottage details – brick corbels, bonnet hips, scalloped lead flashing, rafter feet, painted timber and oak porches, cottage-style front doors painted in lovely neutrals and earth tones, plus clay tiles – to name but a few! We also vary the façades of the homes to add individuality, with different elevational finishes of brick, render or hung tiles. It’s these details which greatly enhance the homes’ kerb appeal.
Although the properties at Church Heights have a traditional appearance, internally they are designed for contemporary lifestyles, to optimise the enjoyment of living in this wooded enclave. For example, our 2 and 3 bedroom semi-detached homes have kitchen/diners with French doors overlooking generous gardens, and every bedroom fits a double bed.
The luxurious 4 bedroom Jonquil enjoys a large garden, driveway and double garage, along with a dressing room and en-suite to its spacious master bedroom. The kitchen/diner has a vaulted singlestorey element, with skylights allowing light to flood into the dining area.
Typical of Bargate, there’s been so much thought gone into this – it’s a privilege to enjoy such a scenic walk… and an even bigger privilege to design a development to grace it!