The old adage ‘never judge a book by its cover’ is true in so many cases...but never when it comes to homes. ‘Kerb appeal’ has become one of the latest buzz phrases in the housing industry and for us at Bargate it defines our designs. The process of buying and selling a home no longer starts the moment a customer steps through the front door. In many cases buyers have already made up their minds either from viewing the property online or having an immediate reaction to outside of the property. Commercial Director Mark White said: “As well as making sure the architecture of the development is sympathetic to its setting, we also pay attention to the choice of materials we use. At our contemporary Parkwood development in Winchester, for example, we used a blend of zinc and timber fascias to create a modern look in an area which was surrounded by trees. “For Gainsborough Chase, in the quintessentially English village of Barton Stacey, the approach was very different.  This is a much more rural, traditional development where it was appropriate to use different coloured weathered brick and sweeping, gated, gravel drives. “These bespoke touches may seem small, but they can really make a huge difference to how people see our developments.” To view our Gainsborough Chase development, click here.