New Homes Reimagined

Skipton Properties are a multi-award-winning developer who create beautiful and distinctive new build homes. Sales, Marketing and Design director of Skipton Properties, Caroline Verity, explains the company’s unique ethos and how she carries this across in specifying their new build kitchen offerings.

‘The heart of the home’ is a phrase we have all heard before, but why did it become popular? As homes have got larger, and with the introduction of open plan living, a kitchen now has many functions. No longer is it a space purely for the preparation and cooking of food for the family, it’s now a space to linger over a glass of wine, help your children with their homework, or if you have room for a cosy nook, put your feet up with a good book whilst you keep one eye on the cooking.

Simplicity and elegance are the defining factors throughout the design of our homes. We have, and continue to build, traditional homes with a contemporary twist, with an emphasis on quality materials, elegant elevational detailing and simple interiors. The architectural aesthetic draws inspiration from the local area; it is our goal to build homes that are sympathetically woven into the community.

Since joining the company, I have slowly honed my attention to detail and I now have a large role in the design of our homes from start to finish. I encourage, wherever possible, greater character in our homes, challenging public perception on what constitutes a new build home. This is how the phrase ‘New Homes. Re-Imagined’ was born.

Our interiors, and in particular the kitchen, are designed in such a way to complement the craftmanship of our homes. I don’t like garish or what I call ‘shiny interiors’ as I feel they detract from our quality build.

We have worked with J Rotherham to put the finishing touches to the heart of the home for many years now, first using the company, as their values, with the family ethos at the heart of the company, align with ours. Their offering continues to grow and I’m particularly excited about their newest range, Aurea Stone, which has been developed to mimic the veining you would see in a natural marble, but without any of the concerns that come with a natural stone re staining. I unfortunately chose real marble for my bathroom vanity in my own home, I regret it to this day!

We include quartz from J Rotherham in the specification in many of our larger homes. Using a quartz worktop in the kitchen is not only functional, it creates a sense of luxury in any kitchen. The durability of quartz is also attractive, as kitchens have become the most used room in the house, they need to be able to cope with high traffic.

With so many quartz variations (and other options to individually style their new home), our customers often find it hard to choose a style which is why we always develop a Show Home. A Show Home inspires and allows our customers to visualise the space.

In our latest Show Home at The Green, Glusburn, the kitchen has been designed with an island and breakfast bar to create a place where the family can causally interact with the family member doing the cooking. As we had chosen a white kitchen door (the kitchen faces north in this home) we wanted to contrast with a more unique tile. We used tapestry tiling from Original Style. To compliment this quirky monochrome colour pallet of the kitchen, we opted for Arabescato, from the Gemini Quartz? range, by J. Rotherham. Retaining the simplicity that we strive for, Arabescato offers a subtle white marble pattern which is both on trend and understated, complimenting the space and tiles.

As the heart of the home, a kitchen needs to feel inviting, we recommend keeping your colour choices simple and adding additional touches through the use of photos (I particularly love a black and white picture wall featuring family memories), stools, and kitchen accessories. A beautiful vase of flowers would also add warmth.

Give the heart of the home the attention it deserves.

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