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Michelle and Andrew Skipworth know well what a difference a day or two can make.
The two (and their then two-year-old son, Liam) were due to move into their new Cambridge home days after lockdown.
But their Classic Builders project manager pulled strings and ensured their new home was ready that significant bit earlier … and they moved in on March 25, 2020, spending the first night of lockdown in their lovely new home.
What a difference that made, the couple says. Lockdown obviously meant homebound and how cool was that for this young family? Lockdown was spent unpacking and excitedly dressing their home. Andrew, with his young sidekick, also dedicated days to the landscaping, adding to the overall beauty of the property.
The year 2020 was an interesting one, with lockdown, completing the build of their new home and moving in, and then along came July and Olivia - the Skipworths added a daughter to their family.
“It was a busy year, so we really didn’t need any new-build stress in the mix, and we didn’t have, thanks to the Classic Builders team and subcontractors,” Michelle says.
“The experience was absolutely great. We were so pleased with our project manager and the whole low-stress experience.” she adds.
Selecting Classic Builders to create their second home was a well-researched decision. It was important, Andrew and Michelle say, that the building company they chose really understood what they wanted. They spent time with a few building companies, and Classic Builders came out trumps.
“We wanted a company that would be really genuine and partner with us along the way. We were really up-front about our need to have everything chosen and priced before we signed anything as it was important for us that there were no surprises.
“Classic Builders was totally on board with that. No assumptions were made of us, they just listened and seemed excited to do the build. Everyone we dealt with made us feel like we were doing this together and they were on our side,” a happy Michelle relates.
The result is a design and build project they are “very, very proud” to call home. Spanning about 260m2, the home is clad in black-painted brick with a smooth finish, and dark brown cedar. It features a four-bedroom wing (with bathroom and en suite), an open-plan main living wing and an interconnecting area that’s a family room opening to the outdoors. There’s also excellent indoor-outdoor flow from the main living zone, and a portico feeding off the kitchen area adds wonderful entertainment possibilities. A bi-fold window ensures it’s simple to pass food out from the kitchen to the barbecue area. Smart thinking ensures the double garage includes room for bikes and other toys as well as two vehicles, and Michelle’s fond of her separate laundry with its wet-room vibe. All is as it should be!
These happy home owners are more than happy to recommend Classic Builders.
“When people ask us about our build, the first thing we mention is that the people were awesome – from the salesperson to the design consultant, to the project manager. It felt like a great partnership and everyone we met through the process were lovely, communicative, and obviously good at their jobs.
“We also noted that the Classic Builders team had a really great relationship with their subcontractors. The subcontractors all spoke highly of the company and that came through strongly. We found that encouraging as we felt if they were really happy doing their job, then they were going to do a very good job for us.”
Michelle adds that she’s not sure if this will be their forever home.
“There’s nothing I would want different to what we have built here, so I can’t imagine what a replacement would look like. It’s at least our 10-year home. If we do build house number three then we would definitely look to talk with Classic Builders again.”