Work/life balance is perfect for first residents at Little Hollows

Posted 17 October 2016 by Ben Salisbury

The first residents to complete at Countryside's Little Hollows, Rebecca and Sam Hatch wanted a home that separates work from the rest of their life

Rebecca Hatch is one of the 4.2 million people across the UK working from home and according to the TUC, that figure has risen by more than 800,000 since 2005.

Rebecca’s new property purchase will be the first completion on Countryside’s Little Hollows development near the village of Chignal Smealey, Chelmsford.

Looking to upsize from a one bedroom apartment, also in Chelmsford, Rebecca and her husband Sam used the Government’s Help to Buy scheme to purchase a big enough space allowing them to work from home and keep their work and home life separate.

Rebecca, 28, is an account manager at a lighting design company, and her working week consists of client visits primarily, whilst working from home on occasion. Not wanting to leave Chelmsford, Rebecca had originally looked at Countryside’s nearby Beaulieu development, but heard from a family friend that work had begun at Little Hollows, which was in an area better suited to herself and Sam.

Impressed with the quality of the finish, specification and the help of the Countryside team, Rebecca and Sam purchased a four bedroom semi-detached home at Little Hollows.

Rebecca, comments: “We were so pleased once we discovered that the same specification at Beaulieu was going to be used at Little Hollows – that was a big factor when we decided to buy our property.

Chignal Smealy is the perfect location for us, my commuting time hasn’t changed much but I can avoid going through the traffic in the city to get to the train station on those occasions I do travel into London. The specification, great location and plenty of space were exactly what we were looking for.

Rebecca continues: “We have just outgrown our one bedroom apartment and it will be really nice to have a good work space in our home, as Sam also works from home full time. We never would have looked at four bedroom properties if it wasn’t for the Government’s Help to Buy Scheme which gave us an unmissable opportunity to buy the home of our dreams.”

Little Hollows is an exclusive new development of 39 traditional four and five bedroom family houses.  These outstanding homes have been thoughtfully designed and carefully crafted with traditional Essex-style architectural design, including black weather boarding, a first-class specification and the latest trends in modern-day living to suit many buyers and lifestyles. The homes are nestled in the beautiful countryside, less than two and a half miles from Chelmsford city centre.

Rebecca continues: “Going from a small space to a much larger one gives us so much freedom when it comes to decorating ideas and furniture choices. From a practical point of view, the social element of a spacious home is great, we’d love to have people round for dinner and entertain on a regular basis and now we can with all that space! We’ll be able to have a separate study and can close the door after a working day and enjoy our home life without being surrounded by the same work space.”

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