FENAY Bridge couple Francesca and Richard Loughrey have always viewed their homes as the next step up the all-important property ladder.
The couple have bought a few properties in recent years and were looking for their next home with potential when they came across a new development being built in December 2006.
It meant they could put their own stamp on the home as it was being built.
Francesca, 31, explains: "We’d moved houses quite a bit and were looking for somewhere new to invest in that would help us take that next step up the property ladder.
"Our last house was a three bed detached so this time we were looking to move up to a four bedroom home.
"We’d always had modern homes and were looking for a new-build this time. We explored a few areas but the new properties we saw didn’t seem that nice – they were too samey and didn’t have the space we were looking for."
Through their search the couple found a home that ticked all the right boxes on Hanby Close, part of a new development being built in Fenay Bridge.
Francesca, a recruitment consultant, says: "The space that the house had was a real attraction to us, particularly the good size of the back garden which tends to be quite small with new-builds.
"It had a bit more of a traditional look to it and it was nice that the homes surrounding it were all in different styles.
"The house was also in a great location, within walking distance of a lovely pub and the corner shop and right next to open countryside."
The couple had looked at another home being built in the area, but it was too early in the planning stages for them.
The house on Hanby Close was the perfect choice because it was nearly ready for them to move into but they were still able to choose their own finishing touches, like the swish modern kitchen.
Francesca says: "We were quite excited and kept going back to have a look while the house was being finished.
"We were glad that there was no work to do and we could just move in and start enjoying living there.
"But at the same time it was a blank canvas and we were able to easily put our own mark on it."
The couple knew they would spend a lot of time in the sociable kitchen, so were keen that it would have a great cool and contemporary vibe.
They chose glossy white units and had a bar table put in as a place to sit and enjoy a coffee as they talk about their busy days.
Francesca and IT worker Richard wanted to put their own style stamp on their home and were particularly keen that the dining space had a warm and inviting feel.
There they went for a sumptuous feature wall in plum with coordinating sweeping curtains and chandelier-style lighting.
Francesca said: "The rest of the rooms were kept fairly neutral but I wanted the dining room to be a place we could really enjoy sitting on a night.
"I love the colour and have used splashes of it in other rooms of the house. It gives it a really cosy, sumptuous feel."
The couple have matched the stylish interior of their home with modern furnishings sourced locally, including hand-crafted oak furniture and a classic Chesterfield sofa which makes a real style statement in the living room.
The couple are now looking for their next step up the property rung, but hope to stay in the area they have fallen in love with – despite a few initial reservations.
Francesca says: "I was originally from Yorkshire but was not sure about coming to the Huddersfield because I always thought of it as a bit of a mill town.
"But I was really pleasantly surprised at how much all the buildings and everything had changed and loved the countryside.
"Being a part of this development has also been lovely as we have watched it grow and everything surrounding it, like the trees, mature. It’s a ideal place to be."
Hanby Close, Fenay Bridge, is on the market with Bramleys estate agents.
For more information call 01484 530361.
l Price £250,000
l Four-bedroomed detached property
l Located on a popular development
l Immaculately presented with a modern fitted kitchen
l Easy motorway access and near to Huddersfield town centre.