Strata Homes is a developer committed to building ‘homes’, rather than ‘houses’. At two of the company’s recent luxury developments – Lavish, located in Micklefield, and Esteem, situated in the heart of Dishforth – the developer specified Forticrete walling stone to help deliver the first class performance and aesthetics associated with a Strata Homes property.
Located on the outskirts of Leeds in Mickleford, Lavish is an intimate collection of 53 contemporary four and five bedroom homes, which have been individually designed to provide future homeowners with a blank canvas to express their own style and personality.
The Esteem development, which is situated in the North Yorkshire village of Dishforth, features 72 exclusive two, four and five bedroom homes, ranging from one to three storeys.
All of the properties on the Lavish development have been constructed using Forticrete’s leading Anstone Walling Stone, which has been manufactured in a Buff Pitched finish to deliver a weathered effect.
Over three quarters of the homes at the Esteem development have also been built using the same reconstituted walling stone, which replicates the appearance of Yorkshire’s natural stone.
Forticrete supplied almost 10,000 square metres of Anstone Walling Stone to the sites.
Due to the location of both developments, achieving an authentic exterior was a leading consideration throughout the specification process, to not only ensure the properties were accepted by planning, but to create properties with real kerb appeal, whilst still reflecting the native language of the area.
Constructed of carefully selected blends of locally sourced natural aggregates and pigments, which are combined with sand, cement and stones, Forticrete’s reconstituted walling stone reflects the texture and visual appearance of natural stone, whilst providing a robust and durable exterior that requires minimal ongoing maintenance.
Sara Page, Supply Chain Manager at Strata Homes, said: “At Strata Homes, we have no interest in building ‘units’ and selling them to strangers. Instead, we exist to create a new way of living, a lifestyle that demands more from the everyday. By working in close partnership with the supply chain and our customers, we are able to create homes that inspire people to live better and be part of a community that they can be proud of.
“Forticrete’s walling stone was specified for both our Lavish and Esteem developments as the building material perfectly complements the local areas of Micklefield and Dishforth. By building the properties with reconstituted walling stone, it makes these developments feel like a natural extension of the beautiful areas they are situated in, whilst offering unrivalled cost and sustainability efficiencies.”
Sara concluded: “The quality of Forticrete’s walling stone has enabled us to create a feeling of true luxury and exclusivity, whilst also creating consistency with the neighbouring environment. The aesthetics of the product are second to none, enabling us to reflect the visual appeal of natural stone at a fraction of the price.”