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Luxury Development?

Luxury Development?
Luxury Development?

So Abbotts Walk is marketed as a Luxury Development on the prominent sign at the entrance. Let’s have a look at what that means:

Luxury Bathroom
Luxury Bathroom

Not exactly gone to town with the wall tiles here in the bathroom and ensuites! Moral of the story: make sure you get hold of and check the bathroom drawing detail. It wasn’t available when I asked and wasn’t shown an extras list offering further tiling.

Luxury Kitchen

Here is the amount of usable kitchen worktop in a 3 bed house – 40cm! Also obviously the best place to put your kettle and toaster, right by the sink. There is another 60cm, but it’s by a larder cabinet with a 60cm door that swings right across it 5-10cm above the counter top.

The show home had a similar cabinet but with 2 x 30cm Pantry style doors, so at least some of the remaining worktop would have been usable.

Lesson: Don’t trust the show home, get the drawings (which weren’t available when first asked, and then still didn’t show cabinet door details). Are we seeing a pattern here…

*UPDATE – 18/06/13. Redrow have reviewed the kitchen design and decided to fit a Tambour/RollTop door to the future houses of this type and also retrofit it to our kitchen, which was pleasantly surprising.

Luxury Paving

Hard to see from the photo, but these paving flags all have the same manufactured moulded pattern and orientated the same way so look very ‘fake’ in the flesh. In the site specification they are listed as Buff Riven paving, which is rather non-descript.

Actually they look to be Bradstone’s Peak range of Buff Riven paving, which to quote the manufacturer’s website “Peak is a great base for utility areas or sheds. Not recommended for patios.”

Not very Luxury!