Environ Communities, an award-winning developer specialising in sustainable development, has launched eight contemporary eco-homes, ‘Keepers Court’, at Kings Hill near West Malling in Kent. Designed to be both low maintenance and also highly sustainable, they are the first eco homes on Kings Hill and bordered by an 150 acre Country Park.
The four and five bedroom properties, designed to an exceptional specification, are contemporary inside and out whilst still reflecting the local Kentish architecture. Designed in four different styles, the homes are light and spacious with glass used throughout; features such as double height entrance halls and cathedral ceilings in the master bedrooms provide a ‘wow’ factor.
The four bedroom homes start from £562,500 and five bedroom homes start from £647,000.
The luxury homes are designed to offer an unusual amount of flexibility with the clever use of pocket doors which allows the living areas to be opened up or divided as the owner chooses, and as family requirements change. Upstairs, there is a large bonus room in the loft, which can be easily accessed by an electric wooden staircase that drops down at the touch of a switch. Velux windows, lighting and electrical sockets are fitted and this space could have many uses.
The gardens and landscaping throughout the scheme are an eye catching feature of Keepers Court. Award- winning landscape gardener Julie Johnson has created easy maintenance ‘fitted’ rear gardens that flow from the house, so they become an extra room in the warmer months. They are attractively landscaped, using plants suitable for the region and climate and include a raised vegetable bed for those owners wanting to grow their own produce. Realistic artificial turf is used, which doesn’t need mowing or maintaining, and means there’s no mud brought into the house by children or pets.
Tony Dowse, Chairman of Environ says: “In everything we do we strive to create happy communities through specific design elements to make our properties pleasant to live in, and to blend in with the surrounds by following the local vernacular. We are particularly pleased we could introduce so many sustainable elements into Keepers Court, which will mean running costs are low. That’s an important consideration with energy costs continuing to rise.”
The houses are highly insulated throughout, as well as being constructed with a special building system that ensures air leakage is reduced to a minimum. Windows are tripled glazed and have exceptionally low U values, far lower than current building regulation requirements.
The heat recovery ventilation system provides a constant supply of fresh air that is warmed via the heat exchanger, whilst removing stale, humid and odorous air, making the homes exceptionally pleasant places in which to live.
The development is near the picturesque town of West Malling, and is part of the Kings Hill community, an attractive and sustainable residential and business neighbourhood developed over the last twenty years on the site of the famous World War II airfield. It is within easy commuting distance of London and is ideally placed for motorways, airports, channel ports and high-speed rail. There is a regular shuttle bus to West Malling railway station, where there is a direct train service to London Victoria with an average journey time of 49 minutes. There are also commuter services that run to London Blackfriars.
The thriving King Hill community has a wide range of properties ensuring a diverse mix of residents from singles to young professionals to families and retirees. It is a safe environment in which to live with green pedestrian routes and traffic slowing roads, and Heath Farm Country Park is on the doorstep with its ancient woodlands, bridleways and rural walks. Eye-catching sculptures, an exceptional level of landscaping to the roads around the luxury properties and generous public green spaces create an environment that is healthy and pleasant to live in.