Caroline speaks to What House

Caroline, Creative Director, speaks to What House

We include an excerpt of the interview below, however if you would like to read the entire interview you can click here – you will be directed to the What House website.

Please tell us a little about yourself and Skipton Properties

I’m the creative director of Skipton Properties, my family’s business, which I run alongside my sister and father. We started building homes over 30 years ago in 1986 in our home town of Skipton. Since then we have built over 3,000 homes in Yorkshire and Lancashire.

What developments are you currently working on?

At the moment we are working across three developments; in Fence, Lancashire and Silsden and Haworth in West Yorkshire, but have many more planned for 2018.

What do you consider to be the property hotspots of your region and what makes them so special?

Manchester has recently topped the tables for capital growth, as a result our development in Rossendale near Manchester has been hugely popular; we’re extremely excited to start building our second phase of homes here in 2018. We also expect our homes, launching later this year in Haworth, to be received well. The right homes in this area are selling in a matter of days.

What makes the Skipton approach to designing and constructing new homes different from the competition?

Our business model is based on our loyal team of employees. We employ a highly skilled team of craftsman that have worked for us for an average of 15 years. This is unusual in the housebuilding industry but it is an approach that enables us to achieve a high level of quality whilst still building quickly. The work we do contract out is given to a team of contractors who we know and respect. Our plumbing and electrical, for instance, is supplied by my sister’s husband!

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