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Designers aim to meet our changing needs.

There has always been high demand for good quality family homes regardless of the ups and downs of the property market and the North- East has plenty of choice. But the needs of modern families have changed over the years and builders are constantly changing their designs to reflect this.

Julie Dixon, sales manager for Dunelm Castle Homes says modern families are looking for at least three bedrooms, preferably with a separate study/home office, a large living space and a kitchen/dining area.

She added: "Garages are still important as most families now have two cars whilst gardens are also being used as additional, external entertainment areas so French windows which link the internal space to the garden are important.

"Amenities, especially the number of toilets and bathrooms, are essential with many designs, such as our new Scafell home having four separate toilets. Finally, location is still an important factor but, interestingly, now no longer dominated by proximity to local shops as people use cars to do weekly shopping trips. For family homes, one of the most crucial factors is proximity to good local schools."

Barratt's new Trinity Park development in Northallerton has seen a rush of buyers securing the first release of family-sized homes, taking advantage of the excellent choice of plots and the good range of kitchen and bathroom designs which come with reserving ahead of construction.

Sales negotiator Jennie Milligan said: "Northallerton is a very friendly market town with a good range of local amenities. It is within easy access of the A1 and A19, which makes it ideal for people working in Teesside, Durham and North Yorkshire who want to escape the rat-race and come home at the end of the day to a quieter lifestyle."

Properties available at Trinity Park will include traditional three- and four-bedroom homes and fashionable three- and four-bedroom, three-storey design properties.

The four-bedroom, three-storey Woodcote is priced from pounds 214,995. It features the main bedroom in the roof area and has a dressing room and an en-suite shower room.

On the ground floor the kitchen, which overlooks the front garden, has a breakfast area while the lounge, with its French doors into the back garden, also has space for a dining area. The first floor is the main sleeping area and reflects the traditional townhouse layout with two double bedrooms, a single bedroom and a family bathroom, tel: (01609) 776553.

George Wimpey North:

George Wimpey North has new developments throughout the North- East.

Barley Rise in Ashington is a modern development with an old-fashioned community feel a couple of miles from the town centre. The four-bedroom Balmoral is an example of a spacious family home for just pounds 217,995, tel: 07881 510 075.

Westoe Crown Village has panoramic views out to sea. The self-contained community is just minutes from South Shields town centre and, once complete, will boast a village square, school, community centre, shops and offices.

The Shakespeare is available for less than pounds 280,000. It features a beautifully proportioned living room, large dining room with access via French doors to the garden, a study, kitchen and utility room, a master bedroom with en-suite shower room and three further bedrooms, tel: 08456 760 117.

George Wimpey North's site at Western Park, Hawthorn Village, Seaham features three- and four-bedroom detached homes. There are just 34 homes being built on the historic former RAF camp close to the centre of Seaham, tel: 08456 760 116.

Brass Castle Park is in Marton, three miles south of Middlesbrough. It has a range of four-bedroom detached properties some with large gardens and private driveways, tel: 08456 760 110.

One of George Wimpey's latest releases 35 exclusive homes at Leazes Park, West Auckland. Set in a quiet cul-de-sac, the properties are ideal for families looking for a rural environment with easy access to the region's main commuter routes, tel: 07831 640 219.

Charles Church:

Charles Church's Hawksley Grange development in Ryhope features three-, four- and five-bedroom houses from pounds 209,995.

The Draycote is a four-bedroom home with a large lounge/dining room, kitchen and utility room on the ground floor. The master bedroom and the second bedroom benefit from separate en-suite shower rooms.

The Charlton is a three-bedroom, three-storey home with versatile living space, tel: (0191) 521-4762.

Bellway's development at Holyfields and Northumberland Park (West Allotment) is one of the largest regional land releases. It is near the Silverlink Business Park and the A19.

The four-bedroom Wedmore, at pounds 265,000 is a traditional family home with three generous reception rooms on the ground floor ( a study, living room and dining room and kitchen. Upstairs, the master bedroom and second bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms.

Top of the range is the Melbury, a split-level home extending over 2,000 sq ft with balconies, a garden room and study. The ground floor has an integral double garage, garden room with French doors into the garden and utility room.

A kitchen and study occupy the first floor while there are balconies to the living room and adjacent dining room. On the second floor, the master bedroom has an en-suite shower room. The Melbury is pounds 295,000.

Blanchard B detached designs are also available at pounds 285,000. A three- or four-bedroom property, depending on how the fourth room is utilised, it includes a single garage and car port and extends over three floors.

It has a living room, dining kitchen and adjacent garden room both with French doors to the garden. The first floor has a generously proportioned family room over the garage spaces, and bedrooms two and three, both with en-suite bathrooms.

On the first floor, the master bedroom with dormer windows to two sides has fitted wardrobes and an en-suite bathroom.

Sales advisor Lynda Harrison can offer Hampson semi-detached homes for pounds 215,000, three-storey four-bedroom Ferndowns at pounds 249,000 or three/four bedroom Admirals from pounds 249,000, tel: (0191) 215-0076.

Dunelm Castle Homes:

Dunelm Castle Homes has family homes for sale at Oakfields at Hunwick from pounds 145,000 to pounds 178,000 and Greenhills at Quaking Houses from pounds 147,000 to pounds 225,000. At Bridge Island, Shotley Bridge and Victoria Grange, Windy Nook prices will be released later this year.

Family homes are also available at St James Village at East Gateshead from pounds 192,950 to pounds 235,000, Northumberland Park at Shiremoor from pounds 195,500 to pounds 295,000 and The Firs at Chevington Green from pounds 151,000 to pounds 205,000, tel: (0191) 377-4590.

Persimmon has family homes across the region including Biddick Woods, near Sunderland, Morpeth and Consett.

At semi-rural Biddick Woods, the four-bedroom Westminster is available at pounds 224,950 and the Grosvenor is for sale at pounds 279,950.

Biddick Woods, on the fringes of Lambton Park, has been created from 60 acres of land released by Lambton Estates, 40 acres of which will be used for residential development. The remainder is split between a park, a bridleway and open space.

The development has direct access to the eight-acre park, which has pathways to allow cyclists, joggers and walkers to enjoy this superb location linking to the riverside walks which extend along the Wear, tel: (0191) 385-7051.

The Mews is a small development of 12 three-storey townhouses and six two-storey homes two miles from Morpeth.

Ideal for families are three-storey Belsay townhouses from pounds 226,500 and Langley townhouses priced from pounds 249,500, tel: (0191) 217-0962.

Following the popularity of The Steadings at Consett, Persimmon has launched Burnside, a mile away.

The quiet, rural development comprises a range of three-, four- and five-bedroom family homes, many of which offer flexible living across three storeys to meet the varying needs of the modern family.

Families looking for plenty of space will love the five-bedroom, three- storey Harewood pounds 214,950 or the three-bedroom, three-storey Nelson from pounds 179,950, tel: 07753 710 283.

The Steadings has a choice of properties due for summer completion including the four-bedroom Amberly from pounds 169,950 or the four-bedroom detached Harefield from pounds 174,950, tel: (01207) 583472.

Bowey Homes development at Northumberland Park, Shiremoor, is set in stunning park surroundings near Backworth Golf club.

The Oak at pounds 295,000 is an impressive four- bedroom home featuring two bay windows to the front. Downstairs you'll find living and dining rooms and a family room with French doors to the rear garden. The kitchen leads to a utility room and cloakroom.

Two of the bedrooms have walk-in dressing areas and en-suites, tel: (0191) 482-7711.

It is not long since Bowey Homes stormed the National `Your New Home Awards' to scoop top prize in the Best Family Home category for their Liberty Green development at Washington.

It is a concept that Bowey Homes continues to deliver, with latest developments at Longhoughton, Shilbottle and Hetton le Hole all boasting properties perfectly suited to family life.

Designed by chairman, Ron Bowey and sales, architectural designer, David Atkinson and marketing director, Karen Emerson with their own families in mind, the homes combine space and luxury, with scenic appeal.

With first-hand experience of the fast pace of modern family life Karen and Ron create specifications inspired by the daily demands of real family living, paying particular attention to the key areas of space and storage without compromising on luxury and style.

Communal family areas and bedrooms have larger than average proportions, hallways are spacious and storage opportunities endless.

Utility areas have been realistically designed with the family in mind, allowing ample room for more than one fridge/freezer as well as plenty of extra storage space and extensive cloakroom facilities. Tel Bowey: (0191) 482-7711.
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