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Award-winning house builder, Crest Nicholson, has designed the internal layouts of its new homes at The Laurels in Stowmarket with open-plan living in mind, providing more flexible accommodation and catering to the wider trend in home entertaining.

While designated reception rooms once epitomised the art of refinement and separate kitchens and dining rooms were integral to maintaining decorum in the household, such traditional architectural styles have been transformed in the last decade to reflect the demand for more adaptable living spaces. Furthermore, since the economic downturn affected the regularity with which we socialise outside the home, more house hunters look for open-plan properties that can adapt to their varying needs on a daily basis.

As such, many of the new three and four-bedroom houses at The Laurels boast such thoughtful open plan layouts, enabling home owners to make the most of home entertaining, showcasing their culinary skills whilst simultaneously remaining attentive to their guests.

In particular, The Gosfield at The Laurels is exemplary in showcasing the advantages of open plan living. The 17 ft open plan kitchen / dining area also boasts a light and airy day room with glass ceiling, providing an additional space in which to entertain guests. Overlooking the garden, the day room extends from the kitchen and offers an area in which guests can recline while hosts are putting the finishing touches to their evenings.

Such multifunctional open-plan spaces come into their own during the festive season too, offering enough space to accommodate the whole family whether they are cooking, eating or relaxing.

The large separate sitting room can of course be used as a more formal entertaining space post-dinner, or for when the family is spending time together during quieter periods.

With four double bedrooms arranged over the first and second storeys, including a master suite that boasts both a walk-in wardrobe and en suite shower room, as well as a second bedroom that also boasts an en suite.

Annette Cole, Sales & Marketing Director, Crest Nicholson Eastern, commented: “The way people use their homes has really changed and now many more people enjoy a busy social life at home, hosting dinner parties on varying scales. When entertaining guests, the host doesn’t necessarily want to be isolated in the kitchen - they’d rather have a more social space in which to show off their culinary skills, cooking up a feast while their guests relax and enjoy their evening. As such, an open plan kitchen / dining room is the perfect solution.”

Boasting a superb architectural attention to detail, an exceptional specification and attractive interiors, the new homes at Cedars Park effortlessly cater to the practicalities of day to day life without compromising on a sense of style or jeopardising aspirational lifestyles.

Located in close proximity to beautiful rural parts of Suffolk areas, yet with all the advantages of the established infrastructure and amenities that Stowmarket has to offer, Cedars Park offers the ideal residential location. For commuters, Stowmarket Station is within a short distance of the development, with train journeys into Cambridge taking just over an hour. Road links are also excellent, with the A14 within easy reach too.

Three bedroom houses at Cedars Park are available from £190,000 or £152,000 with Help to Buy. For further information, please contact the sales and marketing team on 0870 755 1620.