Greg Simmonds and Jonny Stiff

After renting in Oxford for a combined total of 12 years, first-time buyers Greg and Jonny quickly decided that Graven Hill was the only place for them.

Keen to stay close to Oxford, with Greg commuting into London, excellent transport links were a top priority. Although not consciously looking for a new build, after researching Graven Hill, it became clear that it was the ideal choice – both in terms of location and the unique homes on offer.

As well as gaining a 20-minute lie-in in the morning and extra time together in the evenings, Greg and Jonny are also excited to be part of our thriving new community.

Read Greg & Jonny’s full story in The Metro

Sanjeev Basra and Dheeraj Malik

Part of a group of friends from Slough looking to relocate and live in a community together.

Thrilled by the concept of building their own home, they have made swift progress on their builds using ICF system.

Soon to be joined by more of their friends, they are looking forward to joining the network of self-builders at Graven Hill.

Keeping up with the Kirkmans

Meet Maggie and Simon Kirkman, the first self-builders to move in to Graven Hill.

From picking their plot right through to moving in to their home in June 2018, the Kirkmans have shared every step of their self-build journey to help other self-builders moving to Graven Hill.

See the Kirkman’s experience of building their dream home at Graven Hill.

The Dunns

“I’d heard about Graven Hill in the news and thought it was just self-build, but I kept seeing Tailored Finish properties on Right Move. I live in Bicester already and wasn’t actually looking to move house but the opportunity to live in such an exciting new development prompted me to visit the Plot Shop.”

“We started our Tailored Finish journey in November 2017 and got in early so we had maximum options to tailor the home to our preferences. Since then we have picked our internal layout from two designs as well as choosing all of our fixtures and fittings.”

“There’s such a big interest in Graven Hill already, but now the houses are going up fast and people can really see what is going on, those homes are going to sell very fast!”

“Our home is located near the woodland area of the site and is a Passivhaus. I love that the site is environmentally friendly, full of green spaces and contains lots of wildlife.”

Sandra Dunn, moving in to a Custom Build New Home.

The Marsdales

“Self-build is something we were interested in but it was hard to find land in the location we wanted.”

“We wanted to move to be closer to the countryside, the Cotswolds in particular. Graven Hill is a great location for us as it gives us the countryside setting we want and it’s close to Bicester train station, making the commute to work in central London fairly simple.”

“One of the benefits of building at Graven Hill is that they take care of finding land and offer pre-approved outline planning permission. It makes life much easier as these are the things that would normally make it difficult for potential self-builders to get going.”

“We’re really looking forward to joining a like-minded community and being a part of such a unique and innovative village development.”

Marc and Laura Marsdale, building their own home.

The Smiths

“Twenty years ago, we built our own home, but it became too much to maintain in retirement so we decided to move.”

“We didn’t want to build our own house again but after speaking to the team at the Plot Shop we found that the Tailored Finish coach house gave us exactly what we needed space-wise, plus we had additional design flexibility that you don’t get with standard new build homes.”

“Our coach house comes with a double garage. That was a huge selling point for us as we can use the additional space as a workshop. We’re also really excited that it is a Passivhaus so the bills will be considerably lower.”

“Graven Hill is in a great location. It’s close to the M40 so it’s ideal for travelling to see our daughter, we’ve got the woodlands on our doorstep and many cycle ways to explore.”

Martin and Christine Smith, moving in to a Custom Build New Home.

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