Re Use of Existing Buildings

Projects are completing and we are getting a chance to look back, Staunton Manor proves that existing buildings can be reused to create bespoke homes which combine character, charm and modern day efficiencies. Re-use of existing buildings and the development of unique homes is something which is desired by the Government and our customer, it is a shame that there are so many additional hurdles and bureaucracy associated with delivering a home that we all desire and one which is not only efficient to run, but also efficient in terms of sympathetic reuse of the existing building. We are completely passionate about delivering unique homes and reusing existing buildings, it is a shame that this comes with frustration that this is made increasingly difficult to do. Here’s a shot of Staunton Manor of which we are very proud,


Fallen for Grey!


Whitecroft has fallen for greys! Due to their tonal simplicity and their ability to become a perfect backdrop for future owners to project a stunning bold flash of colour either on the walls or through statement furniture pieces. The crispness of Farrow & Ball All White next to a Pavilion Grey is particularly satisfying, or perhaps the soft light of F&B Dempse with Middleton Pink for a fresh vintage vibe?


Grey will work in heritage and new build projects. Paint colours were not widely available in the home until the 1950’s, before that, a range of colours were for the more affluent home owners. Over the past few years, grey has taken a resurgence, becoming the most popular neutral taking the place of magnolia (thank goodness!). Grey is super chic when combined with orange, yellow, turquoise and pink.

There are cool and warm greys to suit your lighting and feel required, dependant on room use, the warmest greys we have found have a green base tone, Hardwicke White (despite its name) is a dark warm base grey. Ammonite is a warm light grey, taking a hint of a warm green grey as its base, this works well for areas which need light and warmth. There are generally three grey base tones- blue green and purple.

Whilst we have committed to grey as our base colour of choice, due to versatility and wide reaching appeal through the new build and conversion properties we produce, we also crave colour for our newly built homes and love returning to see the injections of orange yellow pink blue which the new owners bring with their own style, adding a vitality and freshness to the property to complement the backdrop we have set up.

There is an exciting emerging confidence in colour for internal décor, potentially as a result in part of the flexibility we provided by the intermediate tone of choice at the moment, our beloved (almost 50 shades of) grey!


For further examples of the interiors of schemes completed by Whitecroft Developments Limited, please head to our website using the links below, for further information on any of our schemes please call 01761 490092.

The Lesser Spotted New Build Chimney!

Okay, so I threatened a barrage of pics as our developments near completion ( because finally we have something we can share which doesn't look just like a heap or mud and, I’m looking for some light relief from the rigour and paperwork heavy exercise that Practical Completion is) and so it begins! A week or so ago, I shared some pics of our development looking fab in the snow and today our beautiful Dilly Meadows was basking in the sun, here she is. . .

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9 basking in the sun

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Sneaking a peak at 6

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What’s a chimney between friends?

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May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face. And may the winds of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars

Nom Noms! Dreaming of @BristolLifeAwds

We are delighted to have received the news that we are finalists for the Bristol Life Awards Property award! 2018, was a mega busy year where we have strived to deliver character homes on a new build and Listed conversion projects, its been a real ‘ramp up’ and we have everything crossed, that this will be recognised by an award! We also know that there are some other fantastic companies in this and other categories so the competition is stiff, what a great chance to celebrate all that Bristol has to offer!

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. . . and Staunton Manor was looking great too!

Here are some pictures of the charming Staunton Manor, working the snow yesterday, we have always loved the gentle sloping meander of this courtyard and cannot wait to open up the completed courtyard for all to see at future open days. Staunton Manor is located in Whitchurch Village, South Bristol.

New Year New View at Dilly Meadows

Everything looks so different in the snow today and this leads us to think about the marketing launch for Dilly Meadows, now that the site is finally looking as proposed and demonstrating the design quality we protected at initial stages, ‘New Year, New View’ has sprung to mind as a marketing tag line for Dilly Meadows as we edge towards practical completion. ‘New View’, literally because a house relocation to Dilly Meadows provides excellent rural views from every new home built but also because some times, as we review at the start of the year, we may embark on a different plan or take a different view on the type of life we want to live, increasingly buyers are making the decision to move from town to country, this is an emerging trend as buyers seek all that country life has to offer.

Here is the new view which Dilly Meadows provided today in the snow, what a beauty, Dilly Dilly!

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Where are we, what are we doing?

So where are we and what are we doing? I don't know, I’m punch-drunk! Only kidding, we have to know exactly what we are doing, how long it will take and how much it will cost, but in terms of the wider strategy, sometimes it is hard to really keep focused on what we set out to do in the fist instance.

Generally, we are bringing two unique projects to a conclusion. The first of which is Dily Meadows Dilly, Dilly! This is a fantastic project and has led to the whole team being captivated by The Chew Valley, the connections to Bristol and Bath are fabulous, yet the retreat The Chew Valley offers to commuters, retired couples, families alike is astonishing, The Chew Valley is truly rural with a handful of unique villages, ample recreational facilities and restaurants (the Michelin- Starred Pony and Trap which is fabulous), we are surprised that some in Bristol and Bath have not heard of or explored The Chew Valley, and existing residents are equally happy that The Chew Valley has been a secret gem for some time, ‘There’s something about the Valley, if you know about it, you aspire to it’.

The second project we will complete this year is Staunton Manor, Whitchurch Village is home to Staunton Manor, this private court yard with just 8 converted homes, previously the Visitor Centre for Horseworld (which continues it charitable work in land and buildings nearby) and before that, the buildings were home to the very start of the Bristol Home for Horses. The courtyard was previously the hub of activities, where ideas were born to start the charitable work and where Christmas and Summer fayres were held to bring Whitchurch Village community together, at one point Staunton Manor was the heart of Whitchurch Village, now the bustle and work has returned as we bring to conclusion, our project and new owners are about to start their journey in unique converted properties.

Rescued Pit Ponies photographed as they are brought to Staunton Manor, kindly provided by Horseworld who continue their charitable work in land and buildings nearby.

Rescued Pit Ponies photographed as they are brought to Staunton Manor, kindly provided by Horseworld who continue their charitable work in land and buildings nearby.

But are we achieving our goals? We embarked on this journey as a business in 2010 to build and convert new homes which evoke emotion, such as you would come to expect from older, character filled properties, have we managed to do this? Just this Friday, I walked into Dilly Meadows and it is becoming a valued addition, a new enclave finally worthy of being in West Harptree. Dilly Meadows was the goal which we aspired to at the very start, we aspired to building a new build development which was sizeable, yet still capable of becoming a community, and now the developments stands (albeit wanting the final touches such as turf and tarmac) as a blank canvas ready for new journeys to begin, it’s easy to plant daily lives playing out in your imagination, young children on scooters, returning from school with parents loaded with their school bags, retired couples tending to vegetable patches in their gardens with rural views and young couples starting out in their first new homes, and then I am disturbed by a digger driver levelling the top soil in a new garden and I conclude that the scheme has managed to evoke emotion, although in this instance, mine, triggered by the over tired punch-drunk feeling, that so often comes with the success of almost reaching the end of a challenging project!

I do feel as though we have succeeded, the sales progress and customer comments on design support this and the small decisions and hard design choices (sometimes gambles) have paid off, we have chimneys, we have natural stone, buildings with double height spaces and an abundance of light. But these buildings now are only ours for a short amount of time, to record, examine and learn from, as our customers are ready and waiting to move in. Watch this space, soon to be filled with pictures of completed buildings at Dilly (as I fondly refer to her now) which I will share in a similar manner to a proud parent sharing images of their new baby!

And Staunton Manor? This is a conversion project, a hard road at times, and for something that the government professes to want to encourage, it is surprising how many additional hoops a developer needs to jump through to be able to bring a conversion development like this forward. That said, the charm is still there at Staunton Manor, despite the make-over and upgrades we have forced upon these buildings, the meander through the court yard is just as charming as it has always been, the courtyard is defined by the collection of buildings which is typically agricultural and non uniform in its arrangement. The new additions to the existing buildings where needed are clearly distinct and the building’s history easily readable, at this scheme, my mind takes me back to what I imagine to be the lives which have played out here in the past, with the characters I have seen from old photographs taking their roles. This project has been a success and again, I cannot wait to share the pictures of what we have achieved here, but I cannot help but think, we should make conversions a more attractive prospect for developers and should consider if there is some way to reduce the red tape and risk associated with taking on conversion projects. I will leave you with one of my favourite images kindly shared by Horseworld.