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Location, Location, Location - Alloway

Doonholm Meadows

Continuing our blog series focusing on some of our fabulous locations across the country, our hotspot this week is Alloway.

Moving to the south east of Scotland, we’d like to introduce you to the picturesque Ayrshire coast and our new luxury development in the village of Alloway, the birthplace of Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet.

Situated to the south of the village, Doonholm Meadows lies adjacent to Doohnolm Farm and is a wonderful location offering all the benefits of a semi-rural setting.

Nestled between the A77 and the river Doon, just off Doonholm Road, Doonholm Meadows is a collection of 3, 4 and 5 bedroom luxury homes. A tree lined avenue welcomes you to the area which, when complete, will house toddler and children’s play areas as well as path for walkers to enjoy the development.

Alloway is a leafy suburb of Ayr which lies just 2.5 miles north of the town and offers a variety of leisure and recreational facilities.

Nearby Rozelle Park, home to the Ayr Flower Show, is a beautifully maintained open park area with a tea room and plenty of activities throughout the year to keep visitors entertained, and it also offers a tranquil side ideal for walkers to soak up the outdoors.

Sports enthusiasts have the world famous Ayr Racecourse, home to the Scottish Grand National and the Ayr Cup Festivals, which offers a variety of fixtures for all the family to enjoy. With a cricket, hockey and rugby club based in Alloway, there are plenty of opportunities to take up a sport or to spectate and support the local teams.

The catchment school is Alloway Primary School and has the envious accolade of being the school Robert Burns attended when a lad. Outside of the school day, local children have access to a variety of clubs and extra-curricular activities to satisfy the most curious of minds.

For older children, Belmont Academy in Ayr is a thriving state school providing secondary education.

Alloway Library offers a fantastic selection of reference and reading material and hosts a number of community events including weekly Bookbug sessions for toddlers and a monthly book group meeting. A literature legacy that would have made even Rabbie Burns proud.

For more information on Doonholm Meadows and our other developments, please visit www.millerhomes.co.uk

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Sports Clubs Score Hat-trick with Miller Homes

North East resize for blog After yet another fantastic summer of sport with the World Cup in Brazil, Glasgow hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup, our 3rd Summer of Sport competition has now crossed the finish line!

With more than 80 clubs and teams across our regions taking park in the chance to win a £500 prize, our selection of judges, including Scottish athlete Jared Deacon and swimming double Commonwealth champion Chris Cook, were given the challenge of picking the team for the gold medal spot. In order to win the cash, the clubs had to state in no more than 200 words why they deserved to win the money, how they would benefit and what it would be spent on.

After much deliberation the 6 winners chosen were:

• Perth and Kinross District Netball in Perth (Scotland region)
• Greencroft Netball Club in County Durham (North East region)
• Leyland Lions Junior Racket Club in Preston (North West region)
• Doncaster Wheelers Cycling Club in Doncaster (Yorkshire region)
• Trowell Football Club in Nottingham (Midlands region)
• Worthing Gymnastics Club in Worthing (Southern region)

Anthony Beaumont, club chairman and Disability and Soccer School co-ordinator of Trowell Football Club, said the money would make a huge difference:

“It’s great news for us. It’s a real battle to maintain the kits and equipment whilst keeping fees to a minimum and this grant from Miller Homes will help no end.”

Martin Maltby, Doncaster Wheelers club member, commented: “This was a fantastic opportunity for us to try and secure some much needed funds from such a reputable company who had already helped other clubs like us.

"We are thrilled to have received this prize and the entire club passes on our thanks to Miller Homes and the Doncaster Knights for choosing us,”

Gillian Conway, Under 17 District Coach for Perth and Kinross District Netball Club, said: “We are delighted to have won. Our coaches are very keen to develop the squad and netball within the Perth and Kinross Area. This funding will be spent on new equipment which will improve agility, balance, co-ordination and speed of our athletes, and better prepare them for National Squad trials.”

With so many entries we were delighted to see that the enthusiasm for sports hasn’t dwindled. All entries were of an exceptionally high standard and as with years previous our judges had a difficult job on their hands!  In the end it was decided that the winning clubs would be able to make the most out of our donation.

To see all of the winners from this year and prior, please visit our Pinterest board all about our campaign.

Here’s to another year of sporting excellence in 2015!
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The 1990s (Action Packed)

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In celebration of our 80th year, we are revisiting our heritage as we outline the story of how we became one of the UK’s leading housebuilders.

Following the decade of pioneering change that was the 1980s, the 1990s was also action-packed.

In common with most other construction companies at the time, and off the back of its most successful financial year to date in 1989, Miller Homes and the wider Group in general struggled during the recession of 1990.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom.  At the beginning of the decade Miller Homes announced that they were main sponsors of Heart of Midlothian Football Club.  The club’s jersey bore the Miller Homes name and logo throughout the 1990 / 1991 season, giving the business an enhanced profile.

By 1991 computers were becoming more affordable, portable and powerful, and could communicate with one another.  IT was becoming available to parts of the business which in the past it could not support.  Miller Homes’ technical teams could now use a computer to record details of a site as it was surveyed and then transfer the information to a ground modelling computer on which the site design could be developed, eliminating the expense and time spent previously in drawing up plans.

In 1992 a new portfolio of house types was launched at several developments and the fact that customers were willing to purchase properties off-plan was a reflection of the quality and imagination of these new designs.  Miller Homes recognised that as the demographic structure of society changed, house types which were once successful needed to be modified and developed.  As an example, the new three-bedroom Ettrick had a larger square footage than most of our competitors’ four-bedroom houses, recognising our customers’ desire for more spacious accommodation.

Miller Homes celebrated its Diamond Jubilee in 1994 and as part of the celebrations held a series of lectures throughout the UK given by prominent individuals connected with the construction industry.  Throughout the year, The Miller Group pledged to match any charity money raised by employees pound for pound.  In total, employees covering the length and breadth of the country raised in excess of £26,000 by taking part in activities including a 96 mile walk, bake sales every Friday, cycle rides and even a parachute jump.

In 1997, Miller Homes became the first housebuilder in Scotland to offer potential purchasers the opportunity to speak on the phone with an independent financial adviser during their visit to a development.  This meant purchasers were able to find out in a matter of minutes what mortgage deals were available to them, easing this part of the home buying process.

Finally for the major milestones of the 1990s, in 1999, preparing for the new millennium, Miller Homes launched a new brand identity.  The branding, still being used today, was intended to capture the forward-looking, progressive nature of the company; bold and contemporary reflecting the company’s development and ambitions.

Take a look at our Pinterest board for a range of Miller Homes photographs from throughout the 1990s.

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Interior Design Tips For First Time Buyers

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It’s great to see more and more first time buyers joining the property market with the support of Help to Buy. Not only is it a very exciting and busy time for new home owners, but it can also be an overwhelming process too.

Personalising a whole home can require a lot of time, thought and preparation. So whilst you’re settling in, we thought we would give you a few handy hints and tips on interior design for when the time comes to transform your house into a home.

- Mood boards

It’s important to know how you want each room to look and feel before buying any furniture, accessories or even worse, paint! A mood board can help focus your attention and create a plan for each room. Use pictures from magazines and add colour swatches and fabric samples to help bring your visions to life.

- Be patient

It can be very tempting to dash to the sales and find some wonderful bargains but once you come home and find they don’t work in the space or complement other furniture in the room, they simply become a waste of money. Do some research, get samples and measure all spaces before purchasing any furniture.

- Lighting

Lighting can be the make or break of a room, whatever the budget is. Give careful consideration to each room as the lighting should reflect the room’s purpose such as cooking, relaxing, working or entertaining. Getting the right lighting can make the home feel warm and welcoming to guests or can create the perfect atmosphere for working.

- Art

Many first time buyers tend to be on a tight budget when buying their home, so it is inevitable a few ‘make do’ pieces of furniture and accessories will be used to get by. However, art can be a real investment, spend money on a couple of key pieces that you really love and pull out the colours from the artwork in your accessories. It will help complete a room and if chosen well, the piece may be timeless.

- Neutrals are key

Taste and trends come and go, so it’s good to keep a simple colour palette for big items such as sofas, beds and kitchens. A lime green kitchen may look good for 2014 but it won’t look as chic and stylish in a couple of years. Having a neutral base gives you more opportunity to accessories in different colours and fabrics, plus they can be easily changed for a fraction of the price.

- Get inspiration

If you need some interior design inspiration our Pinterest board is packed full of cool, sophisticated and fun ideas. Plus our choices centre is open for you to select the perfect foundations, including a fabulous range of kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and carpets as well as lighting, tiles and taps, all of which come in a variety of colours and styles for your new home.

To find your nearest Miller Homes development, please visit our website.

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Great Locations Captured On Camera

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These days, with the proliferation of camera phones and compact digital cameras, most of us are equipped to take a snap at a moment’s notice, meaning we can ensure spontaneous and special moments are captured forever.  Everyone can be an amateur photographer and as a nation we are taking more photos than ever!

With this in mind, Miller Homes has recently launched a fabulous photography competition encouraging people to explore and appreciate the locations in which they live.

The Great Locations Photography Competition wants entrants to focus on why they love the area in which they live and what’s great about it.  So whether you love the landmarks in your area; feel proud of your local town centre; or if you can’t get enough of your home’s idyllic rural backdrop – we want to know about it, or rather, we want to see it!

So what are you waiting for – get snapping and let us see what you come up with!

Entries should be sent to millerhomesphotocomp@miller.co.uk and once received will be published on Miller Homes’ social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+).  Deadline for entries is 26th October 2014 and full terms and conditions can be read here.

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