Case study: What it’s like to live in an SB Homes apartment

27th August 2019

Jacky and Malcolm Clay bought an apartment at Empire Works. In this blog, she tells a little bit more about their experience with SB Homes and why she loves her brand-new home...


  1. 1. What type of property did you live in before?

Our previous property was a 4-bedroom detached home, which was great whilst our children were at home. As they all went their own way, we felt the house was too big for two and we needed to downsize.

  1. 2. Why did you choose an apartment? 
  2. As we were getting older, we wanted our last move to be somewhere suitable for us in later life. So, an apartment with everything on one floor seemed to be the ideal choice. The fact that there is a lift also made it very appealing. 

  1. 3. What was the deciding factor when buying from SB Homes?

We love the location and fact that we are overlooking the canal. We've been wanting to move to the lovely village of Slaithwaite for a while but could not find a suitable property. 

When we heard that SB Homes were building apartments in Slaithwaite we knew it was an opportunity we couldn't miss. We came to view the show home and were instantly impressed by the modern interior and superb fixtures and fittings. We decided almost at once that an SB Homes apartment would be the perfect choice for us. 

  1. 4. Did you make any bespoke choices?

We bought the apartment off plan and were happy with the layout. We changed a few small details, such as having a large shower rather than a bath in the bathroom.

In the kitchen, we added some extra units. We also asked for the storage cupboard door to open into the bathroom rather than the kitchen, to allow extra wall space in the kitchen. We opted for a glass door leading from the hall to the open plan living space. 

  1. 5. Which is your favourite room in your new home?

We love every room in the apartment, but our favourite has to be the open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. It has large windows that let in the sunshine and lots of light. 

From every window, there is a view of the canal which we can enjoy whether cooking, dining or relaxing in the lounge. We can step out onto the balcony from this room, a super outside area to relax and watch the world go by. 

  1. 6. Would you recommend SB Homes? 

We can't fault SB Homes. Throughout the buying experience, they have been friendly, helpful and completely approachable, nothing was too much for them. Once in the property any problems were quickly and efficiently rectified. We absolutely love our apartment and feel it's the best decision we ever made, so thank you SB Homes, you've all been wonderful, we will definitely recommend you.