When it came to finding a work experience placement, 15-year-old Calum from Howden School knew he wanted to work in construction. However, when he wasn’t sure which part of the industry he wanted to progress in, he got in touch with the team here at Risby to help him find out!
We asked Calum how he found his week on site at our Shepherd’s Rest development in Beverley.
So Calum, what did you get up to during your work experience?
I got to try out a range of different tasks during my week at Risby. I got to try my hand at different plastering techniques, including patching and applying pre-plaster to plasterboard.
I also had the chance to lay bricks and blocks on site, as well as carry out a number of general labour jobs.
How did you find working with the team at Risby?
The team were really helpful and friendly, and I found it a really good experience.
How does working at Risby compare to going to school?
There were a lot of early starts, and with the longer hours and physical jobs I definitely slept well!
The uniform was also quite different. There was a lot of PPE I needed to wear to work on site. Everyone wore gloves, hard hats, steel toe cap boots and high vis vests. Plus, there were extra restrictions in place for covid.
What did you learn whilst working with the team?
I learnt all about how a construction team works together, and how every job connects together. Working as a team makes things run smoothly and helps progress the site.
What was your favourite part of working with Risby?
I really enjoyed bricklaying, pointing up the bricks on the houses.
Did work experience help you decide what you want to do in the future?
I’ve always known that I wanted to work in the construction industry. Now I have experience working on a site, it’s confirmed that I want to be a bricklayer just like my dad and uncle.
Would you recommend work experience with Risby to other students?
Definitely. It was a really good experience.
Here at Risby we actively offer work experience placements to students in the East Riding area. If you know anyone interested in completing work experience with Risby, contact us here.
Welcome to our latest blog series: ‘meet the Risby team’! As an independent, family-run business, we think it’s important to be familiar with who you’re dealing with. For example, who chooses the interiors for a Risby show home? Who am I speaking with when I call Risby? Who manages each development, and how? Keep an eye on our blog to find out all about the different members of the team, helping give you peace of mind when buying a Risby home.
Hi Jo, we’d love to hear how you started out as an interior designer. How did you get into the industry?
It developed over a long period of time really, but it started with my love for interiors.
After seeing how I’d decorated my own home, friends and family would often ask for advice and soon, I was helping them to choose their own furniture and colour schemes.
Being a very practical person, I decided to try my hand at making a career out of my passion. And I succeeded!
How did you come to work for Risby?
I started working with Risby after I helped managing director Mark Barrett and his wife Sally to decorate their home. I must have done a good job, as they offered me a job designing their development show homes.
It helped that we got along really well, and I’m great at working to a budget – which is important when decorating a home as it can be easy to get carried away!
That was seven years ago. Since then, I’ve worked on all of Risby’s show homes, decorating each to demonstrate their full potential.
How do you design a show home?
It’s important that I put myself in the mind frame of someone that would live in the house I’m designing. Do I have children? What do I like to do in my spare time? Is entertaining important to me?
There’s a very fine line between creating a space that feels like a home and making the house too personal, so it’s essential to keep any décor inoffensive and appealing to a wider audience whilst still standing out from the crowd. As you can imagine, this can be difficult to achieve!
Sourcing the right furniture and deciding on colour schemes is also important. To help with this some of the team visit The Furniture Show in Birmingham each year to keep on top of the latest trends and suppliers.
The great thing about working with Risby is that the team leave me to my own creative devices. They trust me to design a show home that makes a statement, whilst still being on brief. This makes each project more exciting than the last.
Do you have a favourite development?
I really enjoyed decorating the show homes for Shepherd’s Rest in Beverley. There’s such a great choice of homes to choose from for all budgets, so I liked giving each one a different personality.
I particularly liked working with the bi-fold doors in the kitchen areas as they create so much light on the ground floor. It was also fun working with features like secret doors within the latest house types – this sort of thing really sets Risby apart from other developers.
Do you have any top tips for house buyers hoping to decorate their homes to show home standard?
The right choice of wallpaper can make a huge difference when decorating your home. Introducing colour and pattern brings life to an otherwise plain space, and can be as high or low impact as you like.
If you’re not ready to take the plunge with a feature wall, you can instead invest in an interesting piece of art to draw the eye. Artwork of local landscapes are always a brilliant addition to an otherwise clear space as they give a real personal feel to your home and reflect the space often just ten minutes from your home.
Speaking of artwork, you’re also a successful artist – tell us about your work
My art is very textured, layering paints with a pallet knife to create a rustic feel. I would describe it as almost like a sculpture on a canvas, very structured and eye-catching.
I started painting during lockdown, creating art for members of my family. They had a great response, and soon I was receiving commissions for people looking for artwork for their homes! As an interior designer I find it easy to create something that works well in a specific room, keeping to both colour schemes and the buyer’s requests.
My artwork is also currently being displayed at a lockdown art exhibition on Humber Street in Hull city centre, which is amazing for me. As a fairly new artist, receiving praise from others in the industry is lovely and a huge confidence boost. I’ve even managed to sell most of my work. I sold seven in the first weekend alone!
Wykeland has been amazing. The team have helped me to display my work to the public, and it’s currently on display each weekend during August, on a Saturday from 10am-5pm and on a Sunday from 10am-4pm.
You can find Jo’s latest artwork at pop-up space two of the lockdown art exhibition on Humber Street. Visit her Instagram page here.
Consisting of a range of family homes, the newly released properties are perfect for families looking for room to grow and a neighbourhood with a real community spirit.
And if people reserve now, buyers have the unique opportunity to choose their own fixtures and fittings, helping to create the home of their dreams!
Houses available in the phase three release include a number of unique, three-storey properties: The Cheviot and The Swaledale. These bespoke properties are contemporary, high specification four-bedroom homes, with plenty of space for family life.
With underfloor heating to the ground floor as standard, The Cheviot has four good size bedrooms and two family size bathrooms alongside a social breakfast kitchen, useful utility room and downstairs WC and garage, making it ideal for growing families.
The Swaledale, boasts three bathrooms, as well as a downstairs WC, four generous size bedrooms and a dining kitchen that is great for entertaining. Underfloor heating to the ground floor also comes as standard.
Homeowners can choose from a range of bespoke kitchens, tiling and flooring options for their new home.
The new stamp duty holiday also means that a selection of our homes at Shepherd’s Rest are now available without having to pay an additional tax. This is an amazing new rule that will save buyers thousands of pounds! But this tax holiday is only available for a few months, so we would urge anyone who may be interested to get in touch soon in order to take full advantage of the potential savings.
As we’re now moving out of lockdown and the property market starts moving again, you may be getting ready to move house. But we know that it’s still a nervous time for some and buyers have a lot of questions. What’s changed? Is it safe to visit a show home? And what about financial concerns?vWe’re here to answer these questions and provide you with the most up-to-date information from our site and sales teams.
1. What’s changed?
Strictly by appointment only – we are not allowing passers-by to visit the show home/sales office. Our sales office is now open 10am – 4pm, Thursday – Monday and you’re able to come and visit by appointment only. This is being done to limit the number of people coming in and out.
Arriving safely: Ample parking is available and we’ve ensured that there’s a safe distance between cars. Our Sales Manager, Trina, will welcome you and will be sat behind a screen during your visit to maintain social distancing.
The buying process: The buying process is still exactly the same. However, there are safety measures now in place with regards estate agent appointments and viewings. Everyone is working hard to make sure that you are safe and feel comfortable.
2. Is it safe to visit a show home?
The short answer is: yes. We have been careful to introduce a series of new measures that will keep both staff and visitors safe.
Limited number of viewings – we’re reducing the number of people entering the show home at one time. Booking your slot will make sure we can manage numbers safely and efficiently. We are taking details of each customer for track and trace purposes.
Staying safe inside: Masks and hand sanitising stations are now available upon arrival. We’re also advising that visitors don’t use the toilets at the show home and avoid touching door handles, where possible. You’ll be guided through the show home, as normal – with social distancing measures in place, of course.
Health concerns: If you have booked to come and look around our show home, but have since experienced health problems, please do let us know. Rebooking your slot is a simple process.
3. I have financial concerns about buying a property, what can I do?
It’s been a strange and uncertain time for us all. But please be assured, purchasing a home through Risby Homes is a safe and secure process. We’re a family-run, local developer that really cares about our buyers. We know it’s hard to find the ‘dream home’. So if you decide that one of our properties is the one for you, we can help make your dream home a reality. If you have any financial concerns just let us know. We’ve been doing this for a long time, so any question or worry you may have – we’ve undoubtedly heard it before.
We work with Stanifords estate agents, who are also on-hand to provide advice and recommend trusted financial advisors and solicitors.
If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment to discuss your move, please get in touch with our Sales Manager Trina Henderson on: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07376 110 229.
The essential government measures put in place as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has put a lot of people’s lives on hold. But social distancing doesn’t mean that you can’t still secure your perfect property.
I’m currently looking for a new home, what’s my next step?
Get in touch! Register your interest and we’ll keep you in the loop with the planned next phase of our Shepherd’s Rest development. There are some beautiful homes planned, which will start onsite as soon as we are able, and we look forward to sharing them with you.
Is your show home still open?
In line with government guidance, our show home and sales office has temporarily closed. But our Sales Manager, Trina Henderson, is available on 07376 110 229 or email@example.com.
Make sure you’re following us on Facebook to see up-to-date CGIs, virtual tours and most recent site pictures.
I’ve reserved a Risby Homes property, has this process been affected?
Although work for Phase 2 of Shepherd’s Rest is temporarily paused, we’d like to reassure buyers that we have been working on schedule and you will be kept informed with any updates as the situation unfolds.
Trina, our Sales Manager, is in touch with all buyers every week, relaying any new information. As soon as we receive any news, we will let you know.
We’d also recommend keeping in touch with your solicitors, mortgage advisor and estate agent.
Some words of encouragement for us all from one of our buyers:
Thank you for the update, Trina. Bricks and mortar can wait. We must all learn to be patient, careful, mindful and respectful to others if we are to emerge safe and healthy from this.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do get in touch. We hope you are all keeping safe and well during this difficult time.
Westcote Farm is a distinctive development nestled within the quaint village of South Cave. The 23-home scheme has seen considerable interest and now only has one property remaining for sale.
The last remaining three-storey, four/five-bedroom detached home is perfect for a family looking for a little more space.
The Sorocco has been designed with a busy family in mind. Features include:
a games room
underfloor heating throughout the ground floor
a double garage
south facing garden overlooking the stream that runs through the development
The property boasts a bespoke kitchen and bathrooms and has been fitted to the highest specification. It’s a house a family can truly call a home.
Westcote Farm is set within picturesque surroundings that are steeped in history. The scheme has merged materials from the original buildings with a contemporary yet classic design. Westcote Farm even includes an historic dovecote, which has been completely refurbished.
Located just a few minutes away from South Cave’s bustling village centre, Westcote Farm is ideally situated close to the local primary school and village amenities. From independent cafes and boutiques to a post office, corner shop and not one but two local pubs, there’s certainly enough to keep you busy!
As a team that are proud to support our community, we’re happy to announce our sponsorship of a local netball team, contributing towards vital costs for new playing dresses, Velcro bibs and shorts.
A cause that is particularly close to our hearts – with our Site Co-ordinator Amy being a member for three years, it gives us great pride to be able to name the team ‘Risby Homes’.
We’re also thrilled to have our company logo on the dedicated team’s dresses, and to be the first sponsors they have received for a number of years.
First formed 15 years ago, team Risby Homes consists of a mixture of players varying from ages 18 to 60, all with different abilities and a passion for netball. All living within the East Yorkshire area, their members range from women who play a few times a week, to players who are looking for a route back into the sport.
Playing in the Hull Works League against nine other teams, Risby Homes play a series of matches throughout the season against various other local teams, including Specsavers, Natwest, BP Chemicals A and Segals.
After a great season, Risby Homes has won an amazing eight out of eleven games!
Come and see us this weekend to find out more about our second phase of releases at Shepherd’s Rest in Beverley.
A unique new build development, we have already seen an overwhelming level of interest in the newly available plots.
With limited homes now available, our open weekend gives you the opportunity to view our range of bespoke two, three and four bed properties across the luxury 73 home development; and to discuss future plots and house types due to be released in future phases.
Comprising of classic contemporary homes that have a real personal touch, each home at Shepherd’s Rest is finished to the highest specification, including oak finish internal doors and underfloor heating as standard to the ground floor, as well as a choice of exclusive kitchen, bathroom and bedroom furniture.
Each house also benefits from parking spaces, as well as integrated Neff appliances throughout.
Just a short walk from the centre of Beverley, Shepherd’s Rest is minutes away from the town’s range of boutique stores, cafes and restaurants, as well as a selection of cosy pubs to choose from.
With Risby, homeowners have complete control and guidance throughout every stage of the design and build process. The team strive to deliver property development with a truly personal touch to turn every customer’s vision of their ideal home into a reality.
Come along to register your interest in our future releases at Shepherd’s Rest, which includes two and three storey, two, three and four bed properties.