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Published: 19 September 2023

Renter makes energy savings becoming a homeowner at Timber Works

With rental and energy prices rising at their fastest rate in years, renters are now spending more on housing costs than homeowners do, paying 24% of their weekly income on housing compared to 16% respectively.[1] As the cost-of-living intensifies, breaking out of the renting cycle and onto the property ladder is becoming more important than ever. For 36-year-old Angela Quintana, having rented in Cambridge for the last year, managed to fulfil her dream of homeownership by purchasing a stylish two-bedroom apartment at Timber Works,

Explaining more about the savings she has made since buying her new home, Angela says: “The property I was renting in Cambridge was older and not as energy efficient. My new apartment at Timber Works is much more sustainable and has features that help keep my bills lower; underfloor heating throughout, low-energy lighting, energy-efficient integrated appliances in the kitchen, individual room thermostats mean I can heat the room I am in, and triple-glazed windows help retain more heat. Energy efficiency is important to me, especially at this time with the cost of everything going up – I am now paying £35 less per month on my energy costs and around £80 per month less in council tax.”



Medical Researcher Angela explains more about her new home and the Timber Works development: “Although buying a new build property wasn’t initially my first choice, I quickly realised that second-hand homes were going to be more costly to maintain and make it my own. I found Timber Works while I was searching on Rightmove, the location of the development is perfect. I cycle everywhere, including to work, and from here it only takes me around 10 minutes. My new home is lovely, one of my favourite things is my winter garden. I’m on the third floor so I have good views and it’s double the size of the balcony I used to have. As it is partly covered, I can use it almost all year round, it’s like having another room.”

Located less than two miles from Cambridge city centre, Timber Works enjoys a prime position within the sought after CB1 postcode. Residents are within easy walking distance of the trendy Mill Road, Beehive Centre retail park, and Cambridge train station. Angela enjoys living close to a wide choice of amenities:

I can walk or cycle everywhere; getting to work is easy and if I need any groceries I can pop over to the retail park. I work from home once or twice a week so being close to lots of shops is really useful. The development is great for people like me living on their own, but also for families. There is a nursery onsite and there will be a park with a play area too, which will be great for young children. The bike storage here is really big, very clean, and so useful for people like me who get around by bike.”

Angela is very happy with her new home and becoming a homeowner: “The team at Hill were very helpful and supported me through the whole process. I’m really looking forward to making my home my own and putting my personal touch into each room. I’m very happy here and most of all, very pleased that I am now a homeowner.”