Six-year-old Shrewsbury boy wins our Design Your Dream Home competition

We’ve all had fun dreaming up our perfect home this lockdown, so here at Samuel Wood, we decided to make it a competition for children to design theirs.

The competition, run over half term when families were having a break from home schooling, invited youngsters to draw their dream home.

The company promoted the competition on its social media channels and received dozens of entries from children across the county.

Joint Directors, Russell Griffin and Andrew Cadwallader, chose the winner as six-year-old Joseph Clarkson-Kearsley from Shrewsbury.

His epic design included a helicopter landing pad on the top and a beanstalk to help you climb the turrets of the house as well as a fire-breathing dragon.

Joseph won the £25 Smyths Toys voucher and can currently see his design proudly displayed as the our Facebook cover photo and a website banner.

Joe’s mum, Steph, said: “I am so proud of Joe, he spent two days creating his picture and deciding on his criteria for the dream house. He was so invested in the brief and really brought into it.
“Joe has really taken learning into his stride over lockdown, and thrives on a challenge, additionally, Joe has recently achieved the Blue Peter badge for his hard work, he created a picture of insert water sea animals.

“He cannot wait to go to the zoo and the sea life centre when it is finally safe to do so. Joe really thrives on reading books and learning about EVERYTHING. I think the dragon was inspired by Zog!”

Andrew Cadwallader, one of the firm’s directors, said: “We were really impressed with the standard of entries and it was hard to choose. We want to thank everyone who took the time to enter and we will be displaying all the photos on our Facebook page @samuelwoodshropshire.

“We know that lockdown has been a time for everyone to consider their surroundings with many turning to home improvements or moving. It has been especially hard for young people, so we wanted to give them a creative outlet with our competition and it’s so heartening to hear of the imagination and effort put in by Joe. His entry really impressed us. You can see all of the elements and the thought behind it. Well done Joe!”

Russell Griffin, Co-Director, said: “The Times has reported this week that the Chancellor will announce an extension of the current stamp duty holiday until the end of June. The sector has been calling for this for some time to help ease the backlog of sales, stuck in the system because of Covid. And we expect many new sellers to take advantage of this news if this does come to pass in the budget statement on Wednesday.”

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