In 2001, Peter Ross Winslow (who the company is named after), was building out a site called Broadbridge Mill in Bosham. Some 48 properties houses and flats all built around a central lake area. Gary Winslow joined PR Homes Direct at this point as a site agent supervising the work and ensuring building standards were kept to a maximum and managed all material budgets.
Gary invested into the company at this point on a 50/50 basis with his father, Peter, creating PR Homes Direct Limited. It was agreed that they scale down the operation from large building projects to smaller more manageable with Gary maintaining a much more hands on approach to business.
Over the next few years PR Homes had a number of small but successful projects. These projects were in the Woodingdean / Rottingdean area of Sussex with high customer demand due to the coast and countryside location of the houses.
The father and son team then moved on to Eastbourne whereby they wanted to build some luxury flats near to a mainline station. They managed to find a 24 garage site which they obtained planning permission for 9 flats with balconies. They managed to sell all flats at a particular difficult period with the recession at that stage. In hindsight PR homes acted very astutely, as the financial situation in the country became a difficult period for selling properties everywhere.
PR Homes then felt the market was recovering but felt a mixed development of small starter homes and inexpensive flats was the way forward at that time. They purchased 2 sites in Penhill Road Lancing in quick succession to catch the market whereby we built 10 flats and 5 houses on one site and 6 flats and 2 houses on the other site.
Then in 2009, ECO became the buzz word and although Gary and Peter knew ECO was an expensive build with clients being a niche market it was important for the future of the company to work alongside the top Architects around the Sussex area to build their profile in the business.
This goal was achieved through a purchase of a garage site in Eastbourne with planning for 5 ECO houses complete with curved roofs covered in a grass sedum which looked spectacular.
A complete ECO build with PV water heating system, water recycling with running costs of around £300 per annum. The Eastbourne council worked hand in hand with PR Homes architects Liam Russell on a revolutionary design which was nominated for 2 architectural awards. PR Homes built this project out to fruition leaving behind a strong brand and a legacy to be proud of.
PR Homes are still working with the same team of Architects today who now operate out of Brighton to ensure continuity of the high levels of creativity they consistently produce. On the subject of collaborations PR Homes have also stayed loyal with the same family sub contractors for over 10 years now. Brick layers and ground workers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers and decorators have been with PR Homes and stayed with them because of the security and from their part, the standard and pricing of their work is always recognized by PR Homes and the various building inspectors we deal with at PR Homes.