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Our History

Founded in 1987 by current CEO Fred Story, Story Homes is a housing developer with schemes in Cumbria, North West and North East England and southern Scotland.

Our mission is to design and build quality homes that people aspire to live in, and we are proud to build high quality homes that bring something different to the areas in which we operate.


Fred Story founded Story Construction

Story Construction was founded by Fred Story in 1987. The business incorporated what is now Story Homes and Story Contracting. Right at the start, Fred was working from a bedroom office in his home, with just three colleagues working with him on a variety of projects in and around Carlisle.


First Development Completed

Story Construction completed their first ever development of new homes, an exclusive scheme with only four properties in the village of Thurstonfield near Carlisle.


Twelve colleagues employed

Nine more colleagues joined Fred Story’s team, taking the headcount for Story Construction to 12.


Won our first award for housing

We won our first award for housing on a 12-house scheme at Moorhouse village for ‘Quality in the Residential Environment’ from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).


Story Homes was formed

As Story Construction starts to place more and more emphasis on building high quality homes, the business splits into two distinct parts and Story Homes is formed.


1000th Sale

Story Homes celebrates the milestone of building and selling 1,000 homes.


Story Homes moves to new headquarters in Carlisle

Story Homes sees its head office staff move to Story House at Kingmoor Park. With a state-of-the-art building, the business ensures that its ready for continued growth and success.


Chancellor officially opens Headquarters in Carlisle

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne cuts the ribbon and officially opens Story House.


Prime Minister visits High Wood, Lancaster

Prime Minister at the time, David Cameron, and his wife Samantha visited one of our Lancashire developments, and commented on the high quality of our homes.


Signature Range launched

We launched our first Signature Range development – Oakland Park, Morpeth – with 39 large, detached homes that take aspirational living to the next level. The high specification includes Laura Ashley kitchens, bi-fold doors and Inglenook fireplaces.


Fred Story returns as CEO

We welcomed Fred Story back to the business as CEO.


New collection of house types launched

Focusing on open plan living and spacious family areas, Story Homes introduce a new collection of house types that will be used for all new developments and phases from 2019 onwards.


14 new show homes open to the public

Story Homes launch 14 new beautiful show homes, from the new collection of house types, to the public. These showcase our open plan layouts, modern kitchens and spacious gardens.