16th September 2010 / posted by TimCrump
Tim Catches Up With Some Past Clients
As we had a project that was near completion in the same village we decided with the permission of our customers to invite the potential new customer to visit our project under construction.
Peter and Margaret Hall’s house is just about at the stage where they are going to move in. In fact they are moving in this week.
When we arrived I was really pleased with how the Oakwrights frame looked but I was just as impressed with the quality of the general construction. Chris Cox the builder had produced a fantastic job, good quality with a fine eye for detail. This is the second project that we have worked with Chris on and I am sure there will be many more to come. It is always good to work with a builder who is as enthusiastic about oak frame houses as we at Oakwrights are.
This project has been a real case of tenacity prevailing over all hurdles and difficulties. Peter and Margaret have had this plot for over six years now and gaining planning consent for the house that they desired was very difficult.
Jeremy Rawlings an architect who we work with on a regular basis had his work cut out but in the end managed to gain a consent for what is a fantastic and spacious design. Peter and Margaret liked the look of the Whitney design on page 111 of the Oakwrights design book and Jeremy used this as the basis for his design which he tweaked and enhanced to meet the Hall’s specific requirements. The end result I must say is fantastic.
This house is a traditional infill panel design with close oak studding externally incorporating Oakwrights 3i panel system that meets all the current building regulation and air tightness regulations. The 3i panel shows all the traditional oak infill panel on the outside while internally incorporating additional insulation and giving a slightly more contemporary feel.
On the front of the house there are two jettied wings with a central connecting bay that has a flying wall plate in the style of a Wealden hall house. Below the flying wall plate there is a large four light window that allows light into the main hall area and onto the staircase.
The design has been put together in a way that takes advantage of the sloping site with a basement under the one wing which incorporates Peter’s wine cellar. On the rear side of the house steps rise up from the basement level to a stone slab patio which is accessed from the kitchen dining area and the main hall way. As this elevation of the house faces south the patio is a real sun trap.
The two main features of the south elevation are a large gable with balcony that runs off the first floor sitting room and library. This balcony also gives a shaded sitting area to the side of the patio below. A dining area extends out from the kitchen that also opens onto a covered area and the patio.
Internally the house has two guest bedrooms on the ground floor of the main wing the master bedroom dressing room and en-suite on the first floor. There is a full bedroom and suite above the garage block that has its own staircase.
The first floor of the main wing has been given over to a vaulted hall which is going to be a large sitting room and library. This room has Oakwrights trade mark arch brace trusses all made by hand in our workshops.
Leading from the landing there is a glazed wall that leads into Peter’s study. I personally think that this is a really interesting space in the way that it takes light from the dormer window and with the glazed wall allows that light down into the hall area below.
The master bedroom is large and spacious with a full dressing room and en-suite. On the ground floor the main room is really the kitchen which opens onto the sun room. I can imagine that this is going to be the area where Peter and Margaret spend most of their time.
In a years time when the garden is complete this will be a fantastic looking timber house and we are hoping that we may be able to invite interested potential customers to an open day. Watch this space.
If you think that your ideas may be in line with the design of this house why not give Anthony a call at our office.