On location - Four photo shoots in four days
This is something that we have never attempted before but as Mark said "if the sun is shining there is no point in putting anything off until next week to find out that the weather turns and we cannot get the pictures that we would like".
Monday - The Shelford family home in Cambridgeshire
Our first call was to Foxton in Cambridgeshire to visit Mr and Mrs Shelford. The Shelford home is a hybrid design combining brick work to the ground floor and an infill panel oak frame to the first floor. Internally there is a full post and beam frame. To the rear of the house there is a sunroom that overlooks a large field that Mr Shelford owns. The plot had a small bungalow on it which Pete Tonks who carried out the house design and planning application gained permission to demolish and replace with the house that Mr and Mrs Shelford now live in.
At 3,526 ft2 this is a substantial four bedroomed home with a great amount of character.
As Mr Shelford said, “You are never too old to self-build. I started this project when I was 70 and it is the best thing I have ever done”. If you would like to read the full details of how the Shelford family gained planning consent follow the link to the full story here.
Tuesday - The Sayers family home on the Isle of Wight
On Tuesday we travelled down to the Isle of Wight to visit Mr and Mrs Sayers. This house epitomises the description of country contemporary. Set in a woodland setting with views out over a valley with mature trees and cows grazing, it is quintessential England. Mike who is from a computer technical background was extremely interested in using technology within the build wherever possible. This is shown in the use of PV cells and solar tubes on the roofs linked with an air source heat pump and a complete understanding of how these systems work and link together.
Darren Blackwell carried out the architectural design with Dave his business partner looking after the onsite project management. A local island building company MCM carried out the general build to a very high standard.
Oakwrights supplied planning services design of the oak frame and encapsulation plus supply and erect of these items. Julian Pilkington carried out the design of the oak frame. Steve Laws designed the Light Wall encapsulation system for walls and roof and Ross Jude and team erected the oak frame and fitted all the panels.
This house has won an LABC award and is now going forwards to the national finals.
If you would like to read the full details of how the Sayers family gained planning consent follow this link to the full story here.
Wednesday - The Howard family home in Berkshire
Wednesday found us close to Highclere with David and Dawn Howard at their home designed by Oakwrights architecutral designer John Williams. David and Dawn’s home nestles peacefully into the Berkshire countryside. David had owned the plot with an old bungalow sitting on it since the early 1990s. The house extends to 2988 ft2 and incorporates four bedrooms with en-suite and a family bathroom. The site is gently sloping and these levels have been used as a great advantage in the construction of a large deck to the rear of the house looking down into the woodland beyond. The deck gives a wonderful area to enjoy an evening glass of wine before you relax in the hot tub.
If you would like to read the full details of how the Howard family gained planning consent follow this link to the full story here.
Thursday - The Rayner family home in Berkshire
Finally Thursday found Mark and I in Pangbourne Berkshire with Darren and Jane Rayner at their mini manor house hidden on a wooded hillside overlooking the river Thames. This again is a house that Oakwrights architectural designer Darren Blackwell designed and gained the planning consent for. The original property on the site was used as a guidance for the style of the new house and with hard work and diligence Darren gained consent for a home of 5,772 ft2 including a full basement.
Roland Horwood, Oakwrights design team manager put together the oak frame design and Derrick Whittaker produced the building regulation drawings.
Darren Rayner project managed the build himself using a number of local handpicked tradesmen. I know I can honestly say that Darren thoroughly enjoyed this process even while setting up his new business Kingdom Coffee - www.kingdomcoffee.co.uk
These are just a sample of the pictures that will generate magazine and website case studies as the year progresses and we make our way towards 2014. Watch this space...