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10th July 2013 / posted by AntCarroll

Working With The Inspired

David Coulter and Eddie Hudson specialise in the construction and renovation of properties in Dorset and Wiltshire with the primary focus being on producing high quality, unique homes. Following a visit to the Oakwrights stand at the Grand Designs Live show a couple of years ago, David decided to look further into the possibilities of building an oak frame house on the plot that they had recently purchased in the village of Stour Row near Shaftesbury, Dorset.

The rear view of the Woodhouse range house

After persuading Eddie to visit The Woodhouse, Oakwrights’ Show Home in Herefordshire, they decided to pursue the possibilities of building a luxury four bed house on the plot; replacing the existing pre fab bungalow. Following a second visit to Herefordshire, David felt that the design of the Oakwrights’ Show Home would suit the plot size and so proceeded to use this as inspiration, creating a slightly larger and more contemporary twist on The Woodhouse. The revised design included an additional reception room and larger living room to the ground floor. Oakwrights were engaged to work with Eddie and David’s architect and in particular one of our Senior Frame Designer’s, Tim Griffiths, to produce a wonderful Post and Beam style Oak frame to meet the design brief.

Post & Beam Frame

In February 2011 the crew arrived on site to erect the frame with an initial build time of four days, but with the assistance of flood lights and working into the evening the crew completed the frame in just two and a half days.

The construction and erection of the oak frame

Eddie’s crew followed onto site constructing the remaining brick walls, timber panels and roof; and brought the building to dry shell in just four weeks. Externally coloured render, faced stone and profiled timber boards give this house a real contemporary feel with large expanses of glass to the rear. A further change of roofing materials from slate to clay makes for a really interesting appearance that works very well.

The first step within

Walking into the house you are instantly taken by the sense of space. There are some great mixtures of materials: timber and stone floors, a vast red brick fireplace and stainless steel light fittings complement the Oak frame. Upstairs the vaulted ceilings throughout show off the Oak frame against the white walls giving a great sense of light and space again with stainless steel lights throughout to give that contemporary feel.

The Living room with brick fireplaceThe kitchenWooden staircaseView past stairs towards the hallwayThe upstairs landingBedroom 1View towards the en-suiteEn-suiteBedroom 2

For further information (plan & elevations) on The Woodhouse Range of houses that Oakwrights Architectural Designers have designed, visit:



More information on our unique option to ‘Try Before You Buy’ visit:



For a virtual tour of ‘The Woodhouse’ that Stour Homes built in Dorset, take a look at their website:




Additional Notes from Anthony:

House Size: 2,800 ft2

Plot: Previously a bungalow - which was demolished.

Construction: Reinforced raft foundation slab.

Oak frame with softwood stud infill panels and stone, block and render exterior.

Build Route: Self-managed by Developer with subcontractors

Architectural design: Based on the Oakwrights’ show home, The Woodhouse – part of the Oakwrights Woodhouse Range and adapted to fit the clients brief.

Oak Frame cost: £61,585



Contact Details:

Michael Connolly

Marketing Manager

Email: Michael@oakwrights.co.uk
Direct Line: 01432 361969
Fax: 01432 361968


Images courtesy of Stour Homes.




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