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award winning design oak home case study

THE BEST TRADITIONAL HOME AWARD CASE STUDY

AWARD WINNING OAK FRAME DESIGN

VOTED 'BEST TRADITIONAL HOME' IN THE HOMEBUILDING AND RENOVATING MAGAZINE AWARDS.

 

Armed with just a few details about the project, it certainly sounded like a great opportunity for these enthusiastic self-builders to create a beautiful new home. With a four hour journey ahead of us, we could only hope that the site matched its potential. Within just a mile of the sea, in a beautiful Norfolk village, the site did not disappoint. Located at the bottom of their existing mature garden, the proposed build area had even better views than the house the couple were living in. To describe the view does not do it justice, but the images on these pages should help. The plot looks out over an old harbour, no longer full of water but a beautiful meadow, formed as a result of land-reclamation. 


From the beautiful period property that the couple were residing in, they had realised the great possibilities that their garden plot offered them. They could build themselves a tailored home, with an open-plan contemporary feel; in a space that would take advantage of the views and the sunlight that their current home simply could not offer.

 

There was ample mature garden to enable a sensible sub-division without spoiling either property, with driveway and parking similarly feasible without compromise. Features that they wanted to incorporate included: a first floor living area that would take advantage of the spectacular views, a balcony, a generous family kitchen, dining and living space that would open seamlessly into the garden area, an elegant dining room for entertaining, four or five bedrooms and large amounts of glazing to capture the views and to flood the house with natural light. The oak frame was to be used throughout internally, with vaulted ceilings up into the pitched roof on both ground and first floors.

OAK FRAME & CONSTRUCTION COSTS

 

House Type:

4 Bedroom detached barn style house

House Size:

300m2

Construction:

Oak frame / Blockwork

Finance:

Private

Build Time:

18 months

Oak Frame:

£102,000

Plot:

£275,000

Build Cost:

£585,000

Total Cost:

£860,000

games room in oak framed house

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floor plans

frame drawings

WITH A 10AM MEETING ARRANGED ON THE NORTH NORFOLK COAST, IT WAS NECESSARY TO SET OFF IN THE EARLY HOURS OF THE MORNING, FROM THE OAKWRIGHTS HEADQUARTERS IN HEREFORDSHIRE, TO MAKE OUR FIRST VISIT TO THIS PLOT OF SUCH WONDERFUL POTENTIAL

BESPOKE TIMBER FRAME BUILDING DESIGN

 

There will always be constraints to take into account, wherever the plot. However, it's through challenging these constraints whilst looking to achieve all of the aims set out in the project brief, that the timber house design develops and becomes a reality. Because of their great affection for their current home, the principal concern for the clients was that the new building did not compromise the surrounding area. The design needed to be sympathetic to all of its neighbours, built using similarly textured and mellow materials that matched the local vernacular houses, enabling the building to blend into its setting. The principal concerns for the local authority, and The Environment Agency in particular, was to set the new building high enough to prevent any potential risk of flooding during the most extreme flood events likely in the future.

 

Only through this type of site visit and detailed conversation, is it really possible to fully appreciate all of the issues. Armed with all of the visual and written information, a truly bespoke design can begin to develop. The more complete the information gleaned at this initial meeting, the more likely to achieve a satisfactory design early on in the process - and I am happy to say that is what happened with this project. With only a few minor alterations between the initial sketches and the finished drawings, the planning application was soon ready to submit. Having dealt with the critical issues raised by the local authority, which had all been flagged up early on in pre-application negotiations, the application was approved without alteration.

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a truly bespoke design can begin to develop
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HOMEBUILDING AND RENOVATING MAGAZINE AWARD WINNERS

These particular self-builders also happened to own their own building company and so decided to project manage the construction of the new home. As plans for the new house began to take shape however, the couple began to have doubts as to whether they could tear themselves away from their much-loved period property. Until - a solution presented itself. When a family relative realised there was an opportunity to become the owner of this unique house being built in such a beautiful coastal setting – the die was cast.

 

With all these unique factors in place: the prominent position, detailed design requirements and reference to the local vernacular given great consideration, extended family involvement in the project - it was with great pride for this Oakwrights Architectural Designer that the house was given the award of 'The Best Traditional Home' in the Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine Awards.


John Williams - Oakwrights Architectural Designer

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