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IAN AND SUE APPLIED THEIR PROJECT MANAGEMENT SKILLS TO THE BUILD OF THEIR NEW OAK FRAMED HOME

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IAN AND SUE APPLIED THEIR PROJECT MANAGEMENT SKILLS TO THE BUILD OF THEIR NEW OAK FRAMED HOME

 

The plot was fourteen miles away from their home in York, set in a private courtyard of two other houses built around 14 years ago. One of the other owners within the courtyard had bought the plot along with their house five years earlier and was now looking to sell. Ian and Sue acquired the plot for £185,000 with planning consent.


The plot came with an existing planning consent that was in the same style as the other two neighbouring houses, natural York stone with thatched roofs in a traditional style. Ian & Sue decided that they did not want to alter the existing planning consent too much, but after meeting members of the Oakwrights team at the NEC Home Building & Renovating show they decided to incorporate an oak frame into their build to give it added character. Ian & Sue got on well with David Grey of the Oakwrights team and liked his proactive approach to moving the project forwards. The amendments to the planning took three months to gain, which was quite a smooth process. Ian and Sue’s background is project management of large marketing campaigns for multinational companies.

As they had just sold their business they decided to apply their project management skills to the build of their new home. Ian commented that project management is about having an eye for detail and being well organised. Oakwrights were contracted to produce building regulation drawings, and to design, supply and erect the oak post & beam frame along with the softwood enclosure panels and cut roof. Ian took the building regulation drawings produced by Oakwrights and went out to tender to individual subcontractors for all other elements of the whole build.

OAK FRAME HOUSE COST

 

Overall the build is to a very high standard which makes the £320,000, including £70,000 for oak frame and panels from Oakwrights, total build cost a real tribute to Ian and Sue’s project management skills. The Oakwrights garage and landscaping cost an additional £30,000 bringing the total project cost including plot to a very reasonable £530,000 for what is a truly fantastic house using top quality materials.

 

Read more about the variables that impact on your overall oak frame house cost and factors that will dictate your self-build budget. 

 

 

Total house size:

2,667 ft2

Build cost:

£ 120 ft2 

House type:

Four bedroomed oakpost & beam house

Warranty:

NHBC Solo

Building regs:

Local Authority 

£70,000 for oak frame and panels from Oakwrights,

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CREATING THE OAK HOME

 

The subcontractors were chosen based on how Ian felt he could get on with them working together, their apparent flexibility, professionalism and of course cost. Generally, Ian felt that he made his choice correctly, although some subcontractors did prove to be easier to work with than others. The general carpenter proved to be a very good choice and was very helpful, and used his time to apply a high quality of finish to the oak home project. If there was a weakness in the subcontractors it was in not keeping Ian and Sue as informed as they would have liked to have been if costs were increasing as the project moved forwards.

 

SOURCING CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS

 

All materials were negotiated for and bought by themselves, including the water reed for the thatch that was bought from Poland.  Ian focussed upon the main building work and management of the workforce throughout the year long build programme whilst Sue handled all financial aspects of the build as well as the interior design, layout of kitchen and bathrooms and the general finishes they wanted to achieve.

 

THE SELF-BUILD PROCESS

 

When asked about the high and low points of the self build process Ian started with the lows. He said that he thought he had reached an agreement to discharge his foul water into a neighbour’s treatment plant, but after laying the drainage pipes to fall in the correct direction he found out that things were not going to work out. The drainage pipes all had to be dug up and re-laid in a different direction to a treatment plant on Ian & Sue’s plot. Ian commented that in the end, while costing more, this was for the better as it means that all of his services are self contained within the plot, which will make it much easier in the future should he wish to sell. The main high point of the construction was the erection of the oak frame. Ian said that the Oakwrights team worked hard and efficiently and his main frame was completed in four days, followed by the softwood panels and the softwood cut roof. From a slab on Monday the frame grew to the skeleton of a complete house by Thursday evening.

IAN AND SUE FOUND THEIR BUILDING PLOT THROUGH PLOTFINDER IN 2005. THEY HAD BEEN CASUALLY LOOKING FOR THREE YEARS SO WERE QUITE PLEASED WHEN THE ONE THIRD OF AN ACRE PLOT WAS BOUGHT TO THEIR ATTENTION BY THIS SEARCH FACILITY.

IAN AND SUE FOUND THEIR BUILDING PLOT THROUGH PLOTFINDER IN 2005
There is full under floor heating system by Polypipe on both ground and first floor
After the oak frame the next highpoint was the completion of the thatching

THATCHED ROOFING

 

After the oak frame the next highpoint was the completion of the thatching, which was carried out by one craftsman who Ian found, and lived only eight miles away from the site. The thatching was a much more gentle process than the oak frame and took six months from start to finish. The house has oak joinery throughout, including windows, doors, architrave and skirting. The skirting and architrave are bespoke to their own design. The staircase is also a bespoke oak joinery item.

 

There is full under floor heating system by Polypipe on both ground and first floor. This system was installed by a local plumber. The flooring is mainly oak engineered floor boards to the ground floor with Travertine to the kitchen area. On the first floor, there are mainly carpets on chipboard with Travertine in the main family bathroom with marble tiles in the en-suite. The electrics are a simple system with dimmer switches to all rooms.

 

THE OAK FRAMED INTERIOR SPACE

 

The open fire place that was constructed originally is now having an Invicta wood burner fitted. The internal decoration and colour scheme was put together by Sue using Farrow and Ball paints.
Ian and Sue’s favourite space is the open plan living area and kitchen, where they spend most of their time. The oak post & beam frame defines the spaces instead of dividing them. Ian says that the oak frame gives a new build fantastic character which he feels could not really be gained in any other way. The gentle movement and shrinkage of the oak frame as it settles took a little getting used to but they feel this is all part of the charm of their new home.

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