Oak frame pool house and gym complex at a period property in Buckinghamshire

Oak Frame Building Costs

Area: Buckinghamshire
Build Route: Oakwrights and self-managed
Build Cost: £1,440 per m2 (2019 excluding fit out)

When the Gallimore’s purchased their period property, they knew that the old leaking pool and dilapidated pool house in the garden oozed potential. The pool house would be replaced with an oak frame gym, and a pool house built alongside a slightly larger replacement pool. Both buildings used standard oak frame designs from our garage range, saving on design fees and time on the project.

 

Choosing to build with oak

“We love the quality and sustainability of oak as a material and have always preferred oak frames and the character they add to a building. The vaulted ceilings and oak roof trusses are key features that also really appealed to us in the design.” Says Mrs Gallimore

“We chose to contact Oakwrights, both on the recommendation of a friend who had an Oakwrights garage and the fact that we also pass a really nice Oakwrights house project in the neighbouring village regularly, so we could see their work first-hand” She continues.

The planning and design process

“The planning application was quite a straightforward process” explains George Allen, one of our Regional Design Consultants. “Although the new buildings are semi-substantial, we found that the development in the local area, along with the secluded nature of the plot gave us good reason to push forwards with the project. The existing pool building also meant that the replacement pool house would have not been considered additional floor space, making the overall application less of a big ask” continues George.

The bar and kitchen make it a perfect entertaining space

Key Design Features

Pool House

“In July 2019, we began the ground works for the pool house, while the oak frame arrived in April 2020. The pool house was clad and glazed within 8 weeks.” says Mrs Gallimore.

The couple decided on a modified 3-bay Highgrove garage from our single-storey garage range as the basis for their pool house. They incorporated two sets of bi-fold doors opening out onto the pool. Velux windows were placed in the roof and face glazed panels were incorporated in each gable end creating a bright and airy space. Using a slightly modified version of our Highgrove design meant that the build itself was more cost effective and being based on a standard model this allowed the project to move quickly through the earlier stages of the process.

The pool house is fitted with a bar and kitchen making it an excellent area for entertaining friends and family, away from the house.

 

“We love both our gym and pool house; we both use the gym daily and our two teenage sons use it regularly. The pool house is a great space to watch sporting fixtures and socialise with friends as we have a bar area and pool table. It has been amazing when the weather is good to have all bi fold doors open and enjoy the views out to the open fields.” explains Mrs Gallimore.

The Gym

Discussing the Gym design with George Allen he remarks, “The main requirement for design of the gym was scale, as this building needed to house all of the couple’s equipment. This, as expected dictated the floor area. The height of the building was also a consideration – allowing enough space for squat racks and an extended bar position meant that a vaulted roof was key. These elements lent themselves perfectly to a modified Gloucester room-above garage from our standard range.”

“Glazing was incorporated to the front of the building, to capture the views out towards the pool and their house. It was also important that a large proportion of the building was fully clad, as wall space was required in the gym to house the couple’s equipment and mirrors. The addition rooflights in the roof space allowed for good ventilation and light internally.” continues George.

“We love both our gym and pool house; we both use the gym daily and our two teenage sons use it regularly.  The pool house is a great space to watch sporting fixtures and socialise with friends as we have a bar area and pool table. It has been amazing when the weather is good to have all bi fold doors open and enjoy the views out to the open fields.” explains Mrs Gallimore.

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