SUPERB OAK FRAME & INTERIOR DESIGN COMBINED
Sophia has kindly written her story.
It had been a long held dream to design and build our own home, and in 2005 we sold our house and rented while we began what was to be a year long search to find the perfect piece of land. We were looking for a building plot in a rural position, ideally with a couple of acres, and with beautiful views. One agent laughed at me on the phone when he heard our request and told me that I would never find it. This was like a red rag to a bull and made us even more determined! Ironically, it was a year later that the same agent advertised an open day for something that exactly fitted our requirements - and more! An equestrian property, with five and a half acres of land on a quiet country lane near the village of Benenden in Kent, and with planning permission for a replacement dwelling. The icing on the cake was the stunning countryside view surrounding half of the land, and the beautiful ancient woodland on the other.
After two crowded open days, there were 18 serious buyers who wanted it. It went to sealed bids and having stretched ourselves to the limit - we were overjoyed when we received the phone call to say that it was ours. The planning permission came with a house design that we found very ordinary and uninspiring, so we set out on a year long journey to try and change both the design and size with the council which was not to prove an easy task. After a shaky start with a local oak frame company and their recommended planning consultant, we decided to take a complete change of tack.