Planning for Rachel and Darren’s new home was passed within a few months. The key conditions being:
• That the replacement dwelling be no bigger than the original house.
• Archaeologists must be on site at certain parts of the demolition and ground excavation stages. This was mainly due to the importance of the historical ponds located on the plot.
• Both a flood risk assessment and wildlife report must be undertaken.
Due to the old house being demolished and a new house being built the Luke’s required a suitable place to live. A number of wooden stables on the plot were replaced with a new oak frame garage with room over. The new garage and room over gave the family a spacious kitchen, living and dining space along with two bedrooms. Due to the issues with flooding the garage was built on 33 piles, hinting at what lay ahead with the main house build.
Overhead power cables were also removed with new cables being sunk into the ground. Taking into account the Luke’s wishes for a modern family home with character, the new house was designed by Oakwrights Architectural Designer John Williams.
Darren explained with the main house build that “once the old floor slab came up, we discovered the remnants of a Victorian cottage, as well as another earlier wall”. Once again, the archaeologists were called to oversee the demolition.
THE DREAM HOME
“We had met a couple who live near to here whose timber-framed house we had seen and admired,” said Rachel. “We spoke to them to get advice; their oak frame was also from Oakwrights. To counteract the flooding problems the new house was raised one metre above ground level and a total of 81 five-metre piles had to be put in underneath” says Darren. Having dreamt for years about their ideal home, Rachel and Darren already had a clear idea of what they wanted from the space while John Williams brought their dreams alive.