AN AMAZING OAK FRAMED FAMILY HOME ON A HILLTOP IN KENT
A planning consent story from the perspective of oakwrights architectural designer, Pete Tonks:
This project holds fond memories for me as it was one of my earlier joint projects with T J Crump Oakwrights back in 2007/2008. The brief for Project Hilltop was to provide a new oak home for a really great couple with a young family.
The site was pretty much textbook dream scenario... rural location, check... accessed down a nice winding track road with minimum neighbours, check... a woodland to one end of the plot, check.. open countryside views, check.. you get the picture anyway. It was just perfect...
However, the existing white weather boarded bungalow that sat on the site was far from perfect and was beyond economical upgrade. The dwelling was originally constructed in the 1940's and had been subject to extensions over the years to all 4 elevations. As a result of the extensions, the footprint was of a decent size but the property suffered from poor levels of natural daylight and had no positive attributes in terms of thermal performance and carbon demand.
I had to approach this project from a slightly different perspective than normal as the clients worked within the industry with combined experience in land valuation and acquisitions as well as being chartered surveyors. As such, it was agreed that I would still create the concept for the site, design the scheme and produce all of the drawn content for the application but that the clients would prepare supporting statements, complete the planning forms and negotiate with the planners leading up to and during the planning application.