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TRADITIONALLY STYLED PROPERTY IN LOWER BASILDON

A TRADITIONAL OAK FRAMED HOME IN WEST BERKSHIRE

A PROPOSED EXTENSION TO A TRADITIONALLY STYLED ELEVATED PROPERTY IN LOWER BASILDON

 

A planning consent story from the perspective of oakwrights architectural designer Darren Blackwell

 

I was offered the opportunity to attend a meeting with Darren & Jane at their family home within the rural outskirts of the village of Lower Basildon in West Berkshire.

The site in question was one of an elevated nature with stunning views over the valley. Since Darren and Jane had taken over the ownership of the property, they had addressed various issues which were required from both a security and aesthetics point of view with regard to the boundaries to the property. This included the planting of indigenous hedgerows and the replacement of the dilapidated timber fencing.

Whilst the site as a whole was beginning to take shape, the existing dwelling upon the site was in a tired condition, desperately in need of modernising, suitable for a modern style of living. Without an extensive and inspirational remodel of the property, it was evident that the true potential of the site would never be realised.

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Within twelve months of our initial meeting, planning permission was granted for a replacement dwelling on the site

DESIGNING A TRADITIONAL OAK BUILDING

 

The initial sketch scheme for remodeling the existing property was prepared and presented to Darren & Jane a few weeks after our meeting, and a few minor tweaks to the design later, a formal planning application was submitted to the Local Authority. In June 2005 conditional approval was gained.

The proposed extensions to the property were to be in the form of traditional oak framing with rendered infill panels.

Whilst the application was going through the planning process, Darren and Jane's thoughts turned to whether a complete knockdown and rebuild would be the most cost efficient solution in achieving their dream home for them and their young family. With this in mind, it was decided to submit another planning application, this time for a replacement dwelling but based on the remodel scheme which had been approved.

OBTAINING PLANNING PERMISSION

 

One major advantage of gaining planning for the extensions and re-model, was that the percentage uplift in floor area and volume achieved, would not have been granted if we had gone straight in to the planners with a knock down and rebuild.

Whilst the design and floor layouts were based on the already approved scheme, the opportunity to accommodate a basement area and undercroft garaging arrangement was considered and duly incorporated as part of the proposal.

Within twelve months of our initial meeting, planning permission was granted for a replacement dwelling on the site. The subsequent building stage, incorporating the stunning structural oak frame was an ultimate success, typifying Darren and Jane's commitment to the build and their eye for detail.

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