The Complete Oak Home


Specialist advice – what will be needed?

During the design and construction of a bespoke oak framed home a whole raft of specialist advice is needed and we draw on a range of expert consultants. Of course we’ll deal with all of these as part of our complete service. For example a project engineer will do all the calculations and a SAP consultant will work out the energy efficiency of the building. Both of these are needed to satisfy the building control officer. Other specialists may be required; environmental assessments, planning consultants, and so on.


Great value compact suburban house
Great value compact suburban house

Will I pay VAT?

For VAT purposes the construction of a new home is zero rated. In other words you won’t be charged VAT on anything relating to the construction. You will have to pay VAT on any professional services for example engineering fees, surveyor’s fees and so on.


Will you look after connecting utilities?

Yes we will. This will all be included in the cost plan. If you don’t have a utility on the site, such as mains drainage and you would like it, we’ll look at how feasible it is, get a quote for the work and discuss the options with you.


Will you demolish the old house for us?

Yes. We’ll arrange for the existing house to be demolished at a time that suits the project. Some of our clients live in their existing house while their new oak timber frame home is built alongside and in some cases the existing house has to come down before we can start.


Can I visit some of your previous projects?

Absolutely! We always respect our client’s right to privacy, but find that many are delighted to show off their wonderful new oak framed homes. Usually once we have completed the feasibility stage, and have a good understanding of what might suit you, we can arrange for you to see a home that would be most appropriate.


Will you work with us if we already have drawings or planning permission?

We frequently take on projects that are part way through the process. Because delivering excellent oak framed homes while building efficiently and cost effectively is what we do, we normally prefer to control the design. As a result, we are only interested in taking on an oak framed house project if the architectural design is to a high standard, or often, that we can complete the technical design in house.


Will you deal with the planners?

Yes. We look after all aspects of the planning process for your oak timber framed house. If we think your planning application is going to be contentious we’ll talk to you about the options available to maximise your chances of getting planning permission.


Will it cost me more to have The Complete Oak Home build my home?

The straight answer is no; in our experience it will cost you no more to have us design and build your bespoke oak frame house than if you did it yourself, and less than a non-specialist contractor.

There are several reasons for this:

Oak framed buildings are a specialism, and using us avoids surprises arising from inappropriate design or inexperienced contractors.

We have a strong focus on value for money during the design process, and however beautiful and inspirational our designs, they will also be efficient and cost effective.

Because we are not oak frame manufacturers, we do not have a vested interest in maximising the sale value of the oak frame or indeed any other component of the building. Our focus is on good architectural design, maximising value for our clients and outstanding execution.

Other reasons include our buying power, and our focus on completing a project on time also saves money.


The Complete Oak Home incorporates The Complete Architect, a RIBA Chartered Practice.