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The Difference Between A Timber Frame House & An Oak Frame House

By | Build process, Design

Timber Frame Or Oak Frame?

The wonderful thing about an oak frame is that it can be incorporated into almost any form of house construction, including timber frame, to bring a warmth and character unachievable in any other way.

Including oak frame into your timber frame house doesn’t need to be an all or nothing decision. The use of elements of oak frame in key areas can add a wow factor to the hallway, master bedroom or living area.

HERE'S WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:

The Complete Oak Home offer something rather different, not oak frame manufacturers but oak frame experts who design & build oak frame homes. 

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The one thing that has enabled us to progress is I believe finding a company that is prepared to partner with us from the very beginning and take us through planning, design/costing, tendering and build through to completion (or to any stage along the way). The Complete Oak Home offers us a way of achieving our dream by undertaking those tasks for us. 

M SMITH - KEARY

We have both had a good look at the designs and we absolutely love them. It hugely exceeds our expectations and for this we are truly thankful of your superbly impressive work! We are so excited to think that this could be ours - you are very talented indeed.

D SMITH

Timber Frame, Oak Frame, Panelised or Stick Frame; Which Is Which?

Oak frame is a structural frame that is visible inside the house (and occasionally outside), it’s made of large section oak and is chosen for the warm and characterful aesthetic it brings to the house.

Panelised systems are made from small section (150mm x 50mm) softwood and sheet timber (like ply wood) that make up the walls of a house. They encapsulate the insulation, they can be pre-fabricated off site or fabricated on site. In an oak framed house they are often used to wrap around the oak frame to create the walls.

Panelised systems also come either open or closed. An open system doesn’t have the inner board fitted so that insulation can be installed on site. A closed system does have the inner board fitted and the insulation, vapour barriers and membranes are installed in the factory.

Stick frame is often used when referring to a panelised system that is fabricated on site.

People tend to use Timber frame as a generic term to refer to any of the above.

Timber Frame Systems

Timber framed systems have earned a rightful reputation as an economic and fast form of construction.

Having been fabricated off site, from drawings provided by the designer, panelised systems or kits arrive on site once the ground work is complete. This enables the self-builder to get wind and weather tight quickly.

If we’ve designed oak frame into your house we’ll ensure that it works seamlessly with the timber frame.

Timber frame kits come in all sorts of guises, open panel, closed panel, structural, non-structural, pre-fabricated or on site fabrication. The one best suited to your project will depend on a plethora of options, how much insulation you want, what type of insulation you want, which offers the most efficient solution, site conditions, access and so on.

When you’re working with us we’ll talk you through the options and help you make an informed choice.

How Much Will A Timber Frame House Cost Me?

One of the first things you are likely to want to know is how much an oak timber frame house is likely to cost you. Because of the nature of self-building a new house you won’t be able to get a fixed price on day one. It is an iterative process that should run alongside the development of the design for your house. However you’ll need to know if your project and budget are feasible and we can certainly give you some guidance.

Our cost control process gives clients their lifetime home

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Upside down oak frame house in rural Cornwall

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Oak frame home sketch

Launching Our Self-Build Video Series

By | Are we the right fit?, Build process, Contract, Costs, Design, FAQs, News, Planning, Risks, Value, Videos

Creating the Self-Build Video Series

 

We have created a how to build a house course for our clients. Many clients come to us completely in the dark about the whole process of building a house. They often find that a lot of resources out there are unreliable, outdated, and not realistic. We are completely committed to providing our clients with plenty of help and thoughts this would be the perfect time to create a video series giving them all the information they need through their home-building journey.

Our main objective that we wanted to achieve through this project was to provide solid and easy to understand information and to be a company which our clients would come to for self-build resources.

We set out to plan out the content we wanted to include for our viewers. Using our road map as a guidance, download here for FREE (link Road Map freebie), we listed the process which a typical client goes through to get their dream home. We then broke it down into 9 separate topics as follows:

  • Design and Build Process
  • Project Appraisal
  • Up To Planning
  • The Planning Process
  • The Construction Package
  • Value Engineering
  • Tender Vs Negotiated Process
  • Build Contract
  • The Role of a Contract Administration

Everything you need to kick-start your turnkey bespoke home project.

Why we created it

The aim of creating this video was to give people information they may not already have. We want our viewers to be confident they know what is involved in the process of building a house, including the risks and pitfalls. There’s a huge misconception from builders about what goes on behind the scenes who often make the process sound very straight forward, quick, and often refer to unrealistic costs. Sadly, that’s not always the case. We go above and beyond to make sure you’re leaving your screen with confidence of how to build a house. We give you an accurate portrayal of all the different steps involved, and guidance and advice to make sure you’re working towards a realistic time and budget.

 

How we created it

Although we have used our own resources before this for creating videos for our Youtube channel, we concluded that this was to be more successful with a professional videographer who could provide the equipment as well as the editing skills. We felt this would be more suitable for what we were envisioning for the videos. Green Kiwi Productions was recommended to us and, after looking at their work and discussing their offerings, we felt confident they could deliver what we were looking for. They offered a very casual approach to presenting the videos which was exactly what we were after.

Working alongside Green Kiwi Productions, we discussed various ideas and ways to present this. The key priority was to make it personal and in a casual setting. We wanted to give it a quite informal approach and keep them short and to the point so that our audience would remain captivated and understand the information.

If you haven’t yet discovered our self-build video series but would like to sign up to receive them for free then please click below!

IF YOU HAVE A PLOT, AND WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ONE OF OUR PROJECT ADVISORS ABOUT GETTING PLANNING PERMISSION, BUDGETING, BUILDING COSTS OR ANYTHING ELSE RELATING TO BUILDING A BESPOKE HOME, SCHEDULE A CALL HERE TO PICK OUR BRAINS!

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HERE'S WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:

The team worked with us throughout the duration of our project, from the early design stages through to completion. We now have a wonderful oak framed home which we’ve been delighted to show to many other clients.

K HANSON

Because we used an architect first who was absolutely useless. He didn’t listen to us at all or give us a design that we wanted. In fact his design was so poor that I could have drawn it myself or just copied it straight from the internet. When we spoke to The Complete Oak Home you actually listened to us and provided us with a design that met all of our requirements.

B MERRON

We have both had a good look at the designs and we absolutely love them. It hugely exceeds our expectations and for this we are truly thankful of your superbly impressive work! We are so excited to think that this could be ours - you are very talented indeed.

D SMITH

Ceiling showing exposed oak frame beams

Why Is It Difficult To Find A Builder For Your Project?

By | Build process, Design

Why Is It Difficult To Find A Builder For Your Project?

 

We are often asked how we manage to have such a strong network of good available builders working on our projects. We hear people say that there aren’t any builders available in their area for the next year. How do we do it?

Firstly, let’s understand why there is a perception that good builders are in short supply.

Builders must often tender for work and might only have a success rate of 15% – 20%. It takes a great deal of time for them to put together a properly considered tender where they can be confident they’ll be competitive without being at undue risk of losing money.

It follows that competent builders will only price jobs where they are confident they have sufficient information to do so properly. Comprehensive information also means that anyone else tendering will be doing so on a like for like basis. It means that the project is real, and a meaningful investment has already been made in getting a good end product.

Few builders will price a job based on planning drawings. Some might price a job on building regulations drawings, but these will be very short on detail. Competent builders will only price a good set of construction drawings and a detailed specification.

So, some builders will decline to price projects, saying they are too busy when they really mean the project doesn’t warrant the time they will have to invest. Being unable to get builders to price a scheme probably has less to do with availability and more to do with the quality of the documentation and likelihood of them winning the job on a fair price.

IF YOU HAVE A PLOT, AND WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ONE OF OUR PROJECT ADVISORS ABOUT GETTING PLANNING PERMISSION, BUDGETING, BUILDING COSTS OR ANYTHING ELSE RELATING TO BUILDING A BESPOKE HOME, SCHEDULE A CALL HERE TO PICK OUR BRAINS!

Tendering versus a negotiated contract

The two most widely recognised ways of getting to a fixed price for a bespoke home building project are tender or negotiated contract. When tendering, a pack of information is sent to several builders, all of whom will price for the job. With a negotiated contract, one preferred builder is selected, and a price is negotiated.

If you tender, you can’t involve the builder until the construction package is ready. With a negotiated contract the builder can be involved much earlier in the process. Providing you can be satisfied that they are giving a fair price they can be confident of getting the job.

If friends and neighbours tell you they can’t get anyone to price building work, don’t read too much in to it.

Why we can get builders when we need them

  • We involve the builder early on, so they know the project is going forward
  • We nearly always work on a negotiated contract basis, so the builder has greater confidence he will get the job (providing we can reach a fair price) and will be willing to schedule it in to their programme of work much earlier than in the tendering process
  • Builders like to work with us because of the projects we do, and they know our approach is fair and collaborative rather than the somewhat adversarial nature of many building projects. They will therefore prioritise and make availability for our projects.

If you would like to talk to us regarding this subject or any issues you think may have an impact to your build, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01249 479891, we’re very happy to help.

How simple was it to find a builder for this project?

We have a builder who had worked with us on multiple projects, likes the work we do and is always keen to work with us and our clients. They are generally eager to accommodate the project into their work program.

The entrance of the oak frame house

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HERE'S WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:

Because we used an architect first who was absolutely useless. He didn’t listen to us at all or give us a design that we wanted. In fact his design was so poor that I could have drawn it myself or just copied it straight from the internet. When we spoke to The Complete Oak Home you actually listened to us and provided us with a design that met all of our requirements.

B MERRON

We had experienced difficulties with another company but from the moment we met Andy our faith in the project had been restored. He understood what we wanted and listened very carefully to our needs. He talked about structure and wood which was so interesting, and he was clearly so much more of an expert in his field than other people we had spoken to.

P MICHIELS

Building a house has been something we've been looking at for some time but to be honest we didn't really want the hassle of having to do everything ourselves. Complete Oak Home offers us a way of achieving our dream by undertaking those tasks for us.

M SMITH-KEARY

Looking for a plot

The Two Things You MUST Know When Looking For A Plot

By | Build process, Costs, Design, Planning, Risks, Value

The Two Things You MUST Know When Looking For A Plot

 

Looking for a plot of land to build on is one of the most challenging aspects of building your own home. Setting aside the normal requirements of buying a house e.g. getting the right location, access to amenities and schools and so on, you have the additional consideration of viability as a self-build plot.

There are tonnes of articles online that go into huge detail about how to find your perfect plot. At Complete Oak Home we like to keep things simple, and so have highlighted below the two most important things you need to consider. The first being plot viability and the second financial viability.

Looking For A Plot Of Land To Build On – 2 Key Things To Find Out:

1. Plot Viability

When considering the viability you should look at the likelihood of getting planning permission for the house you want to build. First look at the current use of the land and its relationship to other development. Look for a plot that already has residential use and either has a building on it or is within a development boundary. Infill plots or large gardens can present an opportunity. If you would like advice on planning viability feel free to call us. We can usually carry out some preliminary evaluation and advise you free of charge.

Next, investigate the chances of being able to put up a house of the size and style that you want. Local planning policy will guide you. If there is an existing house on the plot the policy will guide you on how much of an increase in size you will be allowed with your new house. If you want to re-locate your new house on the site there may be a natural ‘building line’ which the planners would want you to stay within.

IF YOU HAVE A PLOT, AND WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ONE OF OUR PROJECT ADVISORS ABOUT GETTING PLANNING PERMISSION, BUDGETING, BUILDING COSTS OR ANYTHING ELSE RELATING TO BUILDING A BESPOKE HOME, SCHEDULE A CALL HERE TO PICK OUR BRAINS!

2. Financial Viability

For most people financial viability is also a consideration. Once they’ve finished their project they want the property (house and land) to be worth at least as much as they have invested in it. If you intend to live in the property for a long time then you may be comfortable with a break even position or even a small loss in the short term.

How to find a plot:

  • Net based plot finding services, normally subscription based where you can set search criteria.
  • Identify the area in which you want your plot and register with estate and land agents. Keep reminding them you’re serious. In our experience you’ll drop off their radar quite quickly so a regular phone call reminds them you’re still there.
  • Some people have been very proactive, dropping leaflets through the doors of houses with large gardens that might be appropriate for splitting.

We hope this information gives you some insight into how to find a plot for your project. However, there are many things that are project specific. If you would like to talk to us about your new oak frame house please don’t hesitate to call us on 01249 479890, we’re very happy to help.

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Upside down oak frame house in rural Cornwall

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Contemporary oak frame home designed for clients overseas

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HERE'S WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:

Initially our feeling was one of relief and disbelief! A unanimous committee decision was far more than we had expected. It has still not properly sunk in nearly a week on. We feel as though our first assessment of what could be achieved on the site has been vindicated with the expertise of The Complete Oak Home and their planning team.

G & S HUNT

Having steered our project through challenging planning issues, Andy and his team worked tirelessly to ensure our new home is both what we wanted and within our means.

N RISDALE

I just want to say a huge thank you for today. You were really professional and it was a pleasure to watch. We have taken it as a positive result, albeit a delay, but I guess that’s a function of this business as well as mine! You are a real asset and we are so happy with everything you do for us, worth every penny.

D & K SMITH

How T|o Build Your Oak Frame Home

How To Build An Oak Frame Home

By | Are we the right fit?, Build process, Contract, Costs, Design, Planning, Risks, Value, Videos

How To Build An Oak Frame Home

Creating a traditionally styled bespoke oak frame home with our turnkey solution

Our clients came to us looking for a company to build a unique oak frame house using a full turnkey solution. “This house is set with a beautiful secluded glade surrounded by ancient woodlands. The aim here was to shape the architecture in such a way that it could command the site whilst not effective the openness of the green belt,” says Josh Wood, Architectural Designer on the project. “A three winged form has been proposed to achieve this. This geometry enables 3 separated courtyards to suit the client’s aspirations: A welcome entrance, raised morning garden and sunny patio.” This grand oak frame home is looking to be finished in 2018.

Bespoke Turnkey Home within woodland area
The exterior of a bespoke turnkey home showing the oak frame

IF YOU HAVE A PLOT, AND WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ONE OF OUR PROJECT ADVISORS ABOUT GETTING PLANNING PERMISSION, BUDGETING, BUILDING COSTS OR ANYTHING ELSE RELATING TO BUILDING A BESPOKE HOME, SCHEDULE A CALL HERE TO PICK OUR BRAINS!

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Our cost control process gives clients their lifetime home

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Upside down oak frame house in rural Cornwall

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Contemporary oak frame home designed for clients overseas

NEAR COMPLETION

HERE'S WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:

The team worked with us throughout the duration of our project, from the early design stages through to completion. We now have a wonderful oak framed home which we’ve been delighted to show to many other clients.

K HANSON

Because we used an architect first who was absolutely useless. He didn’t listen to us at all or give us a design that we wanted. In fact his design was so poor that I could have drawn it myself or just copied it straight from the internet. When we spoke to The Complete Oak Home you actually listened to us and provided us with a design that met all of our requirements.

B MERRON

We have both had a good look at the designs and we absolutely love them. It hugely exceeds our expectations and for this we are truly thankful of your superbly impressive work! We are so excited to think that this could be ours - you are very talented indeed.

D SMITH

Self-build turnkey

7 Ways To Turbo-Charge Your Project With A Self-Build Turnkey Solution

By | Are we the right fit?, Build process, Contract, Costs, Design, Planning, Risks

7 Ways To Turbo-Charge Your Project With A Self-Build Turnkey Solution

 

Working with a self-build turnkey company can really turbo-charge your project. You instantly benefit from the coordination, collaboration, cost efficiency and buying power of a well-established company running multiple projects. You have all the expertise you need at your fingertips, meaning you can move things forward immediately. Complete Oak Home has the most comprehensive self-build turnkey solution on the market. Here’s how it can help you turbo-charge your project.

1.     Under one roof

We do more under one roof than anyone else. Our team of architects, project coordinators, cost consultants and contract administrators are here to look after every aspect of our client’s projects.

2.    Cost control

We pay more attention to rigorous cost control than anyone else. Our robust costing processes enable us to advise our clients as they make the multitude of decisions needed to complete their project.

3.    Approach to design

Our unique approach to architectural design fully involves our clients, helping them get the house they want whilst benefiting from our architectural expertise and experience.

IF YOU HAVE A PLOT, AND WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ONE OF OUR PROJECT ADVISORS ABOUT GETTING PLANNING PERMISSION, BUDGETING, BUILDING COSTS OR ANYTHING ELSE RELATING TO BUILDING A BESPOKE HOME, SCHEDULE A CALL HERE TO PICK OUR BRAINS!

4.    Planning

We have a great track record of getting planning permission on even the most challenging of sites. Whether it’s a straight forward full planning application or a site requiring a considered planning strategy to ensure success, we can help.

5.    Third parties

Where external specialists are needed, such as ecologists and engineers, we appoint them so we have responsibility and control over their performance.

6.    Local construction teams

Working countrywide means we work with local builders to ensure good value and avoid unnecessary costs for our clients. Our construction contracts ensure our clients best interests are served.

7.    Contract administration

Throughout the construction we act as contract administrators, making sure the house is built to specification, the design doesn’t get diluted and the clients only pay the fixed price agreed under the contract.

Due to the distance between our client’s home and the project, they wanted a complete end to end design and build service

Like so many of our clients, they wanted cost control, value engineering, and have a contract administrator on site was particularly important as they live remote to the site.

upper terrace with oak beams and balcony
famiy room with white fabric couches and blue throw and cushions

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Our cost control process gives clients their lifetime home

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Upside down oak frame house in rural Cornwall

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Contemporary oak frame home designed for clients overseas

NEAR COMPLETION

HERE'S WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:

It's been something we've been looking at for some time but to be honest we didn't really want the hassle of having to do everything ourselves. The Complete Oak Home offers us a way of achieving our dream by undertaking those tasks for us.

M SMITH-KEARY

To me turnkey means that you have a safe pair of hands to look after you through the whole process. But I was also quite nervous of it because I really wanted to be involved in all of the decision making, and needed to know that I wasn’t going to left out of the process. Your turnkey service means that I am really enjoying the journey of building our dream holiday home. I get to be involved in all of the nice bits knowing that you take care of all of the stressful bits!

C NASH

“The team worked with us throughout the duration of our project, from the early design stages through to completion. We now have a wonderful oak framed home which we’ve been delighted to show to many other clients.”

K HANSON

Pitfalls for self-builders

The Top 10 Pitfalls for Self-Builders

By | Build process, Contract, Costs, Design, Planning, Risks, Value

The Top 10 Pitfalls For Self-Builders

 

If you’re in the process of trying to work out how much of your project you want to, or can take on, we’ve compiled the top 10 pitfalls for self-builders to be aware of. You may find it useful to understand more about what’s involved at various stages, which professionals would normally undertake the work, and where self-builders are at greatest risk.

1.     Getting planning permission

Getting planning can be problematic on some sites and an architect should advise on the best way to approach it.

This can be as straight forward as preparing your design and submitting a full planning application. It can be as complicated as establishing some key principles through permitted development rights before a pre-planning process, outline planning and full planning application.

Employing an architect should help you minimise your financial risk as you establish the likelihood of getting planning permission for what you want.

2.    Architectural design up to getting your planning permission

This work would normally be carried out by a qualified architect if you want to make the most of what your site offers and want a bespoke design to suit you.

To complete the design and get planning approval the architect might call on specialists to provide information he needs. These are project and site dependent but will often include a topographical survey and a phase one ecological survey. He may also require things such as a heritage statement, visual impact assessment, arboricultural survey and contamination survey to name but a few. Nearly all this information must be carried out by an accredited person if the information is to be considered valid by the planning authority.

Without the necessary information, planning permission will be delayed because the planners won’t have all the information they need. If you haven’t considered the cost associated with getting all the necessary information your budget and financial plan will suffer.

3.    Construction information

To ensure a house is built to the required design and specification, to facilitate accurate costing and allow the build contract to be administered, a comprehensive construction pack must be prepared. This pack includes a small sub-set of information required to meet building regulations.

This work is normally undertaken by an architect and/or an architectural technician. He will work out how best to build the house and often call on other experts for detailed technical information. These might for example, include specialists in home automation, heating and electrical systems or renewable energy. Once complete the information will typically comprise 30 – 40 detailed drawings and a finishes schedule.

Without this information, the design can become diluted by the building contractors. Prices provided by contractors will be unreliable as gaps in information will be replaced by assumptions to suit the contractor. Administration of the contract will be difficult, potentially costlier and requests for additional money from the contractors during the construction, almost inevitable.

4.    Budgeting and cost planning

Budgeting and cost planning for a construction project is complex. Prices change over the duration of the design development, there are a myriad of interrelated components and there is no standard approach.

During the early stages of the design the architect should be considerate of the likely build cost of his proposed design. As the scheme develops a quantity surveyor or cost consultant will sometimes be engaged to further refine the estimated costs. Finally, a price will be put against the scheme either through a negotiated contract process with a nominated contractor or through a tendering process.

Without a robust approach to budgeting and cost planning the self-builder can find they have planning permission for something they can’t afford to build. It is quite possible this fact won’t emerge until all the architectural work is complete and significant cost incurred.

5.    Contracts

The construction contract would normally be prepared by an architect, project manager or contract administrator. The most commonly used type is a JCT (Joint Construction Tribunal) contract. To be robust it must be supported by a comprehensive set of information (the construction pack).

A poorly prepared contract, open to individual interpretation, is difficult to administer fairly and inevitably leads to adversarial relationships between the parties. In turn this results in budget and programme overrun with all the associated costs and angst.

IF YOU HAVE A PLOT, AND WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ONE OF OUR PROJECT ADVISORS ABOUT GETTING PLANNING PERMISSION, BUDGETING, BUILDING COSTS OR ANYTHING ELSE RELATING TO BUILDING A BESPOKE HOME, SCHEDULE A CALL HERE TO PICK OUR BRAINS!

6.    Getting the design you really want

You don’t want to move in to a completed house and start listing the things you wish you’d done differently otherwise you might as well have bought a house off the open market. Knowing your architect is doing a great job for you will mean being confident their listening to what you want and designing a house you’ll be able to afford to build.

7.    Staying within budget during design

Budget overrun is rightfully most people’s biggest fear. Bear in mind a professionally run construction project will involve a cost consultant or quantity surveyor. It’s worth considering the implications if your project were to overrun by 20%. We frequently see examples self-build overruns of 50% upwards.

You need to be confident at every stage, from when you apply for planning permission to when your house is completed, you’ll still be within budget. There are so many interrelated component parts to a house that cost analysis isn’t simple and with the significant costs of the substructure (below ground) and superstructure it is rarely a case of simply substituting one cost item with another.

8.    Staying within budget during construction

It’s only possible to keep within budget during the construction if you have a comprehensive set of documents, a full construction pack, on which prices have been fixed and contracts agreed. Without these the scope for misunderstanding is significant. A competent contract administrator will ensure the appropriate documents are in place and that they are adhered to by the contractors during construction.

Without a rigorous approach the self-builder can find themselves financially exposed by paying for work and materials not yet incorporated into the build. They are also likely to face claims for variations in cost from the contracts as misinterpretation of what has been priced for comes to light. These additional costs can quickly run to many tens of thousands of pounds.

9.    Programme overrun

This is perhaps the most commonly acknowledged risk of a self-build project. Whilst it is straight forward to get a main contractor to commit to a programme of work, this is almost impossible to achieve when using multiple sub-contractors. They will nearly all be dependent on other contractors on the project over whom they have no control.

The true cost of programme overrun is often overlooked with such things as the cost of alternative accommodation if you have sold your house to fund the build, additional interest on development loans before they can be converted in to a conventional mortgage and the extra cost of site attendances. Site attendances are those things shared across multiple trades such as plant and scaffolding as well as site welfare facilities which must be provided by law.

10.  Contractors going into administration or liquidation

The construction industry is peppered with contractors operating on a small scale, very good at their jobs but less able to manage their finances. Consequently, financial failure is common place.

During construction, the client should never pay for labour or materials that haven’t been incorporated in to the building. Part of the role of a contract administrator is to ensure this doesn’t happen.

In some circumstances, where bespoke products are manufactured off site, an advance payment may be required. In this case a vesting certificate should be issued by the contractor to ensure any goods at their site are clearly marked as the property of the client, thus protecting them from administrators should the business fail.

If you wanted to see what’s needed before actual construction, this post all about pre-construction packs may be useful to you.

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Our cost control process gives clients their lifetime home

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Upside down oak frame house in rural Cornwall

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Contemporary oak frame home designed for clients overseas

NEAR COMPLETION

HERE'S WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:

The Complete Oak Home offer something rather different, not oak frame manufacturers but oak frame experts who design & build oak frame homes. 

HOMEBUILDING & RENOVATING MAGAZINE

The one thing that has enabled us to progress is I believe finding a company that is prepared to partner with us from the very beginning and take us through planning, design/costing, tendering and build through to completion (or to any stage along the way). The Complete Oak Home offers us a way of achieving our dream by undertaking those tasks for us. 

M SMITH - KEARY

We have both had a good look at the designs and we absolutely love them. It hugely exceeds our expectations and for this we are truly thankful of your superbly impressive work! We are so excited to think that this could be ours - you are very talented indeed.

D SMITH

The Right Design And Build Partner

3 Top Tips For Choosing The Right Design And Build Partner

By | Are we the right fit?, Build process

3 Top Tips For Choosing The Right Design And Build Partner

 

Designing and building a house is complex, so it’s imperative you find the right design and build partner to work with. Unless you know a lot about it you are bound to feel, at some point, you are making a leap of faith. You’re entrusting your project, and perhaps one of the biggest decisions and financial commitments of your life, to other people.

You will be working with those people for somewhere between 18 and 24 months. Not only do you need confidence they can do their job, you probably want to enjoy working with them.

So how will the leap of faith become one you can make? Listed below are the three key areas we feel you should look into when choosing your design and build partner.

1.     Processes

Have confidence in the process. Look at how different design and build partners will go about delivering your bespoke home. Does it make sense to you? Find out what their approach is to things such as project viability, design, cost control, procurement routes, value engineering, contract preparation and contract administration.

IF YOU HAVE A PLOT, AND WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ONE OF OUR PROJECT ADVISORS ABOUT GETTING PLANNING PERMISSION, BUDGETING, BUILDING COSTS OR ANYTHING ELSE RELATING TO BUILDING A BESPOKE HOME, SCHEDULE A CALL HERE TO PICK OUR BRAINS!

2.    Expertise

Look at the skills and expertise of the team you’ll be working with. Are they qualified to do the job? For example, there’s a big difference between being a qualified architect compared with an architectural designer. The ideal solution is to work with a multi-disciplinary team of fully qualified architects, and architectural technicians, that are supported by project coordinators and cost consultants who work collaboratively and efficiently all under one roof.

 3. People

The clear majority of people in the construction industry spend their time working with industry professionals, designing and building commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, mass housing and so on. They spend their waking hours speaking industry language, they all understand how the processes work. They never need to consider that someone might need an explanation in a language they can understand. Choose a design and build partner who selects their staff for their passion for working with clients and helping them to realise their dreams, who take time to really understand what you want and need from your project. Staff that specialise in guiding and advising clients throughout the process, in the full knowledge that for many this is a once in a lifetime experience, and one that should be enjoyed.

 “From being nervous about the project, we now feel confident and are enjoying the process. We are looking forward to when it’s complete, inviting you to come and experience what you have helped create for us.” Mr Hammond, North West.

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Upside down oak frame house in rural Cornwall

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HERE'S WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:

The team worked with us throughout the duration of our project, from the early design stages through to completion. We now have a wonderful oak framed home which we’ve been delighted to show to many other clients.

K HANSON

Because we used an architect first who was absolutely useless. He didn’t listen to us at all or give us a design that we wanted. In fact his design was so poor that I could have drawn it myself or just copied it straight from the internet. When we spoke to The Complete Oak Home you actually listened to us and provided us with a design that met all of our requirements.

B MERRON

We have both had a good look at the designs and we absolutely love them. It hugely exceeds our expectations and for this we are truly thankful of your superbly impressive work! We are so excited to think that this could be ours - you are very talented indeed.

D SMITH

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When Should You Contact Us?

By | Build process, FAQs, Planning

When Should You Contact Us?

 

It’s never too early or late to contact us. We work with clients who are at all different stages of their project to help make it a success.Whether you’re wondering if you can get planning permission on your land, or you already have it, we can help.

Have a plot, but don’t have planning –  we have a high success rate for getting planning approval for complex planning applications in all areas of the country.

We can work alongside your current planning consultant or planning lawyer or we can take care of the entire process.

It’s never too early to contact us.

If you are at the wondering stage we’re happy to provide advice over the phone without charge. One of our project consultants can look at your plot on line, and give you guidance on how the relevant policies will affect your chances of getting planning permission.

If the site has merit, we can undertake a more comprehensive Desktop Study.

IF YOU HAVE A PLOT, AND WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ONE OF OUR PROJECT ADVISORS ABOUT GETTING PLANNING PERMISSION, BUDGETING, BUILDING COSTS OR ANYTHING ELSE RELATING TO BUILDING A BESPOKE HOME, SCHEDULE A CALL HERE TO PICK OUR BRAINS!

Already have planning – take advantage of our unique cost control processes or turnkey solution.

If you already have planning permission then contact us straight away, as there is still a lot do to ensure the success of your project; construction drawings, building regulations submission, satisfying planning conditions, SAP calculations, engineering calculations, cost planning, contract preparation and contract administration to name a few.

With our in-house cost consultants, we are uniquely placed to guide and advise as your project develops, as you make the multitude of decisions needed, to keep your project within your intended budget.

Our turnkey solution significantly reduces the risk of budget overrun, falling fowl of your obligations under CDM (Construction Design Management) and programme slippage.

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NEAR COMPLETION

HERE'S WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:

Initially our feeling was one of relief and disbelief! A unanimous committee decision was far more than we had expected. It has still not properly sunk in nearly a week on. We feel as though our first assessment of what could be achieved on the site has been vindicated with the expertise of The Complete Oak Home and their planning team.

G & S HUNT

Having steered our project through challenging planning issues, Andy and his team worked tirelessly to ensure our new home is both what we wanted and within our means.

N RISDALE

I just want to say a huge thank you for today. You were really professional and it was a pleasure to watch. We have taken it as a positive result, albeit a delay, but I guess that’s a function of this business as well as mine! You are a real asset and we are so happy with everything you do for us, worth every penny.

D & K SMITH

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How We Are Different From Oak Frame Manufacturers

By | Are we the right fit?, Build process, Contract, Costs, Design, Risks, Value

How We Are Different From Oak Frame Manufacturers

 

1. We are different to a oak frame manufacturers because we do not make oak frames

Because we don’t manufacture oak frames, it doesn’t matter to us how much oak frame you have in your house. We believe oak frame buildings are more efficient and perform at their best when combined with other construction methods. Our architects and designers are free to give our clients exactly what they want, bringing together budget, value and design aspirations.

We create unique and stunning homes without any pressure to maximise the amount of oak frame we include.

2. We are different to oak frame manufacturers because of our complete accountability

In the first few weeks of your project we will do a thorough evaluation of your aspirations, your plot and project costs. We will be with you at the end of your project to be held accountable for delivering it within the budget we have agreed.

We offer a fully joined up approach which is different to oak frame manufacturers because we have a contractual responsibility to our clients throughout the whole process.

3. We are different to oak frame manufacturers because we have a unique cost control process

Safe in the knowledge your dream home can be achieved within your budget, our ongoing unique cost control process is designed to ensure we achieve best value for money for your build.

Good cost control has to start with good design. Not only working to the agreed budget, but ensuring the building is optimised for oak frame construction. As we’re not oak frame manufacturers we aren’t constrained by the need to maximise the extent of the oak frame.

By working with us, and taking advantage of our industry knowledge and expertise, you can expect to save 10-15% on your total project costs, compared with self-managing.

IF YOU HAVE A PLOT, AND WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ONE OF OUR PROJECT ADVISORS ABOUT GETTING PLANNING PERMISSION, BUDGETING, BUILDING COSTS OR ANYTHING ELSE RELATING TO BUILDING A BESPOKE HOME, SCHEDULE A CALL HERE TO PICK OUR BRAINS!

HOW WE WORK WITH OUR CLIENTS

A successful self-build project is the culmination of the skills, expertise and quality of a multitude of experts, services and products. It requires a continuous chain of responsibility from end to end by someone who has the client’s best interests at heart. A product manufacturer, whether they manufacture windows, concrete or oak frames has a vested interest in promoting their own products.

At Complete Oak Home our team of experts advise and help you, as you make all of the necessary decisions. From discussions on project feasibility, design, planning and build – right up to the day we hand you the keys to your dream home. We understand this journey is an intensely personal process and believe it should start with an experienced team who really care. We specialise in working with clients who want to build their home, but don’t want to be self-builders or self-manage their project.

Our team is multi-disciplinary comprising of architects, engineers, construction specialists, cost experts and project coordinators. We work closely together from the start of your project to ensure the house we design and build suits your lifestyle, meets your design aspirations, and comes within your budget.

We don’t just recommend third party builders, tradesman and suppliers. We coordinate them all for you and take responsibility for the whole project from start to finish. We have a contractual responsibility to our clients throughout the whole process.

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Upside down oak frame house in rural Cornwall

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Contemporary oak frame home designed for clients overseas

NEAR COMPLETION

HERE'S WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:

Because we used an architect first who was absolutely useless. He didn’t listen to us at all or give us a design that we wanted. In fact his design was so poor that I could have drawn it myself or just copied it straight from the internet. When we spoke to The Complete Oak Home you actually listened to us and provided us with a design that met all of our requirements.

B MERRON

We had experienced difficulties with another company but from the moment we met Andy our faith in the project had been restored. He understood what we wanted and listened very carefully to our needs. He talked about structure and wood which was so interesting, and he was clearly so much more of an expert in his field than other people we had spoken to.

P MICHIELS

Building a house has been something we've been looking at for some time but to be honest we didn't really want the hassle of having to do everything ourselves. Complete Oak Home offers us a way of achieving our dream by undertaking those tasks for us.

M SMITH-KEARY

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What Is The Definition Of Self-Build?

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What Is The Definition Of Self-Build?

 

According to Wikipedia, the definition of self-build is “the practice of creating an individual home for oneself through a variety of different methods.” If you’ve taken even a cursory glance at self-building publications or TV programmes, you’re probably getting a case of identity crisis. Are you a self-builder? Do you need to lay bricks to qualify? Here we make some useful definitions to help you out of the mire.

Whilst these are not universally used definitions they may help you decide what companies and services will suit you best.

1. Self-build DIY

This approach is for people who can and want to undertake a certain amount of the building work themselves. This is normally because they have some of the necessary skills, are connected to the construction industry or have friends in it.

By using their own time and asking favours of friends, they expect to make cost savings on their project. They have the time and inclination to get very closely involved in the practical construction and are willing to take on the risks associated with doing so.

For those who genuinely have the appetite and expertise to carry out this role, this can be a good route.

IF YOU HAVE A PLOT, AND WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ONE OF OUR PROJECT ADVISORS ABOUT GETTING PLANNING PERMISSION, BUDGETING, BUILDING COSTS OR ANYTHING ELSE RELATING TO BUILDING A BESPOKE HOME, SCHEDULE A CALL HERE TO PICK OUR BRAINS!

2. Self-build self-managed

This approach is for people intending to source and manage multiple sub-contractors e.g. ground workers, brick layers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers etc. in the expectation this will cut out a main contractor or builder’s profit.

They may have experience in project and contract management and are willing to take on some of the risk associated with building a house and have the time to dedicate to it.

The problem with this route is it rarely offers the expected because the DIY’er doesn’t get the level of trade discount available to builders, they need to fund at least some of the VAT until the end of their project before they reclaim it, they’ll have no retentions monies to ensure trade people complete work to specification, there won’t be a rectification period as with a main contractor, and (probably worst of all), unless they have specific building experience or a really simple build, the things they miss will end up having them pay more …

3. Self-build turnkey

A turnkey solution is for people who want to be closely involved in the design and specification of their house but want one company to look after all other aspects of the project, from getting planning, value engineering, cost control through to completing the construction.

They want a high degree of cost certainty, a house built within an agreed time frame and want to minimise risks that might prevent either of these happening. They will want to be in full control of their project but have the option to dip in and out at any time in the process, either due to their own time constraints or interests.

And because it avoids the pitfalls of the self-managed build, perhaps surprisingly, it usually costs no more, or indeed can even be more cost effective!

So there you have it. Hopefully this helps to give you a better understanding of the definition of self-build and to clarify what type of self-builder you might be. In addition it may help you decide which route you want to go down in terms of turning your self-build dreams into reality.

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NEAR COMPLETION

HERE'S WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:

The Complete Oak Home offer something rather different, not oak frame manufacturers but oak frame experts who design & build oak frame homes. 

HOMEBUILDING & RENOVATING MAGAZINE

The one thing that has enabled us to progress is I believe finding a company that is prepared to partner with us from the very beginning and take us through planning, design/costing, tendering and build through to completion (or to any stage along the way). The Complete Oak Home offers us a way of achieving our dream by undertaking those tasks for us. 

M SMITH - KEARY

We have both had a good look at the designs and we absolutely love them. It hugely exceeds our expectations and for this we are truly thankful of your superbly impressive work! We are so excited to think that this could be ours - you are very talented indeed.

D SMITH

Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine Ultimate Design & Build Guide

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Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine Ultimate Design & Build Guide

 

We’re delighted to have been included in the Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine Ultimate Design & Build Guide, and singled out as offering something different with our unique turnkey solution….

 

HBR Ultimate Design & Build Article Feb 2017

 

IF YOU HAVE A PLOT, AND WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ONE OF OUR PROJECT ADVISORS ABOUT GETTING PLANNING PERMISSION, BUDGETING, BUILDING COSTS OR ANYTHING ELSE RELATING TO BUILDING A BESPOKE HOME, SCHEDULE A CALL HERE TO PICK OUR BRAINS!

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Our cost control process gives clients their lifetime home

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Contemporary oak frame home designed for clients overseas

NEAR COMPLETION

HERE'S WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:

The team worked with us throughout the duration of our project, from the early design stages through to completion. We now have a wonderful oak framed home which we’ve been delighted to show to many other clients.

K HANSON

Because we used an architect first who was absolutely useless. He didn’t listen to us at all or give us a design that we wanted. In fact his design was so poor that I could have drawn it myself or just copied it straight from the internet. When we spoke to The Complete Oak Home you actually listened to us and provided us with a design that met all of our requirements.

B MERRON

We have both had a good look at the designs and we absolutely love them. It hugely exceeds our expectations and for this we are truly thankful of your superbly impressive work! We are so excited to think that this could be ours - you are very talented indeed.

D SMITH

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10 Things To Ask To Make Sure You’re Going To Get A Complete Turnkey Solution

By | Are we the right fit?, Build process, Risks

10 Things To Ask To Make Sure You’re Going To Get A Complete Turnkey Solution

 

There are many companies who claim to offer a complete turnkey solution, but in reality what they offer varies considerably.

So how do you tell if a company really does offer a complete turnkey solution?

To help, we’ve put together a list of questions that you should ask any company you’re considering working with, right at the very start:

  1. Is your team made up of multi-disciplinary experts?
  2. Do you ensure the whole project is delivered within budget?
  3. Do you have a contractual responsibility to your clients throughout the whole process?
  4. Do you have ongoing cost review systems in place to ensure you achieve best value?
  5. Can you help me save 10-15% on my project compared with self-managing?
  6. Do you have everything under one roof?
  7. Do you manufacture any product used in the build or are you independent?
  8. Do you just recommend third party builders, tradesmen and suppliers or do you coordinate everything for me?
  9. Do you take responsibility for the project from start to finish?
  10. Are you my one main point of contact for the whole project?

At Complete Oak Home we work with you right from initial project discussions to when you get the keys.

We work on bespoke builds and are oak frame specialists, however, because we are independent and don’t manufacture oak frames, we create designs that incorporate as much or as little oak frame as you want, and sometimes none at all.

Building an oak frame home tailored to the aspirations of our clients using our full turnkey solution

Our clients wanted to replace the existing dwelling with a new bespoke oak frame home tailored to suit their lifestyle. They approached us knowing they wanted a full turnkey solution. This is because they had converted a barn and completely refurbished a big house prior to this project, so were aware of the pitfalls of dealing with a multitude of different people and services.

The entrance of the oak frame house
The oak frame house interior with fire place showing exposed oak beams

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IF YOU HAVE A PLOT, AND WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ONE OF OUR PROJECT ADVISORS ABOUT GETTING PLANNING PERMISSION, BUDGETING, BUILDING COSTS OR ANYTHING ELSE RELATING TO BUILDING A BESPOKE HOME, SCHEDULE A CALL HERE TO PICK OUR BRAINS!

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Our cost control process gives clients their lifetime home

IN BUILD

Upside down oak frame house in rural Cornwall

COMPLETED

Contemporary oak frame home designed for clients overseas

NEAR COMPLETION

HERE'S WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:

It's been something we've been looking at for some time but to be honest we didn't really want the hassle of having to do everything ourselves. The Complete Oak Home offers us a way of achieving our dream by undertaking those tasks for us.

M SMITH-KEARY

To me turnkey means that you have a safe pair of hands to look after you through the whole process. But I was also quite nervous of it because I really wanted to be involved in all of the decision making, and needed to know that I wasn’t going to left out of the process. Your turnkey service means that I am really enjoying the journey of building our dream holiday home. I get to be involved in all of the nice bits knowing that you take care of all of the stressful bits!

C NASH

“The team worked with us throughout the duration of our project, from the early design stages through to completion. We now have a wonderful oak framed home which we’ve been delighted to show to many other clients.”

K HANSON

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10 reasons to work with a turnkey company

By | Are we the right fit?, Build process, Risks

10 Reasons To Work With A Turnkey Company

 

At Complete Oak Home we work with our clients from initial discussions to the day they get the keys to their dream home.

We work on bespoke builds and are oak frame specialists, however, because we are independent and don’t manufacture oak frames, we create designs that incorporate as much or as little oak frame as our clients want, and sometimes none at all.

There are many reasons why our clients choose our turnkey service. Here’s a list of the top 10:

  1. We give cost confidence using our unique cost control process
  2. We help and support throughout the whole process so that they can enjoy the experience
  3. We reduce the risks of building a bespoke house because we have an expert in-house multi-disciplinary team
  4. We have everything under one roof so our clients have one main point of contact
  5. Our clients don’t need any house building knowledge or experience
  6. We offer advice and guidance at every step of the decision making process
  7. We undertake an in-depth feasibility study of their project before they fully commit to us
  8. There is no ‘service charge’ for turnkey, as turnkey is not a separate service, it simply means a company with everything under one roof
  9. We work very closely with our clients to ensure they are not excluded from important decisions
  10. We design one-off bespoke homes ensuring clients get exactly what they want

If you’re interested in working with a turnkey company, and would like a FREE phone consultation on the feasibility of your project, please call our project consultant, Alan Chilton-Bates, on 01249 479890.

Looking for a company with a joined up approach for their project, our clients came to us for a full turnkey solution to create their bespoke lifetime home

Our clients were looking for a company who would take care of everything from start to finish and would give them the confidence to go ahead with their project. Without using a turnkey service, they were worried that if they had to coordinate multiple third parties they would be left to sort out all sorts of things that they didn’t know anything about. Then they found us and wanted our full turnkey service, as well as our cost control process. 

Bespoke Turnkey Home within woodland area
Detailed photo showing the oak frame interior of a bespoke turnkey home

IF YOU HAVE A PLOT, AND WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ONE OF OUR PROJECT ADVISORS ABOUT GETTING PLANNING PERMISSION, BUDGETING, BUILDING COSTS OR ANYTHING ELSE RELATING TO BUILDING A BESPOKE HOME, SCHEDULE A CALL HERE TO PICK OUR BRAINS!

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Whether you want an oak frame home or a conventionally constructed house, a full turnkey solution or some architectural input, we’ll help you to reduce risk, to have confidence and to enjoy what, for many of you, will be the most important project you’ll ever undertake.

Contemporary Four Bed Family Home in a Residential Area

Three Dwelling Development in Green Belt

Taking Advantage of Far Reaching Southerly Views

A Remodel or Replace Conundrum

Complete Oak Home creates bespoke turnkey oak frame homes. We are with you throughout your project, to guide and advise you every step of the way. All our houses are one-offs designed to match the exact requirements of each client.

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The Complete Architect - oak frame specialists

Complete Architect offers a full range of architectural services, with a unique client led approach to design. We specialise in bespoke architecture, designing one-off houses to meet our client's exact needs.

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Complete Home creates bespoke turnkey houses for clients who don’t want an oak frame home. We work in the same way as Complete Oak Home, making sure we are with you throughout your project, guiding and advising you at every step.

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HERE'S WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:

It's been something we've been looking at for some time but to be honest we didn't really want the hassle of having to do everything ourselves. The Complete Oak Home offers us a way of achieving our dream by undertaking those tasks for us.

M SMITH-KEARY

To me turnkey means that you have a safe pair of hands to look after you through the whole process. But I was also quite nervous of it because I really wanted to be involved in all of the decision making, and needed to know that I wasn’t going to left out of the process. Your turnkey service means that I am really enjoying the journey of building our dream holiday home. I get to be involved in all of the nice bits knowing that you take care of all of the stressful bits!

C NASH

“The team worked with us throughout the duration of our project, from the early design stages through to completion. We now have a wonderful oak framed home which we’ve been delighted to show to many other clients.”

K HANSON

Video – Want to build your own oak frame house but don’t want to self-build?

By | Are we the right fit?, Build process, Videos

Want To Build Your Own Oak Frame House But Don’t Want To Self-build?

 

Andy Parker, Project Consultant at Complete Oak Home, describes how he works with clients who would like to build their own home, but require a planning, design and build partner to ensure their project is completed on time and on budget.

If you would like to view a PDF of the video transcript please click here.

IF YOU HAVE A PLOT, AND WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ONE OF OUR PROJECT ADVISORS ABOUT GETTING PLANNING PERMISSION, BUDGETING, BUILDING COSTS OR ANYTHING ELSE RELATING TO BUILDING A BESPOKE HOME, SCHEDULE A CALL HERE TO PICK OUR BRAINS!

We specialise in working with clients who want to build their own home, but don’t want to self build. You choose your involvement at every step and leave the rest to us.

For many of our clients, the journey to design and build their perfect home begins with a lifelong ambition or dream. When the dream becomes possible, actually getting started brings a host of sometimes daunting questions. Having decided you don’t want to be self-builders, choosing which company to work with and what makes them different can be confusing.

Our expert multi-disciplinary team of architects, engineers, construction specialists, cost experts and project managers have been creating award winning oak frame homes for over a decade and always with outstanding, dedicated and personal service.

Working with us you’ll have all the expertise and answers you need in one place. Our unique, complete service covers everything from initial discussions to moving in day.

We want you to enjoy this exciting and rewarding time, being involved where you want to and leaving the rest to us – your expert, professional project team.

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Our cost control process gives clients their lifetime home

IN BUILD

Upside down oak frame house in rural Cornwall

COMPLETED

Contemporary oak frame home designed for clients overseas

NEAR COMPLETION

HERE'S WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:

The Complete Oak Home offer something rather different, not oak frame manufacturers but oak frame experts who design & build oak frame homes. 

HOMEBUILDING & RENOVATING MAGAZINE

The one thing that has enabled us to progress is I believe finding a company that is prepared to partner with us from the very beginning and take us through planning, design/costing, tendering and build through to completion (or to any stage along the way). The Complete Oak Home offers us a way of achieving our dream by undertaking those tasks for us. 

M SMITH - KEARY

We have both had a good look at the designs and we absolutely love them. It hugely exceeds our expectations and for this we are truly thankful of your superbly impressive work! We are so excited to think that this could be ours - you are very talented indeed.

D SMITH

Video – What is a complete oak frame house turnkey solution?

By | Are we the right fit?, Build process, Contract, Costs, Design, Planning, Risks, Value, Videos

What Is A Complete Oak Framed House Turnkey Solution?

 

Andy Parker, Project Consultant at Complete Oak Home, explains what the term ‘turnkey’ means, and identifies what a complete planning, design and build turnkey service should include.

If you would like to view a PDF of the video transcript please click here.

IF YOU HAVE A PLOT, AND WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ONE OF OUR PROJECT ADVISORS ABOUT GETTING PLANNING PERMISSION, BUDGETING, BUILDING COSTS OR ANYTHING ELSE RELATING TO BUILDING A BESPOKE HOME, SCHEDULE A CALL HERE TO PICK OUR BRAINS!

As the only multi-disciplinary company specialising in the planning, design and build of oak frame homes, our turnkey house service is unique. Right from the start, our team of specialist planning consultants, architects, engineers, surveyors, cost experts and project managers will look after everything you need – and you’ll be the most important person on the team!

To find out what makes us different, click here to download a copy of our ‘How Do We Compare?’ checklist.

We’ll take expert, professional care of every aspect of the design, the management of your budget and of course the construction of your turnkey house, providing support and guidance at each step. As our client, your dreams and aspirations are at the heart of everything we do.

From turning your initial ideas into concept sketches, creating a stunning bespoke design, obtaining planning permission and project managing every meticulous detail, until we hand you the keys to your dream home. You simply relax and enjoy the process.

We specialise in working with clients who want to build their own home, but don’t want to be self-builders. You choose your involvement at every step and leave the rest up to us.

“Your turnkey house service means I’m really enjoying the journey of building our dream home. I get to be involved in the nice parts knowing you take care of the stress, there’s a safe pair of hands managing the process and I still get involved in all the decisions.” C Nash, Oxfordshire.

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Our cost control process gives clients their lifetime home

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Upside down oak frame house in rural Cornwall

COMPLETED

Contemporary oak frame home designed for clients overseas

NEAR COMPLETION

HERE'S WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:

It's been something we've been looking at for some time but to be honest we didn't really want the hassle of having to do everything ourselves. The Complete Oak Home offers us a way of achieving our dream by undertaking those tasks for us.

M SMITH-KEARY

To me turnkey means that you have a safe pair of hands to look after you through the whole process. But I was also quite nervous of it because I really wanted to be involved in all of the decision making, and needed to know that I wasn’t going to left out of the process. Your turnkey service means that I am really enjoying the journey of building our dream holiday home. I get to be involved in all of the nice bits knowing that you take care of all of the stressful bits!

C NASH

“The team worked with us throughout the duration of our project, from the early design stages through to completion. We now have a wonderful oak framed home which we’ve been delighted to show to many other clients.”

K HANSON