Oak frame home in Cornwall

Best Architect or Designer for a Self Build Project – Build It Awards

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Best architect or designer for a self build project – Build It Awards

 

We’ve been shortlisted for the Best Architect or Designer for the Self Build Project Build It Award!

Build It said “Complete Oak Home provided a superb level of service – from specialist advice on cost control, energy efficiency and ecology through to sophisticated contract management to walk the couple through their project.”

Our client says, “As a skeptical individual who wondered what real value an architect would add to the process, you made us consider design options that we simply would never have thought about. The result is a home beyond our expectations! Your skill and expertise throughout the Contract Administration phase have saved us thousands of pounds and has de-stressed the build process. Thank you!”

Read more about this stunning Cornish oak frame home here: https://thecompleteoakhome.co.uk/portfolio/upside-down-oak-frame-house-in-rural-cornwall/

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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:

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

Rear perspective of modern family home with character

Successful Planning Appeal for Project in AONB & CNCA

By | News, Planning

Successful planning appeal for project in AONB & CNCA

 

Our clients came to us with a garden plot in the centre of an historic Cotswold market town. They wanted to build a bespoke house with lots of character, a bit of quirkiness, plenty of natural stone, to create a warm, homely environment for their family.

Being in the centre of a Cotswold town, sitting in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within a designated Conservation Area, getting planning permission for this project was always going to be a challenge. It was going to require a well-considered design, a strong planning statement to justify the development and, as proved to be the case, a good deal of tenacity.

Our architectural team love getting our clients fully engaged in the design process and this was no exception. With one of our clients frequently working abroad, setting up online meetings and sharing screens with them enabled them to fully contribute to the design process.

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!

Following what was initially considered to be fairly positive feedback from the planning authority through the pre-planning application process, we submitted a full planning application. Unfortunately, once the proposals were in the public domain several local people rallied to oppose the scheme. As is sometimes the case we took a strategic view and withdrew the application to address some of the concerns raised.

A second planning submission was made which sadly attracted further objections which we felt were unjustified. However, as is sometimes necessary we advised the client to allow the planning application to run its course so that the planning officers report would be available to us. This provides officers reasons for (in this case) refusal. In turn this gives us the potential to submit a further application addressing these specific issues or an appeal.

The principal reasons for this refusal:

  1. That the character and appearance of the scheme failed to conserve and enhance the landscape and scenic beauty of the Cotswold’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
  2. That the scheme failed to preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the Chipping Norton Conservation Area (CNCA)

We believed that the reasons for refusal were unfounded and advised our client to appeal against the decision, requesting the Planning Inspector review the reasons for its refusal.

The Planning Inspector agreed with us that the design was high-quality which will indeed enhance the landscape and scenic beauty of the AONB, and the character of the Conservation Area.

In April 2019 we were successful in winning the appeal and getting planning permission for this detached dwelling in the Cotswolds.

Our client says, “thank you for everything throughout the battle, makes the win very satisfying indeed!!”

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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:

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

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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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 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

oak frame house with swimming pool

New Project – Stunning Oak Frame House With Swimming Pool

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New Project – Stunning Oak Frame House With Swimming Pool

 

Against stiff competition from a high profile local architectural practice and a leading oak frame manufacturer we are delighted to have been appointed to design and build a stunning oak frame house with swimming pool, that the whole family can enjoy.

Having had a couple of design proposals already, but left nervous they hadn’t found the right solution, they approached us. Once our client led approach to design had been explained to them they immediately appointed us to work on the scheme.

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!

Our clients are clear they want to create an amazing oak frame family home. The site has several locations where a house could be sited. All the options were to be explored so when the decision to move forward with a design was made, the client could be confident it was the right one.

We are currently in the pre-planning application phase so unfortunately can’t disclose too much about the project’s location but we’ll bring you updates as the scheme progresses. When asked how the design process was working for them the clients commented:

“From being nervous about the project, we now feel confident and are enjoying the process. We are looking forward to when the house is complete, inviting you to come and experience what you have helped create for us.”

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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 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

Complete Oak Home featuring in Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine

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Complete Oak Home Featured in Homebuilding & Renovating 2015

 

July’s edition of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine features a series of articles on building oak frame houses. The first article in their “ToolKit” for Oak Frame Homes explains why oak frames have become so popular again in the era of open plan living and goes on to explain the different routes to achieving an oak frame home.

Homebuilding & Renovating have recognised that “Complete Oak Home offer something rather different, not oak frame manufacturers but oak frame experts who design and build oak frame homes”. We are proud to have contributed to this article and to be recognised as offering something to our clients that they simply cannot get elsewhere.

To read the full Homebuilding & Renovating article 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!

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Would you like to receive valuable advice & tips from us, giving you crucial information to help you with your self-build project? If so, sign-up to receive our weekly email, or join our community over on Facebook where we run live expert sessions and more!

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