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Successful Planning Appeal for Project in AONB & CNCA

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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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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

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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.

FIND OUT MOREFIND OUT MORE

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:

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

Launching Our Self Build Video Series

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

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.

FIND OUT MOREFIND OUT MORE

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:

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

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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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.

FIND OUT MOREFIND OUT MORE
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.

FIND OUT MOREFIND OUT MORE

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.

FIND OUT MOREFIND OUT MORE

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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Get More Valuable Information About Building Your Dream Home

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!

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.

FIND OUT MOREFIND OUT MORE
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.

FIND OUT MOREFIND OUT MORE

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.

FIND OUT MOREFIND OUT MORE

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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Get More Valuable Information About Building Your Dream Home

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!

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.

FIND OUT MOREFIND OUT MORE
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.

FIND OUT MOREFIND OUT MORE

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.

FIND OUT MOREFIND OUT MORE

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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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.

FIND OUT MOREFIND OUT MORE
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:

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

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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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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.

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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

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Getting planning permission in the countryside

By | Planning

Getting Planning Permission In The Countryside

 

We have great track record of helping clients get planning permission in the countryside and would love to help you too. Call 01249 479891.

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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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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.

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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

Getting Planning Permission for Your Oak Frame Home

Video – Getting planning permission for your oak frame house

By | Design, Planning, Videos

Getting Planning Permission For Your Oak Frame House

 

Andy Parker, Project Consultant at Complete Oak Home, talks through all of the different routes to planning, and explains which route to take when.

If you would like a pdf transcript of the video please click here.

Armed with information about your plot, the size of oak timber frame house you want to build and where you want to build it we’ll then look at the local planning policies and the planning history of the site.

The planning policies of your local planning authority will have been developed within the guidelines of the National Planning Policy Framework. This means that we can quickly look at the local planning policies and identify those that need to be considered when we design your oak timber frame house. There may be some that will need special consideration and will have to be specifically addressed with the planners when the planning application is made.

Among other things, the planning history tells us if previous planning conditions have been applied to the site or whether an existing property on the site has been extended (this may limit any increase in size for your new house). We’ll also look at where the site is located in relation to conservation areas, green belt, areas of outstanding natural beauty and other designated zones that may have a bearing on the design of your oak timber frame home.

Once we’ve all agreed your project is feasible and you’ve decided we’re the right partner to design and build your oak frame home, we’ll develop the designs ready for the planning application.

This begins with the original concept sketches and developing them further with you. There’ll be lots of decisions to make but we’ll guide you all the way.

Planners are concerned with the size, height and overall volume of the building. They’ll also look at the location of the site, any impact on neighbours and how it looks from the outside. There’s a limit to what planners have control over, for example they have no control on how the inside of the house looks – so at this stage there are lots of decisions which can be left until later. Normally it will take a few iterations of the design before we and you are happy for us to submit the planning application for your new oak timber framed house.

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!

Pre-Application

For difficult to obtain planning permission, in which we have considerable experience, we may use planning consultants, and often go through a pre-application planning process. The ‘pre-app’ allows us to gain initial feedback from the relevant planning authority to test out our designs and arguments prior to incurring the cost of the design process, avoiding costly delays in time.

Planning Submission

As with all aspects of our turnkey service, we’ll deal with everything; design and access statements, topographical surveys, arboriculturists, and even bat and newt surveys where necessary.

Once submitted, we’ll actively monitor its progress and by doing so can sometimes address concerns from planners and keep things on track for a decision within the statutory period.

For most people getting planning permission is a point for celebration in the design and build process. It’s perhaps the first time they allow themselves to believe they really will be building their very own, bespoke oak frame house.

Costs & Budget

Once we’re close to being able to submit a planning application our quantity surveyor will review the project to make sure it’s within your budget. We will never submit a planning application until you are comfortable you can afford to build your home.

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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.

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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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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

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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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!

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

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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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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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Getting Planning Permission for Oak Frame Houses

By | Planning

Getting Planning Permission For Oak Frame Houses

 

Our designers have a wealth of skills that are put to good use when getting planning permission for oak frame houses, and they are all part of our complete turnkey solution.

This process begins with the concept sketches which are developed further with you. There will be lots of decisions to make but we’ll guide you all the way. Planners are concerned with the size, height and overall volume of the building. They’ll also look at the location on the site, impact on neighbours and how the oak frame house looks from the outside.

There’s a limit to what planners have control over, for example they have no control on how the inside of the oak frame house looks – so at this stage there are lots of decisions which can be left until later. Normally it will take a few iterations of the design before we and you are happy for us to submit the planning application for your new oak frame house.

For difficult to obtain planning permission for oak frame houses, in which we have considerable experience, we may draw on the expertise of our planning consultant, and often go through a pre-application planning process. The ‘pre-app’ allows us to gain initial feedback from the planners on the design and can avoid costly delays in time.

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 are currently working with clients of ours on a fairly complex planning application to build a smaller oak frame house on their garden plot. They would then like to sell their old house, and move into the smaller new one as they are looking to downsize. Their plot is within an Area of Special Residential Character (ASRC), which is “a space forming a well-established residential area which has readily identifiable and distinctive characteristics and a high standard of residential amenity.”

One of the development criteria for the ASRC is residential density, and so we have undertaken a density survey to ensure that the plan we put forward comes within the density of other plots within the ASRC.

Another example of difficult to obtain planning permission is a Paragraph 55 application. This is the most difficult level of planning to obtain, and the imperative requirements are as follows: it must be truly outstanding or innovative, helping to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas; it must reflect the highest standards in architecture; it must significantly enhance its’ immediate setting; and be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area. We are currently working with clients on a design for a family forever home under the Paragraph 55 criteria.

As with all aspects of our complete turnkey solution for oak frame houses, we’ll deal with everything; design and access statements, topographical surveys, arboriculturists, and even bat and newt surveys where necessary.

Once submitted, we’ll actively monitor its’ progress and by doing so can sometimes address concerns from planners and keep things on track for a decision within the statutory period.

For most people getting planning permission for oak frame houses is a point for celebration in the design and build process. It’s perhaps the first time they allow themselves to believe they really will be building their very own, bespoke oak frame house.

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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!

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.

FIND OUT MOREFIND OUT MORE

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.

FIND OUT MOREFIND OUT MORE

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

Outline Planning Permission – The Pros & Cons

By | Planning

Outline Planning Permission – The Pros & Cons

 

What is outline planning permission and what does it achieve?

Outline planning permission is useful where the principle of building a residential property on a plot has not yet been established. If outline planning permission is granted it will have to be followed up by a full planning application.

It is a form of planning consent that we would apply for if a client wanted to build a new bespoke house on a plot and planning policy didn’t readily support its approval.

This might be the case if the plot doesn’t already have a residential building on it and it falls outside an established development boundary.

It can be a useful route when you want to establish the principle of building a new house on a plot before investing further in the design of a bespoke house.

Because the purpose of outline planning permission is to establish a principle it is almost entirely about addressing planning policy and has very little to do with the design of the house. Typically a very simple site plan showing the approximate size of the house and its’ location are all that is needed.

However determining the size and location to maximise your chances of getting outline planning permission is where knowledge of planning policy is needed. Additionally we would support an outline application with a document that sets out the case for approving the permission. Because outline is sometimes used as a first step where planning policy is stacked against building a new house, having an extensive knowledge of planning policy is crucial to putting forward the best case.

One of the benefits of applying for outline planning permission is that you don’t need to spend money on developing a detailed design before knowing what your chances of getting full planning permission are likely to be. If a site justifies the submission of an outline application i.e. your chances of success are good enough, then investing in submitting a strong case for approval becomes worth it.

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!

Risks

There are some risks to submitting an outline application. If outline planning permission is granted the subsequent full planning application will have to conform to the principles of the outline planning. For this reason we aim to make the outline application as ‘loose’ as we can so that it restricts as little as possible the design of the house for the full application.

If OP is granted it will have ‘reserved matters’ attached to it. These are conditions that will have to be met by a full planning application.

We are currently working on a project where the client came to us with outline planning permission. Unfortunately the application had a very specific footprint shape drawn for the house and an elevation with a very specific height for the house. This means that the planners now want us to work within these parameters for the house design and any significant variation from this is likely to be contentious and risks a drawn out planning approval process.

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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!

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.

FIND OUT MOREFIND OUT MORE
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.

FIND OUT MOREFIND OUT MORE

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.

FIND OUT MOREFIND OUT MORE

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