Client Lifestyle Briefing – Working With Our Clients To Produce Bespoke Oak Frame Homes
The process of creating bespoke oak framed homes is one of the most complex, challenging and fulfilling activities you can undertake and the Client Lifestyle Briefing is a crucial factor in the quality of the final product.
At Complete Oak Home we work with you to ensure that we create a comprehensive lifestyle briefing. In simple terms the client lifestyle briefing is a document that describes a set of goals and requirements for the project.
When you buy an existing house you have to make so many compromises, but when you build your own home it should be exactly as you want. Our briefing process is rigorous and comprehensive, and we properly listen to you. We have a genuinely bespoke design service – every single house we build is a complete one-off, hence why we have built such a diverse range of houses.
Our Design Director and one of our project consultants will come and visit the site, and then sit down with you for a couple of hours to flesh out the brief. To start with they will take you through a comprehensive portfolio of other oak timber frame houses to help you explore the possibilities.
They will help you to distinguish clearly between ‘wants’ and ‘needs’ so that the design team will know which things are non-negotiable, which are desirable but not essential and will understand what added features or qualities would enhance the project for you.
Normally people have a good idea of what they want in terms of number and type of rooms. Sometimes they’re less sure about the style or layout that will work best for them. With our expertise in the design and building of oak framed homes we can help guide you and help you explore options and possibilities. And we won’t just focus on how you live now but how you want to live in your new house. Designing a bespoke oak framed home from scratch gives you the opportunity to get it exactly as you want it. Our team will discuss a lot more than just the rooms and their layout, they’ll want to understand your lifestyle and how you live because it will help them design a home best suited to your needs, today and for the future.
At the same briefing meeting they will discuss budget with you. Your budget will have a bearing on the design and size of your new oak framed home. Our Design Director and project consultant will talk you through typical build costs for the type of house described in your brief. They’ll also discuss other costs you need to consider such as demolition of existing buildings, planning fees and so on. Straight away we start to develop a cost plan so that from the outset you know how much your new oak framed home should cost to build.
Following the briefing meeting we’ll write up our notes and send them to you to make sure we’ve got all the salient points. More ideas will come to you over time so we won’t have everything at this point but that doesn’t matter. What we need is sufficient information to start the design process, to be able to produce some concept sketches so that you can see the architectural design of your house starting to form.
The architectural design of an oak framed house, or indeed any house, doesn’t happen in a few days. You will need time to consider the design at each stage, it’s far better to get it right on paper than to change your mind once building work has started. We’ll normally produce the first concept sketches for you within two to three weeks.
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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.
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.
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