Four Bedroom House With Challenging Planning Application


Project Background

Our client approached us nearly a year ago when exploring several self-build routes. They went on to look at German manufacturers as well as oak framing companies.

Having got some clarification of the sort of house they wanted and developed their understanding of costs and construction options, they appointed us to develop their design with them and process the planning application.

The House

The house itself has four bedrooms. The master bedroom has an ensuite and dressing area. The guest room has an ensuite and there is a further family bathroom. The ground floor has an open plan kitchen, living and dining area with separate children’s playroom, study and utility rooms. You can see the floor plans for this project at the top of this page.


After a short process of finessing their ideas and enhancing the scheme, a planning application has now been submitted. Like many of the sites and planning applications we deal with this one isn’t entirely straight forward, falling within a Conservation Area and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Additionally, the site is in a residential area with several houses overlooking it. One of the key planning issues was to prove that the house doesn’t impede the right to light of the neighbours. In the pictures above you’ll see how we used a digital cone on the planning drawings to demonstrate that planning policy has been complied with.

This project is currently in the construction phase and will be completed in Winter 2019.

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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. 


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.


To find out more about our client-led approach to design, have a read of our blog posts on bespoke architecture, designing from a blank canvas and our client lifestyle briefing process.

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