“Creating a home in a very sensitive conservation area, limiting the impact on the public views into the site whilst maximising its potential ”

Project Background

Our clients have lived in their family home for 28 years and they are now looking to build a contemporary house on their garden plot and sell the family home in order to release capital to help their children out who have young families, and build themselves a four bedroom, future proof, lifetime home.

They saw our advert and got in touch as they knew they wanted a full turnkey solution as they had absolutely no idea where to start. We met with them, showed them our road map which explains the whole process start to finish.

The House

The ground floor consists of a large kitchen diner with an open plan family room and a utility room tucked in the corner with a larder and bathroom. On the opposite end there is a separate sitting room and study.

The first floor has four bedrooms; the master bedroom has a dressing room and en suite, and the second bedroom also has an en suite. There is another two bedrooms and a family bathroom.

There is a generously sized garage with a workshop to the side of it.


They are in an exceptionally sensitive conservation area, where local planning policy is heavily stacked against development. They have already submitted a pre-application and we are currently working with them to prepare a very comprehensive planning application with an array of supporting information, such as arboricultural, archaeological, ecological, topographical and visual impact surveys. All this information is required to help us build the strongest possible case in planning terms, to demonstrate minimal impact on the conservation area and create a design which is sensitive to its setting.

“The site has amazing potential to create a beautiful new family home.” says Luke Jackson, Project Architect at The Complete Oak Home. “Although there are a large number of potential planning restrictions, it does not mean the house has to be boring.  When working in a conservation area it is essential to look at the buildings around the site, to note the materials that have been used and any common details. As an architect it is my job to design a house which respects and works in harmony with its surroundings, not to just copy what is next door. Due to the site’s location and context I have taken inspiration from a number of agricultural buildings in the area and the design is currently evolving in a barn like aesthetic.”

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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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