Three bedroom detached oak frame house in South Oxfordshire


“Traditionally designed, substantially oak framed, focused on quality of vaulted central hallway giving great light penetration throughout ”

Project Background

This client came to us with her planning permission in place, so the basic design principles of the house were already established. However, she was keen to work with a company who could see the project through to completion. She was drawn to our turnkey approach and ability to guide and advise her on costs as the construction detail of the scheme developed.

The House

The location of the house is quite sensitive being in proximity to a listed building which was also owned by our client. Additionally, the planning conditions required that the house met level 4 for the Code for Sustainable homes. The house was also to have a full structural oak frame.

Whilst the floor plan is for a 3-bedroom house, our client also wanted it to be readily adaptable to a 4-bed house to maximise value should she want to sell in the future.

The entrance hall is very generous and doubles as a dining hall for special occasions. It forms a great social link between the open plan kitchen and living space and the more formal living room.

The stairs lead to a large landing and a gallery facing a large glazed gable looking out over the back garden, creating a lovely sense of a generous, spacious house.


During the development of the construction drawings and finishes schedule, unfortunately having already committed money to achieve code 4 for Sustainable Homes, the code was scrapped and incorporated in to Building Regulations.

The house construction was completed over 10 months since which the client has spent time landscaping the garden. She has now been in the house for 9 months so in another 3 a final snagging can be carried out, the final completion certificate issued and the last 2.5% of the contract sum released.

She is now considering selling and is on the lookout for another plot in the hope of doing another self-build project with us.

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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.


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