Taking advantage of far reaching southerly views


Project Background

Our clients approached us in May 2017 when they first started deliberating about their project. Initially they needed to gather information on indicative costs for their entire project. Over several months we spoke to them and exchanged emails to help them assimilate the information they needed.

They had bought their property intending to replace the existing house. Whilst the site is exceptional with fabulous far reaching southerly views, a very large garden and orchard, the existing bungalow is of little architectural merit and poor construction quality.

By the early part of 2018 the client had secured the funding they needed to embark on their dream project.

The House

From a design perspective it is essential to start with a well-developed brief. In this case some of the key requirements were to make the most of the site and views, create good connection from the rooms and spaces in the house to the outside and have a design that sat comfortably in its setting. The clients are excited and inspired by the design that we’ve developed with them.

On the approach to the front door of the house you are enticed by the glimpses through the glazed door and entrance hall to the gardens beyond.

The ground floor comprises a spacious open plan kitchen and dining space which open on to a patio which is shaded by an overflying roof and first floor balconies. A cosy living area with a wood burner is connected to the kitchen and dining space. With two beautiful deer hounds as part of the family it was essential to have a spacious utility area with room for two substantial dogs’ beds! Also, on the ground floor is a separate snug and a study which can double up as a spare bedroom.

There are three bedrooms on the first floor. The master bedroom has an ensuite, the two further bedrooms share a family bathroom and there is plenty of storage. The master bedroom and one of the guest rooms have balconies with elevated and stunning south facing views.

The articulated roof and form of the building, together with the mixture of red brick and horizontal timber cladding give it a great deal of interest and character.


Once we had helped the clients develop their design brief, we were able to produce the first concept sketches of the scheme. In close collaboration with the client the design evolved over several weeks.

We often use short, relatively ad hoc online meetings with clients. This allows us to share our screen with them and talk them through the design as it progresses. This eliminates the need for either the client or us to lose time travelling and means we can make changes to the CAD model in the moment. This engenders a very collaborative approach where ideas can often be modelled during the meeting and the merits discussed there and then. It also ensures the design stays on track with the client’s requirements which can then evolve in the knowledge of the options available.

A planning application was submitted and we are delighted to have received planning permission for this project!

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!

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 bespoke oak frame homes, schedule a call below to pick our brains!


The Complete Oak Home offer something rather different, not oak frame manufacturers but oak frame experts who design & build oak frame homes. 


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.

If you would like to speak to our Project Consultant, Alan Chilton-Bates, and have a FREE phone consultation about your project, please call 01249 479896.