Taking advantage of far-reaching southerly views


Project Background

This beautiful new oak frame home in rural Suffolk has been a long time coming, but we know it will be worth the wait for our lovely clients.

Our clients first approached us in 2017 when they started thinking seriously about their project to replace an old bungalow with their dream home. We helped them through the early stages of gathering budget information, helping them establish if their dreams were feasible and what that dream might look like.

The House

From a design perspective, it is essential to start with a well-developed brief. In this case, the key requirements were to make the most of this wonderful rural site and the amazing southerly views. The clients wanted a quirky design, but one that felt grounded and earthy and that reflected their family needs.

On the approach to the front door of the house, the glazed door and entrance hall entice you with glimpses to the gardens beyond.

The ground floor comprises a spacious open plan kitchen and dining space which open onto a patio that 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 deerhounds 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.


Life has been busy for our clients, so the project has taken a while to progress.  We obtained planning permission in 2019 and work started on site in March 2021.  As you can see, work is well underway and is due to be completed in early 2022.

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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.