“Traditionally styled bespoke turnkey home maximising the potential of an unusual site with open aspects and a secluded location close to airport ”

Project Background

Our clients came to us after speaking to a number of oak frame manufacturers and local architects because they wanted a joined up approach for their bespoke turnkey lifetime home project. They were worried that if they had to coordinate multiple third parties they would be left to sort out all sorts of things that they didn’t know anything about. They really wanted to find one company who would take care of everything and give them the confidence they needed to go ahead with their project. Then they found us and the rest, as they say, is history.

The clients own a 1930s house and all of the land surrounding it which is set in a beautiful rural location. They used to go to the house for holidays and it has great sentimental value within the family. However, the house itself is well past it’s sell by date and is damp, cold, and very expensive to run and maintain. Initially our clients looked at renovating, but soon realised that it was more financially viable to demolish and re-build.

We first met with them on site and they asked lots of questions including things like ‘when do we need to do a bat survey?’, and were very relieved when we told them that they didn’t need to think about things like that if they worked with us, as we would take care of everything for them. We showed them our budgeting and cost control process and reassured them that they didn’t need extra budget for ‘other costs’ as when we say our bespoke turnkey home service includes everything, we really do mean everything!

The House

“This house is set with a beautiful secluded glade surrounded by ancient woodlands. The aim here was to shape the architecture in such a way that it could command the site whilst not effective the openness of the green belt,” says Josh Wood, Architectural Designer on the project. “A three winged form has been proposed to achieve this. This geometry enables 3 separated courtyards to suit the client’s aspirations: A welcome entrance, raised morning garden and sunny patio. The interior layout is designed to be open plan with an impressive central atrium where the three wings meet. Throughout the day, the occupiers can emigrate with the sun from the east to the west sides of the house to make the most of the stunning countryside views.” Click on the photos above to see the complete floor plans for this project.


At the initial meeting they appointed us to complete a Feasibility Study and the results proved that we could deliver their aspirations within their budget and the local planning policy. We have now been appointed to design, plan and build their oak frame house.

The design is to be very focused on maximising the beautiful views and sunny aspects, and the aim is that it becomes a fabulous home that the rest of the family will love to visit.

This beautiful, unique oak frame home was completed Spring 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.


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