Turnkey service perfect for our clients living in Dubai


Project Background

We were delighted when our clients contacted us to help them with their plans to create a new bespoke home near St Albans.  Like many in the expat community, they have kept a foot in the UK property market to help them if and when they choose to return to live here.

As highly experienced professionals who work closely with the construction industry, they also understand the value of having a trusted partner to work with, so when they decided it was time to update or replace their UK property, they knew exactly the type of turnkey service they wanted.

Together we explored the possibilities of renovating their current property to fit their future family needs and after establishing the extent of work that would be required to achieve their aspirations, we agreed that a replacement house was the best way forward for them.

Since then, we have been their eyes and ears on the ground.  Not only have we created a truly stunning design that exceeds their expectations, fits in their plot and kept them fully informed of all the cost implications of the design and build process, but we have also managed all the third-party surveys and reports we need to support a full planning application to the local authority. As usual, we have commissioned any third-party work needed, giving our clients a single point of contact and responsibility.

This is not a unique service offered to clients out of the country, we offer this level of support to all our clients, tailoring our approach for each client, to provide them with the support they need and the level of involvement they wish to have.

The House

The existing house is a large bungalow, constructed in the 1970’s as a gate house property to a large stately home, surrounded by mature attractive trees and shrubs and situated in the Green Belt. The stately home has recently been developed into luxury private apartments and has retained the formal gardens adjacent to our clients’ plot. Part of the grounds have also been recently developed with over 100 new homes. It’s fair to say that there have been significant changes around the property, presenting us with ample opportunities to create a new design that makes the most of the plot and its setting.

The new family home will have a mixture of one and half and two storey elements, to help minimise the impact of the increase in size of property in the Green Belt. It will provide our clients with four spacious bedrooms, with en-suites, walk in robes, and both private and shared balconies. Downstairs enjoys an open plan kitchen, living, dining area, with what will be a beautiful double height oak framed space that lets the light flood into the rooms and that can also be enjoyed from a first-floor gallery. There’s also a separate snug, office, utility room and garage with workshop space. We are hugely excited by the design as are our clients!


The replacement dwelling scheme has recently been submitted for planning.

“I was very apprehensive about remotely embarking on a project to create our new family home in Hertfordshire whilst we are based in Dubai. The turnkey service offered by Complete Oak Home seemed to be exactly what we needed. The team have been my eyes and ears on the ground.  We are delighted with the plans for our new home, the bespoke design has responded perfectly to the demands and opportunities of the site and to our brief. I have been exceedingly impressed by Complete Oak Home’s professionalism and the support and confidence they have given to us.”

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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, Ged Brockett, and have a FREE phone consultation about your project, please call 01249 479890.