When Richard and Pam first approached us, they were trying to understand if the triangle of land beyond the stream at the bottom of their garden was big enough to build a house on.  Sitting in the Oakwrights Show House, we discussed the options and reviewed the style and layout that they wanted, and how this might practically work on their relatively compact site. The planning required careful negotiation with the case officer, who was fortunately keen to support our design. Issues affecting access, the stream, and underground mains services all had to be overcome before approval was granted and work could start. Set against the woodland backdrop behind, the house looks out over countryside fields, and in no way feels constrained or compromised by the shape of the site on which it sits.

Services: Design and planning negotiation

3 bedrooms, 2,269f²

Oak-frame and encapsulation by Oakwrights

Photography c/o Oakwrights and Mark Welsh 

Client Testimonial: “John helped Pam and I to realise our ambition to build an oak framed home at the bottom of our garden. It was a challenging site, bounded on one side by a nature conservation area and a stream, which we subsequently discovered was officially classified as a ‘river’ on another.

John worked diligently to take into account our specific requirements and produced a design that absolutely optimised the potential of the site. His carefully scripted planning submission won the support of the Local Authority officers without which I doubt our application would have been approved.

We were pleased that our project was covered in an edition of Build-it magazine and then put forward for the self-build award of the year.

John was a pleasure to work with throughout. His experience and technical skill allowed us to overcome what, at times, seemed insurmountable barriers in moving our project forward.

Richard and Pam