Small oak frame cottage

Sussex couple Lynda and Tony moved into the spacious grounds occupied by their farmhouse in 1993. Surrounded by ancient woodlands and glorious Sussex countryside, the grounds also contained the ruins of a small Victorian coach house. The fragmented portions of its roof were barely supported by the remaining brick walls – yet its location was ideal for a cosy Sussex-style cottage that could be used for holiday lets.

Lynda and Tony decided, after meeting with Oakmasters, that they did not need to use an architect. Armed only with a surveyor’s initial drawings, the couple were confident that the Oakmasters team perfectly understood their requirements.

Key features:

  • Small oak-framed cottage built on the site of the ruins of a 19th century coach house
  • Designed to offer additional income as a holiday let within the owner’s grounds
  • Oak beams and frames throughout
  • Tudor-style beams give the interior character
  • Open-plan downstairs
  • Restrictions on space overcome through careful design
  • Windows positioned for views of the surrounding countryside
  • Elevated trusses to maximise space

Once the existing structure and ground had been cleared it took just over nine months: from the digging of the foundations, to the decoration of the interior, to completion.

Oakmasters carried out the majority of the work – sometimes collaborating with other builders that Lynda and Tony had employed for some parts of the work.

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