This gorgeous post and beam-style oak frame house is the perfect match for its setting; a sloping plot in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Set atop a hidden concrete basement level and beautifully clad in local sandstone and off-white render, Philip and Judi’s home appears to melt into the landscape.

Helen Needham, Oakwrights’ head of architecture, began to capture Philip and Judi’s ideas from the first site meeting. the couple kept horses on their plot, so the design developed around creating a side entrance to a working wing of the house including a boot room, utility and WC. From there, Helen considered everything from the sun’s movement to wind direction, road layout, existing materials, the wonderful views and nearby historic architecture to come up with this stunning home.

“Building a house that looked like it had always been there was important had always been the there was important to us,” says Judi. “The local honey-coloured stone gives out a warm and welcoming feel against the often-grey background of the Lancashire skies”

The Stone partners wonderfully with the oak frame, erected in 10 days on site. It took a further seven weeks for the Oakwrights team to install the WirghtWall and WrightRoof encapsulation panels, giving the couple a dry house shell to move forward with.

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