Open plan dining and living room in oak frame home

A mixture of modern style and traditional character, Peter Williams’ oak frame home has been finished to perfection.

The couple couldn’t be prouder of what they have achieved.

The couple had lived in a property they had previously renovated – a project that Peter had organised and thoroughly enjoyed. “I really enjoyed it and I wanted to find a plot to self-build on so that I could work with the people who had helped me on the renovation.”

However, after years and years of searching for land, Peter gave up hope. Nothing suitable had come up.

Instead, he decided he would do another renovation, and so started looking for another major refurbishment opportunity. “I found this house and I immediately loved the position. The minute I came here, I thought ‘this is it.’ However, Pauline wouldn’t even get out of the car! She hated how the house looked.”

The home was not up to modern standards; it had been configured in an awkward and clunky way. Additions over the years hadn’t been done to their best and overall, the property was in need of some TLC.

The one thing on Peter’s wish list was having a home with vaulted ceilings that incorporated oak frame. “I got in touch with Welsh Oak Frame. Paul Edmunds from the company came out to see me and the property. I wanted his ideas on how we might renovate the house – he just said to me ‘I would knock it down’ which is what some of my builder friends had said, too.”

The property was a warren of add-ons and annexes, and Paul recognised the effort and cost that would take to remedy this was not worth the outcome, something that Peter was in agreement with.

“We knew that if we renovated, everything would have been a compromise. Also, Paul made a great point: If I self-built it would be better with VAT, as I could claim it back at the end. It just made sense.”

Once the couple had decided that a self-build was the best way forward, they went to Welsh Oak Frame with a wish list of the style and design elements that they wanted to be incorporated into the house plans.

“They took the brief and created what I couldn’t,” says Peter. “It was perfect. Everything I had asked was there Sounds impossible – but they came up with the perfect plans!”

From there, Welsh Oak Frame took on all the planning which went through in about four weeks – there were no problems.

“I would recommend that anyone planning to self-build should work with people that they get on with. It made a real difference to us. Because we were at ease with Welsh Oak Frame, they were happy to translate my ideas and work hard to make them work!

Welsh Oak Frame were shortlisted for Best Architect/Designer for the 2018 Build It Awards with this project.

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