Open plan dining and living room in oak frame home

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

The couple had previously renovated, but wanted a new challenge. “I wanted a plot to self build on so that I could work with the people who had helped me on the renovation,” says Peter.

After years of searching for suitable land, Peter gave up hope.

Instead, he started looking for another renovation. “I found this house and immediately loved the position,” he says. “However, Pauline hated it and wouldn’t even get out of the car!”

The property wasn’t up to modern standards and was awkwardly configured, with poorly realised old extensions.

Peter wanted a home with vaulted ceilings that incorporated oak. “I got in touch with Welsh Oak Frame. The company’s Paul Edmunds came out to see us. I wanted his ideas on how we might renovate – he said ‘I would knock it down’. Some of my builder friends had recommended the same.”

The property was a warren of add-ons and annexes, and Paul recognised the effort and cost to remedy this was not worth the outcome.

Peter agreed: “If we renovated, everything would be a compromise. Also, Paul highlighted self building would be better for VAT, as I could claim it back at the end.”

The couple provided Welsh Oak Frame with a wish list of the style and design elements to incorporate into their self build house plans.

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

Welsh Oak Frame secured planning consent, which went through in about four weeks with no problems.

“We were at ease with Welsh Oak Frame,” says Paul. “They were happy to translate my ideas and work hard to make them work!”

Welsh Oak was shortlisted for Best Self Build Architect/Designer in the 2018 Build It Awards for this project.

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