Large oak frame house

Steve and Janine Carney initially set out to build a separate oak-framed house next to their Victorian home in West Kirby, which sits in a garden of around an acre. But the local planning authority vetoed the idea.

“It’s crazy really as the planners refused a separate property but allowed us to build a 433sqm self-contained annexe attached to our home,” says Steve

Welsh Oak Frame was recommended to Steve by a joiner and contact was made. Once we’d met Emyr Davies and seen the workshop, we could see the company was really good and we were confident they were the ones to go with.”

A concept design was sketched out, paying attention to the details so the new annexe blended with their brick and sandstone Victorian home. When Janine’s parents, Albert and Cathy, saw the drawings they were so taken with the design they described it as their ‘dream home’. Coming up to retirement, the couple had plans to split their time between here and Spain and they were looking for a property they could safely lock-up and leave. They proposed buying the oak frame house for themselves to live in, which Steve and Janine decided was a good idea.

The rocky outcrop on the plot presented a design challenge, resulting in the first floor providing all of Albert and Cathy’s living space, with elevated balconies across the front, and ground level entry at the back. Below, there are two ensuite guest bedrooms and the garages – with a lift to future proof the annexe for when Albert and Cathy get older.

Emyr paid particular attention to how the roof tied in with the existing house. “Emyr was great,” says Steve. “I’d ask him about a design feature, like the covered balcony, and he’d go away and come back with the calculations – everything was always possible.”

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“Albert and Cathy are over the moon and couldn’t believe how open, lovely and light their home was when they first moved in,” says Steve. “I’m really proud of the annexe too as it looks exactly how I wanted it to be.”

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