Mike and Jenny Hobbs loved the pretty Surrey village where they lived for many years, but had outgrown their home and needed a change. Their three children attended the local primary school so they were reluctant to leave the area.
The couple started searching for a home to renovate or a plot to develop within the local area so when a 1970s bungalow with two acres of land came up for sale, the couple jumped at the chance of buying it.
“It was ideal for us,” says Jenny. “The plot was the right size, it was quiet and had a rural outlook. In addition, it had outbuildings, which meant there was space for us to create something for Mike so that he could work from home.”
While the property was habitable, the couple wanted to remodel the bungalow to make it more suitable for their lifestyle. “This was a short-term fix for us, as in the long term we wanted to build our own home”, says Jenny. “We knew exactly what we wanted too, a two-storey, oak-frame house.”
A decade later, the bungalow was demolished and the couple turned to Welsh Oak Frame to help them build their own bespoke home.
The couple discussed with Welsh Oak Frame’s design team how they wanted their dream home to look and feel. “We wanted a bright, spacious and open-plan living area that linked to the garden, and we wanted the house to be packed with character,” says Jenny. “We also wanted a house that would be energy efficient and sustainable and this is exactly what Welsh Oak Frame delivered.”
“Planning permission took several years of compromising with the local authority,” explains Jenny. “Thankfully we had some fantastic people on board who enabled us to achieve the design we wanted.”