Ian and Julie Perrin were exploring different parts of the country looking for somewhere to retire to when they came across the historic market town of Montgomery in Wales. They were aware of a garden building plot with planning permission on the edge of town but were concerned about the difficult site.
‘The plot sloped diagonally upwards from the front corner to the back corner and was two metres higher than the lane,’ Ian explains. We thought it was an impossible site.
Welsh Oak Frame was a short drive from the plot so we went to meet them. We were impressed from the start, particularly with the care they took over the detailing in their oak – other companies seemed plain in comparison.’
‘Welsh Oak Frame made it very clear that building on a plot like this wouldn’t be a problem and we felt confident and reassured enough with their ideas and suggestions to proceed,’ says Julie.
The couple began the design process with Welsh Oak Frame. They liked the idea of a vaulted ceiling and a glazed front gable, ‘Sometimes a front gable forms the hallway, but in our design we have a seating area at the window and a master bedroom above to take advantage of the picturesque views,’ says Ian.
‘The designer interpreted our thoughts very well,’ says Julie. ‘He produced a 3D walk-through that made it much easier for us to understand how the layout worked with the gradient of the site.’
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The main living space is all at ground level with a dramatic cathedral ceiling soaring over the living area. A contemporary glass and oak stairwell leads to a spacious and light-filled first floor landing.
‘A void above the dining table means we can sit here and look directly up through the landing to the top of the house and see the sky above us,’ says Julie.
‘We’re both very happy living here – we’ve got the house we wanted in the town we wanted to live in – and that’s all credit to Welsh Oak Frame. They were always on hand to give us advice and come to site if we needed them to. Without them we wouldn’t have been able to take on such a great project.’