Oak frame home from outside

Diane and Peter Smith wanted to build a low maintenance home they could futureproof in a village where they could put down roots.

After a garden plot became available overlooking the beautiful Shropshire countryside, the couple got in touch with Welsh Oak Frame to arrange a design meeting. “The process seemed hassle-free and we did our research so we knew Welsh Oak Frame would be a trusted company to work with,” says Diane.

The couple met with Welsh Oak Frame’s design director, Emyr Davies to discuss their ideas. They discussed having three ensuite bedrooms and downstairs open-plan living with space to fit in special pieces of furniture, like the oak dining table they’d brought back from France.

“Futureproofing the house was important too,” adds Pete. “We wanted a downstairs study that could be used as a bedroom if we needed to later on, and a cloakroom next door designed as a wet room with wheelchair access.”

The couple also pointed out oak features they liked in the Welsh Oak Frame brochure.

“Emyr was very accommodating and incorporated everything we wanted,” says Diane. “The final cost ended-up being reasonable too.”

One of the key features is the double-height entrance hall in the glazed front gable, which has an impressive exposed chimney breast running up through the middle of the house.

“The hallway is an extravagance but makes a striking entrance when you walk inside,” says Pete. “We particularly like Emyr’s idea to have the glazed jetty above the front door and the glass panels around the stairwell. It means we can look up and see all the oak and the chimney breast rising up to the top of the house.”

The couple decided they wanted complete control of their build and took on the project management, buying materials and employing all the necessary trades.

“There were times when we wondered how we could keep going and we really appreciated the support Welsh Oak Frame gave us,” says Diane.

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