In 2010, when Rob and Jan first visited the plot that would eventually become the site of their new house, it was incredibly overgrown. They couldn’t make out the view, so they initially rejected it – along with the ramshackle cabin that originally occupied it.
However, six months later – following a conversation with Paul Edmunds of Welsh Oak Frame – the Pearces were persuaded to take another look at the patch of land they’d initially written off.
“It was winter by that point, so all the vegetation had died back. We could finally see the views and the possibilities that this plot could offer – so we decided to buy it,” says Rob.
The Pearces felt they needed the expertise of a professional designer to plan a scheme that would make the most of the stunning vistas, so they enlisted the help of Welsh Oak Frame’s in-house architectural team.
“We wanted a contemporary abode with lots of indoor-outdoor space, plenty of glass and a large balcony that would take full advantage of the fantastic outlook,” says Jan. “The plot overlooks the River Wye and the views stretch for miles down the valley and across to the mountains.”
From the start, the couple got on incredibly well with the team at Welsh Oak Frame. “We really felt that they were on our wavelength,” says Rob. All in all, the build took nine months to complete, with the firm’s assembly team on site for three weeks for the erection of the structural skeleton.
Now the project is finished, the Pearces are delighted with the result. The house sits comfortably in its woodland setting. The large swathes of glazing the couple were so keen to incorporate allow the views to be enjoyed from all corners of the property.