Peter lives in a stunning off-grid barn conversion near Presteigne on the border with Wales. To the south, uninterrupted views of the Radnorshire countryside, and just below his property the remains of a small dilapidated cottage that had fallen into complete disrepair over the years, having failed to cope with the demands of off-grid living. After years of persistence, Peter was finally able to purchase the derelict cottage and so embark on this project.

Peter hoped to knock down and rebuild a new house based around a Castle Ring oak frame. Finding a local architectural designer who could come up with a suitable scheme and get it through planning was the next step so Peter contacted John Williams. John had worked with Castle Ring and Peter on a previous project, lives just down the road in Herefordshire, and has many years experience designing oak framed buildings.

John’s brief was to design a modest but spacious three bedroom house with open-plan living. Peter also wanted it to showcase a structural oak frame with vaulted ceilings and areas of glazing, take best advantage of a narrow sloping site and a southerly aspect, and that could be used in the future for guests and holiday letting. Particular emphasis was placed on connecting the building to outdoor spaces with decking and landscaping.

The dreaded meeting with the local planning officer took place and helped to define the appropriate styling. The requirement was for the new building to be in keeping with the barn conversion next door, and to have an ‘agricultural’ look to it.

Once John had come up with the design, the whole process of application and approval was swift and painless — two words you wouldn’t usually associate with Planning!

Take a look at John’s approved design below.

Front and rear elevation house plans
Floorplans for a self build oak frame house
Site plans for a self build oak frame house

Find out more about Castle Ring Oak Frame here


About the author:

Rob Dawson built a stunning oak frame home in 2009 for less than £100,000. He is now the owner and founder of Castle Ring Oak Frame.

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