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A CONTEMPORARY OAK HOUSE DESIGN WITH STRONG SUSTAINABLE FEATURES IN THE COTSWOLDS

The Walled Garden is a contemporary style oak frame house with strong sustainable design features built in the former walled kitchen garden of an eighteenth century Gothic Revival country house. A high brick and stone wall surrounds the garden and provides privacy for the unique waterside setting of the house.

The architectural design of the house is heavily influenced by its setting in the Uley Conservation Area in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Securing planning consent presented a series of challenges that took some considerable while. Our initial plan was to remodel and extend an existing bungalow on the site, but that was effectively restricted to the scale of an existing planning consent

AN OAK FRAME FOCUS

An oak frame was an early aspiration. Setting the house into the slope meant a basement construction at the rear of the ground floor. In search of a high performance solution we looked at available prefabricated basement systems rather than build an in situ basement envelope. Kastell, a German supplier, were chosen to build the slab and the basement system.

With the inclusion of the basement and the contemporary design, this was always going to be a hybrid build. Finding an oak frame specialist with the right approach was perhaps more of a challenge than we expected. After a false start with another supplier, we spoke to Tim Crump and John Williams and very quickly found a willingness to come up with a contemporary oak frame.

Securing planning consent had further twists and turns to negotiate. Feeling reasonably confident with a detailed case officer report to the planning committee recommending that planning consent be granted, we were presented at the last minute with exactly the same detailed report but with a changed conclusion recommending refusal, the draft report having been reviewed by the senior planning officer. The issue turned on the interpretation of the planning authorities own policy which seemed to have been given a very particular interpretation by the senior planning officer.

Operating nationwide and abroad, Oakwrights are a multi-award winning company specialising in the design and construction of all styles of oak framed houses and outbuildings.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional or contemporary, cottage or manor house, Oakwrights Architectural Designers will put their extensive skills and knowledge at your disposal and produce designs to inspire you. From there the Frame Designers and framing team will turn your designs into a structural reality and once complete, an Oakwrights Encapsulation System will wrap your oak frame using the most up-to-date technology, giving you the healthiest of homes.

With years of experience of building oak framed homes, Oakwrights have developed a simple approach to the overall build process, designed to allow you, the self-builder, more flexibility. They call this ‘Building the Wright Way’.

Their unsurpassed reputation has been built on excellence of design, quality of product and professionalism of service – from the first meeting with Oakwrights you’ll instinctively know you’ve made the ‘Wright’ decision.

Proud to exhibit at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows. Operating nationwide and abroad, Oakwrights are a multi-award winning company specialising in the design and construction of all styles of oak framed houses and outbuildings. Whether you’re looking for a traditional or contemporary, cottage or manor house, Oakwrights Architectural Designers will put their extensive skills and knowledge at your disposal and produce designs to inspire you. From there the Frame Designers and framing team will turn your designs into a structural reality and once complete, an Oakwrights Encapsulation System will wrap your oak frame using the most up-to-date technology, giving you the healthiest of homes.