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Pete started building his retirement dream in March 2011. The manor house style building was designed to look like a traditional ‘through frame’ post and beam dwelling. Using lime render and Cotswold tile and stone to continue the traditional theme. A riverside location was chosen for the post and beam manor home to accommodate Fuzzy Duck, Pete’s 60ft narrowboat.
A love of oak was the inspiration for the house and an oak frame provided both dramatic interior and structure. Comprising of three storeys on the river face and 2 on the road, stepped foundation and undercroft to the river face of the house and garage. The oak frame is a major feature in every room. Vaulted, exposed ceilings are a stunning feature, emphasising the oak structure within the house.
For Pete, the oak frame was paramount alongside reverse level open plan living with an atrium and unobstructed views of the river. The roof from the inside, particularly the cruck and exposed rafters with painted sarking are amongst his favourite features.
Pete enjoyed working with Carpenter Oak and was impressed by the attention to detail and 3D images in the design process. The carpenters were professional in raising the frame and the engravings on the fireplace beam left a lovely personal touch.
To save an estimated £40,000 Pete chose to act as his own project manager, visiting the site 3 times a week. Several architects were used, Trevor Edwards from Hawkes, Edwards and Caves in Stratford upon Avon produced the final drawings.
Although to a very high standard the house build went over the budget requiring Pete to use his own sub-contractors for the roof, windows and doors, kitchen and 2nd fix on the garage. The original budget was £550,000 for the build. The final cost was £650,00 the overspend was in the kitchen, bathroom and landscaping for the garage conversion. Built on land 45m x 35m the build cost for the 350m2 dwelling was £1,850 per m2. The oak frame cost £90,000. The house was ready by October 2014.
Come and visit this beautiful post and beam manor home at our open house event on the 10th and 11th of February.
You can also come and see us at one of our events.
Budget considerations are of course one of the primary factors for anyone undertaking an oak frame self build project whether it's a new build oak frame or a timber frame extension. 'How much will it cost?' is therefore a question which will be asked over and over and will almost certainly form a central thread of your project.
Overall build costs for a complete new build oak house typically vary from £1,500 to £2,000+ per square metre (referring to the useable area of the lower and upper floors added together) i.e. for a two storey property times the area by 2. We would suggest that you budget from £1,200- £1,800 per sqm (or £120-£180 per sqft).
For extensions we would suggest budgeting from £2,000 per square metre - don't forget to add VAT (for UK customers). It is worth noting that guide price is for a complete build based on a contractor doing the work with the timber frame is usually a 20-30% proportion.
If you intend to self build then expect to budget toward the lower end of the scale (although of course it may take longer!). There are several caveats with this guide price including the following key considerations:-
At every stage your decisions will affect the overall costs, from the complexity of the design to the level of finish. Engaging an architect will almost certainly save you money in the long run. Getting advice from us on the timber frame concept prior to going in for planning will minimise the risk of sending your architect 'back to the drawing board'.
We are happy to discuss your ideas with you at an early stage and can offer you advice along the way. It is helpful for you to build a scrapbook (you could use Pinterest) of your ideas and wishes – this makes your brief to us and your architect much clearer. Once you have a plot in mind we would encourage you to come and see us in the show barn at our yard to discuss your ideas in more depth and help you establish a concept design and rough costs.
You can meet with one of our frame designers and an architect if required (Roderick James Architects offer a free initial consultation). We can offer you an estimate for your budget costings at that stage based on a timber frame sketch scheme. You will then be in a position to draw up a planning application, knowing that you will be able to achieve what you want with the frame. We can offer you an accurate estimate based on a timber frame sketch scheme once you have architects drawings. Once your planning application has been approved we can get going on a detailed frame design for you.
Yes! We are happy for you to visit and look around. You can book in here to see the Show Barn or Show House. Or, pick up the phone and talk to us. Generally, our advice would be to wait until you have a plot and an idea of what you are wanting to build but we are very willing to talk through plans for a plot at any time.
At that stage you can meet with one of our frame designers, and a free consultation with one of the architects if you would like. You will get far more from your visit if you do this – it is a chance to really talk through the design, layout, style, costs, materials, options with everyone in one place. We look forward to meeting you!
We have two show houses for you to visit - read more about the different options.
As in most walks of life, if it looks too good to be true then it probably is.
We are different and instead pursue excellence – we look to be the best at what we do whilst maintaining affordability, accurate and realistic pricing – we seek the trust and loyalty of our clients as this is the basis of positive working relationships which last beyond the raising of the frame.
All of our Oak is from sustainably managed woodlands located around a single sawmill in Normandy, France (PEFC certifified). When this mill is unable to fulfil our order we divert to an alternative mill in Germany. The mills have access to a plentiful supply of exceptionally well managed and very high quality timber.
Why not use UK sourced oak, I hear you ask? Sadly, the lack of investment and good timber management for hardwoods in this country over many years means our domestic supplies are generally of a lower quality, inconsistent supply and can be more expensive. Although the situation will gradually change, it means that currently continental Oak is the best option for our framing. Carpenter Oak Ltd are investing in the future of UK woodlands.
For every tree used in a project we will donate 10 Oak saplings to an organised planting scheme in the UK
Douglas Fir and Larch all comes from sustainably managed UK forests.
Yes. If you are looking for a complete build or ‘Turnkey’ service, we can offer a solution to include each stage of the process, from the feasibility assessment, design, management and construction, right through to completion. We pride ourselves on being adaptable as every client is different. We can offer a number of routes for you and your project, depending on how involved you want to get. We aim to understand your particular situation and respond to deliver what you need. For many people that means us working as a contractor alongside your architect and builder, for others, involvement at each stage or a self build project. Get in touch to find out which route would suit your project best and we can deliver a range of options from a finished frame to a finished house, ready for you to move into.