Archive for August, 2009

14 Aug


In Misc by Pete Tonks / August 14, 2009 / 0 Comments

These clients have built twice before so 3rd time round was the opportunity to do that really special house that they have always wanted and also to have a bit of fun along the way…

We worked in partnership with the clients in terms of the planning process as they already knew some of the planning people so this made sense. We produced a good strong Lincolnshire country house which will be fully brick finished but then made more contemporary with the use of exposed glazed oak framing and pastel tones for joinery. Although largely traditionally referenced externally, internally will be very different with a more contemporary feel. This has been achieved with a simple post and beam oak frame with only a small proportion of signature features to ensure clean lines.

The plot featured two magnificent trees which had to be taken into account through the design process in terms of root protection zones and future impact on growth etc. Once the house is up, the whole plot will look really balanced and immediately established so it is often worth working with any trees on site rather than against them.

Well done though Neil and Pippa………. happy days ahead!
14 Aug


In Misc by Pete Tonks / August 14, 2009 / 0 Comments

These clients were absolutely fantastic and it was a real pleasure working with them on what has to be one of the most dramatic sites we have designed for!

This was a new dwelling in the garden of a historic manor house and the plot sits about 30 metres from the north sea coast… the views are amazing! We spent a good 12 months going through the pre-application design and full planning process building up strong relationships with the planner and the community…. this paid off with a smooth planning permission and good support all round.

Oakwrights crew arrived a couple of weeks ago doing a fair commute from Hereford to Northumberland so good effort there boys, and the frame is now up in all its glory with our clients doing the honour of the official frame topping out Oakwrights style!

Well done John and Pat….. you made it look easy in the end!