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Shepherds House, Oxfordshire

two storey oak framed home in Oxfordshire

Location: Oxfordshire

Completed: 2016

Architect: Clifford Clark Architects

Frame: Three bay four cross frames

Features: Big attic space

Technical: 9m tie beams, lightning bolt scarf joints

SIPs: Glosford SIPs

Building Contractor: A.H Willis

The perfect setting for a new build with expansive open plan rooms

Clients Ian and Sue were initially looking at a renovation project.  They found a rundown 1960s two-bed home, cut off from services that sat on 3.5 acres near an RAF base.  Whilst planning had been granted for a four-bed oak frame property, the couple hadn’t envisaged a new build.

After beginning some light works in order to be able to live at the property, a chat with local building contractor A.H Willis planted the seed of starting afresh.

They went back to the original planning drawings and having got a feel for the site, began to explore adapting them for their own needs.  The couple changed the plans from a 1.5 storey cottage to a 254m2, two-storey oak barn with a hipped roof.  Permission was granted in January 2014, around the same time that they spotted Carpenter Oak within the pages of Build It Magazine.

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