Expert design advice for self-builders: from Welsh Oak Frame

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The thought of building your own home can seem incredibly daunting. There are so many factors to consider: from unexpected financial costs, to organising where you’ll live while the new place is being built, to ensuring you have the correct design and build team in place to understand your needs and help to deliver the project as quickly, efficiently and precisely as possible.

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Welsh Oak Frame has over 20 years of experience of designing and building oak frame homes, so its expert team understands the trials and tribulations of the self-builder and will work with customers from start to finish; supporting them throughout the whole self-build process.

One factor to consider early in the project is how to design your new home to make the most of natural factors, such as sunlight, as well as ensuring the property fulfils your dreams. Welsh Oak Frame’s Design Manager, Emyr Davies, shares his tips on what you should be considering during the design stages of building an oak frame home:

“Start by thinking about the views from the site, the orientation and the amount of light and sun you’ll get. If the building is south-facing you may want to increase the glazing, but on the north side you may want more windows.

“Think about the types of rooms you need. In an oak-frame home, for the downstairs area many people opt for an open-plan living space with a kitchen-diner area, a separate ‘snug’ and perhaps a utility room, which can also provide an indoor space for pets. The central open-plan living space tends to be the spot that needs the most light, so that is taken into consideration when drawing up the plans, and if you want a more ‘open’ feel then you can opt for a gallery landing that will look down into the open-plan living space below.

“The site itself will also have a degree of influence on the property. For example, on a sloping site you may choose to have a balcony at the front to enjoy the vista and create extra living space; a spot where you can enjoy dinner or a drink while watching the sunset. You’ll also need to think about practical things, like where you will have a turning area for cars.

“The style of property will depend on personal taste, as well as what other buildings around you. The front will need to fit with your future neighbours’ property, but you can usually get away with something different at the back if you wish.”

For a full management service that will take your project to completion with a truly bespoke package, contact Welsh Oak Frame on 01686 688000 or visit www.welshoakframe.com

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