Case study

Client: Colin and Pamela Leech

Style: Self build oak frame house

Location: Wales

Property size: 308 sq m

Build time: 8 months

When serial renovators Colin and Pamela were first shown a beautiful spot in Wales, they knew that this would be the perfect place to build their home for life.

The site had been previously worked on ten years prior and the foundations had already been laid. The land itself also came with a detailed and precise plan that had been given permission, although alterations were needed.

The couple enlisted the help of Paul Edmunds from Welsh Oak Frame to make the desired changes to the plans and to help develop the perfect living environment.

The couple moved into a caravan nearby, before the project began, which enabled them to build a good relationship with the local trades and their new neighbours.

“When we moved here we didn’t know anyone at all, but we decided to use local contractors and Paul put us in touch with Glyn Brown, who project managed the development from start to finish. He’s a brilliant craftsman, and while I have a background in construction, it was great to have him work with us,” says Colin.

The entire project took just eight months from start to completion and the only delays came from their services; which is a common occurrence amongst self-builders. However, the oak frame arrived on site in the October and took just three weeks to erect.

A few months after completion the couple turned to Welsh Oak Frame again, this time to create an addition to the downstairs of the house due to a change in family circumstances.

Pamela comments: “That’s the beauty of this structural system – you can alter it fairly easily. Welsh Oak Frame managed to create the extension within just six weeks.”

Now that the house is fully complete the couple are happily enjoying the fruits of their labour and “wouldn’t change a thing.”

This project was shortlisted for the Best Self-Build or Renovation project 2015 Build It Awards.