Client: Peter & Jennifer Trewren
Style: Traditional Oak frame cottage
Property size: 185 sq m
Build time: 12 months
Jennifer and Peter Trewren looked high and low for land to build a house in the beautiful Warwickshire village near Rugby where they lived. They had all but given up when they realised they could always build a home on land they already owned. Peter explains: “We couldn’t find a suitable house in our village and in the end we found what we were looking for right outside our window. We were living in a six-bedroom house with a garden of around a quarter of an acre, so we decided to submit planning permission to build the house at the bottom of our land.”
Local building contractor Peter Veal had plenty of experience gaining planning permission to build in such a picturesque area so he was the couple’s first port of call. They visited him at his house, which is where they discovered his oak frame design. Peter says they were so impressed with the exquisite attention to detail and quality of craftsmanship, they decided to enlist the help of Welsh Oak Frame to design the oak frame for their new home.
The couple had decided to downsize after their children had flown the nest so, after outline plans had been drawn up and planning permission was eventually granted, the Trewrens got in touch with Welsh Oak Frame. The initial design process ran very smoothly as the couple looked through Welsh Oak Frame’s portfolio and picked one of their popular house designs.
Inside, one of Peter and Jennifer’s favourite rooms is the light, airy kitchen. Designed and installed by Parlour Farm, the beautiful, bespoke cabinetry has been painted in a pretty sage green with a large Farmhouse-style table in the centre, while upstairs, every room features distinctive oak panelling, which helps to recreate an authentic cottage.
The exterior of the Trewren’s home has been cleverly clad in beautiful Cotswold stone, which is sympathetic with the surrounding buildings and it makes an impressive site next to the church. Paul from Welsh Oak Frame adds: “The Trewrens love their home and the old style is very much in keeping with the historical village they live in. The timbers have now weathered to a silvery finish complementing the soft mushroom colour of the render and the reclaimed bricks and tiles used on the rest of this house.”