Client: Wyn and Lesley Jones
Style: Traditional oak frame extension
Build time: 8 months
Wyn Jones and his wife Lesley made the major decision of adding an oak frame extension to their detached home, near Montgomery in Powys.
Having been involved in previous home renovations, and Wyn’s professional background in estate agency, the Jones family wanted a new, ambitious project to create a traditional, yet spacious home for their family. The couple scoured the local area of Montgomery to find their perfect home, but struggled to find exactly what they were looking for, with for sale properties being limited in the vicinity.
The Jones’ had always been interested in living in a home that had a traditional look and feel to it, but they still wanted all the modern features that you would expect from a new build; in particular having double-glazing, that would fill their property with light, as well as being energy efficient.
After coming across an original set of red brick ‘council-style’ semi-detached properties, that had since been converted into one detached home, the couple could see a lot of potential, and quickly made an offer. Although the property wasn’t exactly what they were looking for, they made the decision to extend the property, putting their own stamp on their dream home. From there, Wyn turned to oak frame, as he had always loved the look of Welsh Oak Frame properties, since his experience of living in one as a child.
After looking around example oak frame properties, the Jones’ were sold on, selecting Welsh Oak Frame as their partner of choice. The plans were quickly drawn up for the extension, creating a distinctive ‘T-shape’, with the original body of the house forming the base, alongside the extension, which were built at right angles. This extension altogether nearly doubled the overall size of the property.
Along with all Welsh Oak Frame builds, traditional oak framing techniques were employed; bay structures were used for a kitchen-diner to the right of the front door, whilst a lounge area was situated to the left. The infill panels which are found between the oak timbers, purpose-built by Welsh Oak Frame, were highly insulated with gaskets to keep the house weather-tight when the oak naturally shrinks.
The house is no longer recognisable to the original property, and has become a much more convenient and comfortable size home for the Jones family. The couple, along with Welsh Oak Frame, have created a stunning, traditional-looking property within the beautiful Welsh countryside. With an unusual Jacobean-style porch as the entrance, the house stands out beautifully in the local area.
Commenting on the creation of their dream home the Jones’ said: “We consider ourselves lucky to have this house.”