Client: Mike and Jenny Hobbs
Style: New build oak frame house
Property size: 277 sq m
Build time: 9 months
When a 1970s bungalow with two acres of land came up for sale Mike and Jenny Hobbs jumped at the chance of buying it.
“We were living 100 yards away and loved the area but really wanted somewhere with more space and the potential to redevelop.
The plot was a good size, quiet with a rural outlook and it had out-buildings which meant Mike could work from home,” says Jenny.
There were several developers interested in the site but eventually the couple were successful and moved in with their three children, Pippa, Oliver and Matthew.
“We remodeled the bungalow to fit our lifestyle,” explained Jenny. But the long term plan was always to build a two-story house using green oak.
A decade later the bungalow was demolished and Jenny and Mike came to Welsh Oak Frame to help them turn the home of their dreams into a reality.
Jenny explained, “The planning permission took several years of compromising with the local authority but we had fantastic people on board who enabled us to achieve the design we wanted, even though we had to sacrifice a couple of outbuildings in the process.”
Once everything was approved the majority of the work went smoothly, with only a couple of glitches. “The full-height atrium proved to be difficult to handle mainly due to its scale,” says Mike, “but thankfully it all worked out in the end.”
Now there is plenty of space for the whole family, including their three dogs, cat, tortoise, ducks and chickens!
Reflecting on their self build journey Mike said: “The sheer scale of the building process was quite daunting but well worth the pain and we wouldn’t want to change a thing.”