Oak Trees, Ripley, Surrey

Oak Trees, Ripley, Surrey

OAK TREES

Project Specification:
Sector: Design & Build
Client: Stonehaven Group
Location: Ripley, Surrey
Project Value: £1m
Timescale: 52 weeks (two houses, adjacent sites)

Oak Trees is the second of two new houses we built for clients, Stonehaven Group, on a large plot in a private residential road previously occupied by a 1940s bungalow.

Both houses were constructed using traditional materials and of a size and style for sale into the target family market.

The private road is a mix of architectural styles, all set within large mature, landscaped plots; the architects designed the two new builds to vary in appearance from one another and therefore look ‘individual’ and fit in with their surroundings.

The existing mature landscaping to the plot was protected during the construction process to soften the look of the new house. Additional planting has added to the kerb appeal of the property.

The Design & Build project has been a success for all involved. This is the third project our team has completed for Stonehaven Group; we have developed a good working relationship that will enable us to hit the ground running on future projects.

Contemporary Beachfront House, West Wittering

Contemporary Beachfront House, West Wittering

Project Specification:
Sector: Residential
Client: Private Client
Location: West Wittering
Project Value: £1.3m
Timescale: 52 weeks

Buildwise were appointed to demolish and replace a typical 1950s 5 bedroomed beachfront dwelling with a new build contemporary house. Although the present owners had enjoyed living in the property for 10 years, the house was of no intrinsic design value whereas the location is spectacular.

Sitting on a third of an acre site, architects Plan A designed a sustainable, light-filled home for 21st century living standards, with the flexibility to meet the owners’ lifetime needs.

Spaces have been planned out so several generations of the owners’ family can enjoy the house and location. On the ground floor there is a generous games and entertainment space that runs the full width of the house, and also a large gym. An external shower room is accessed via a paved path from the beach. The covered outdoor cooking area has a commercial sized FireMagic barbecue area with adjacent preparation area. A dumb waiter has been installed to link the ground floor to the first floor kitchen.

To make the best of the views across the sand dunes and sea to the Isle of Wight, the internal living areas are open plan and at first floor level. The master suite has floor to ceiling bi fold doors on to an expansive terrace which links to the adjacent open plan living area.

The project has been completed with permeable hard landscaping, and a low wall to the front built in 1930s reclaimed bricks from Lloyd Hall in Outwood. Buildwise rebuilt the Hall in 2016, and our client was a major player in getting funding in place for the new community building; she was very pleased to incorporate a little bit of history in this new setting.

Country Cottage

Country Cottage

Project Specification:
Sector: Residential
Client: Private Client
Location: Brook, Surrey
Project Value: £180k excl frame
Timescale: 20 weeks

The owners of a large late Victorian cottage set within substantial grounds wanted to reconfiguration part of the interior to make best use of the space. An existing dilapidated timber framed garage was also to be replaced with a new oak-framed ancillary building.

Part of the mezzanine that made up the double-height dining hall was claimed at first-floor level to add to the bedroom and bathroom accommodation.

The ancillary building was designed to also add to the general accommodation, with a self-contained open-plan flat above the garaging.

With oak-framed new builds, Buildwise works in collaboration with Oakwrights, the multi-award winning company who specializes in the design and construction of all styles of oak framed houses.

Contemporary Barns

Contemporary Barns

Project Specification:
Sector: Design & Build
Client: Private Client
Location: Forest Green, Surrey
Project Value: £1.1m
Timescale: 40 weeks

Set in the most tranquil environment that the owners had enjoyed living in for many years, the site sat within the 30 acres attached to the family home.

Wanting to downsize, the opportunity to convert their dilapidated farm buildings to residential came when a change in legislation was made, making it easier to convert redundant agricultural buildings. This would allow them to remain in the area they knew and enjoyed.

The two barns were used to accommodate livestock, agricultural machinery and store hay from the surrounding fields. The largest barn was a steel frame structure whilst the smaller one was concrete framed. This posed construction issues working with pre-determined roof heights.

The brief was to create buildings that externally reflected materials used locally. Internally the owners wanted to embrace a completely different design style from the beamed family house they were living in.

A light an airy contemporary home has been created with spacious guest accommodation in the adjacent smaller barn. All sit within a large open piece of land to encourage wildlife and enjoy the surrounding countryside.

Silver Birches, Ripley, Surrey

Silver Birches, Ripley, Surrey

SILVER BIRCHES

Project Specification:
Sector: Design & Build
Client: Stonehaven Group
Location: Ripley, Surrey
Project Value: £1m
Timescale: 52 weeks (two houses, adjacent sites)

Having previously worked with Buildwise on another successful Design & Build project, our team were awarded the contract.

Silver Birches was designed to be sympathetic to its surroundings and to work as a cohesive with the other mixed architectural styles seen in the private road. The architects also designed the two new builds to vary in appearance from one another and therefore look ‘individual’.

The feature front elevation is of South Downs knapped flint in the local ‘Lovelace’ style with a substantial entrance portico. The oak posts reflect the adjacent oak framed ancillary building.

Constructed using traditional materials, the facing brickwork is of a red handmade stock under a plain clay tiled roof.

As experienced developers, our clients were hands-on throughout the build process and worked closely with our professional team to ensure the project ran smoothly with a successful outcome.