The Living Oak Approach

Design

The way we work is very much a conversation between you and us. We listen, earn trust and foster friendships. We are mindful that creating an addition to your home is a journey and a life experience. It is therefore essential that we understand the way you live, think and what you enjoy. This is the key to great design.

We like to think all our houses, extensions or garden buildings are distinctly different and are the result of this dialogue which starts with an email or phone call and carries on through documents, discussions and drawings until we are all happy the project is right for you.

At the outset we are very mindful of your budget and will have an early upfront conversation about this. We appreciate that this is probably one of the biggest financial investments you’ll ever make. During the design process we bring together a network of people to make the building a reality. We have well-established relationships with expert tradesmen who all play an essential part in the delivery process.

Planning

If you are looking to make significant changes to your home, build a new home or a new garden building you will most likely require planning permission from your local council.
 
Our service can include taking care of all areas of the design and planning of your project, including the pre-application process, preparation and submission of the planning application, building regulations and structural calculations. Alternatively, if you have plans and planning permission already in place, we are happy to work with your architect or builder to bring your project to completion.

We can prepare complete design proposals for properties in areas which include – conservation areas, green belt and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Over the years, we have established a close working relationship with local authority planning departments to ensure well managed and successful projects from the start.

Budgeting

From the outset we can give you a Guide Budget Figure so you know where you are. However, we strongly recommend that you have full and detailed drawings and a specification completed by us or your architect. You may consider this an unnecessary cost and feel capable of working with us or your builder directly to save cost, as is often the case with clients working to a limited budget. The truth is spending that extra on a detailed specification can become the best money you spend as it cuts out the anomalies and hones the numbers, minimising mistakes and wastage.
 
Once we know precisely what your requirements are we will give you a Fixed Price for the work, with no hidden extras. You need to know how much it will cost and what you are getting, with no nasty surprises. Detailed drawings and a full specification of works enable us to tell you exactly what the costs are.

Construction

We offer various levels of support and involvement depending on your particular needs.

Subject to your location we are able to offer a ‘turn key’ service, dealing with every aspect of the build from initial design to completion of the build. Our core turn key areas include Surrey, North West Kent, East & West Sussex and East Hampshire, please do contact us for further details if you are just outside these areas. We are able to provide oak frame and glazing on a nationwide basis, working with your appointed builder.

The Process

The process breaks down into the following key stages:

  • Initial Conversations and Meeting
  • Design proposal provided with a Guide Budget Figure
  • Designs agreed & planning submitted
  • Detailed drawings and Fixed Price provided
  • Construction

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