Midsummer House

Cottages Case Study

Having scoured the area for the perfect country home, our client quickly realised that her perfect property couldn't be found.

Wanting something that looked pretty and had character, yet didn't require major restoration and would be easy to keep warm with a light, spacious and well finished interior, her thoughts turned to custom build.

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Midsummer House

Border Oak had purchased this infill plot in a bucolic North Herefordshire village - it sat between two existing houses and within the historic core, but was generous and private. After securing planning approval, Border Oak listed the plot on their plot database and the client quickly agreed to purchase the land and commissioned a complete build package - not wanting to get involved with the construcion process other than choosing materials and interior finishes.

A few minor changes were made to the planning approval to suit the client's specifc wishes and then work commenced with Border Oak taking on the entire process, including project management, for a fixed price. As the cottage was a SIPs encapsulation build, with the oak frame internally and the house then faced in handmade bricks, (including a decorative dentil course) Border Oak were able to reduce the amount of structural framing to give subtle character without overwhelming the appearance.

By cleverly constructing a double oak framed garage attached to the house via a small link structure, Border Oak were able to future proof the house - creating a downstairs bedroom, bathroom and living area. Since moving in, the client has also converted the space above the garage into an office.

Traditional Cottage Design, Oak Porch, Simple Oak Frame, Sun Room
Scopes of work
Border Oak Scope of works: 
, Planning
and Full Build
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Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine Say........
"The simple truth is that this is a very well executed house — built to a high design and a high standard, without much fuss at all. It's an exceptionally pleasant country cottage"