As families grow, so the need for extra space becomes more important. You may have a house you believed would provide all the space necessary for your growing family, but you’ve discovered you have outgrown it faster than expected! It happens to many families, and there are usually two possible options. One, of course, is to move to a bigger house. This has its advantages, yet moving home is a stressful and expensive choice.
Furthermore, what if you have a home in a neighbourhood you like, one that is convenient for your place of work, for your children’s schools, and where you are settled and happy? The second option is to add room to your existing home by building above room above outbuilding, and you’ll be surprised how cost-effective this can be.
Experts in the word of designing and building oak framed outbuildings, The Classic Barn Company may be the people you need to talk to for either room above outbuildings extensions, or perhaps a new building in your garden. Why do we recommend oak framed? Let’s have a look in a little more detail.
Why Choose The Classic Barn Company?
Oak frames have been used for building for many centuries, and this traditional and very impressive method of building is still popular in the UK and elsewhere for many reasons. We have selected the award winning Classic Barn Company for this review as they have recognised experience in building everything from oak framed garages to outbuildings with accommodation, and can help with every aspect of the project from planning through to final completion.
Oak is a durable, long-lived wood that is widely used in traditional buildings – and is also intrinsically associated with the UK – and lends itself perfectly to wooden-framed garages. As experienced oak framed builders, you will find a Classic outbuilding to be the perfect choice for your new space, but first you need to talk to them about what you actually want.
For example, are you looking for workspace above an existing outbuilding? Or, as with many of their clients, do you want to build an oak framed garage with space above, perhaps for accommodation or as an additional office or for rental income as an Air B&B perhaps? They can help with any project you might have, and if you want to learn more about designing and building oak framed buildings there is plenty of information here that you can read in the first instance.
Once you have an idea, get in touch with their team and one of their consultants will listen to your ideas and requirements, and talk to you about the practicalities of your idea, and how to make it reality. If you’re still searching for ideas right now, let’s check out a few of their case studies.
Some Examples of Room Above Outbuildings
One of the design options you could consider is this beautiful three bay outbuilding, which also includes space above. The traditional country garage design is perfect for creating extra room for your cars, and also has guest accommodation above – accessed by a beautiful oak staircase – as well as storage rooms within. This example was built in Wiltshire and finished with a slate room; it’s a great example of their craft, and one that you might want to consider if you are looking for an entirely new garage with room above.
A second example is this bespoke oak building with room above for storage alongside the garage area below. Above is a wonderfully designed layout which would make for excellent additional guest room or, with its large glass windows and doors, amazing glass balcony area and full-height Juliet balcony, a very comfortable office away from the house itself. As with all designs from The Classic Barn Company, you could expand this to house more than four vehicles, and the final design is open to alteration.
Another project completed by The Classic Barn Company is this four bay garage with room above, compromising two open car ports and two outer bays utilised as room for workspace or even additional living space, and a superbly designed room above including a roof window for additional light, that would double as guest rooms, gym or office space. Access is by external oak staircase, and the overall look of this Hampshire example is of traditional country style to match the estate.
The above are just a few examples of the oak framed outbuildings with accommodation that have been built for clients by the award-winning Classic Barn Company, and each can be used as a template for your requirements that you and the their consultant can work with to achieve a design that fits your requirements.
Full Design and Build Service
Working with The Classic Barn Company you will enjoy the benefits of their full design and building services, and the knowledge and experience they have in creating beautifully made, superbly practical and long-lasting oak framed garages and barns with purposeful built habitable space above. They will also help you with all aspects of the project including the planning application, which is an area where you require the expertise of persons who understand what is required.
Oak, being a natural material, makes for the perfect building material in traditional settings, and there are a number of further examples on the website and in case studies that you can have a closer look at for inspiration. Whether you need a simple garage extension or a full bespoke building with room above – whether for working space or for guest accommodation – the oak framed construction is the perfect choice, and it is important to select the right contractor who can adopt accountability for the full turn key build solution.
The Classic Barn Company has been building oak framed outbuildings of various designs in and around the counties of Wiltshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire, but are by no means exclusive to these areas. If you believe that a traditional oak framed outbuilding with room above is the ideal solution for your requirements, talk to The Classic Barn Company now and they will provide cost indications, send you a brochure and arrange for you to meet with a consultant to discuss your ideas further.