Acorn Cottage, Herefordshire
What’s it like to live in a timber frame house? We wanted to find out, so we spoke to Mr & Mrs Swift, owners of a timber frame home on an exclusive housing development in Herefordshire…
“We first became aware of the development by chance when we were out for a drive on a Sunday afternoon. We were so impressed with the style of development that we drove onto the site even though we were not considering a move.
Whilst we were ‘having a nosey’ around a partly completed cottage, we were approached by a man who turned out to be the developer, Les Chambers, who asked if we would like to have a look inside.
Timber Frame Construction
Les explained that the properties were being built using timber frame construction which provided excellent insulation and would therefore keep heating costs low. He also pointed out that the construction technique made it easier to “redesign” the house, if needed, in the future – bedrooms two and three, for example, could be made into one quite easily, if required.
“We had, in the past, considered buying a cottage, but were put off because the cottages we had seen tended to have small windows, making them dark inside, and also because of the potential maintenance costs. We both could see immediately that this property would give us everything we wanted – a modern house with a cottage design having plenty of light and low maintenance. We also would be living on a small development with close neighbours which is desirable as you get older!
“Even though the property was still to be completed and having listened to what Les had to say, we decided there and then that we wanted to buy it. Arrangements were made the following day for our property to be marketed. The property sold within two weeks and we moved into our new property five days before Christmas 2018.
Living in a Timber Frame Property
“We have now been in Acorn Cottage for 14 months and have absolutely no regrets about the decision we made on that Sunday afternoon. This is the first property we have owned in which the temperature is constant in whichever room you go. The lounge and kitchen are probably our favourite rooms, but the cottage character can be found throughout the property.
“Whilst we have lived in Acorn Cottage, Les has built three further houses allowing us to see first-hand how the houses are built from start to finish. This has confirmed our initial belief that we have ‘bought into a quality construction’. We have seen other developments being built, whilst we have travelled around the country, and we can honestly say that we believe none compare with the quality of the timber frame construction provided by Taylor Lane.”