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We understand that having building work done in the place you are also living in can be challenging. Our workmen are considerate, honest and committed to delivering the best results. 

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Our experienced team of builders understand just how important it is for you to have confidence in us and our work process. We know this is not just about bricks and mortar, it is about creating a home.

Meet our team

We work with a wide range of local building contractors depending on the needs of project

James Probert

Director - Head of Technical Design
James is the co-founder of Oakenstone along with close friend and colleague, Dave Mowle.

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Dave Mowle

Director - Designer and Operations Manager
As Oakenstone’s lead designer and value engineer, Dave will often be your first point of contact on-site. Some say he looks familiar

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Marcus Bell

Finishing
co-ordinator
He’s THE FINISHER which sounds brutal but as he puts it, he gets to do all the pretty things; everything from plastering onwards is his domain.

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Pete Newberry

Operations and Administration Support
Pete is the first point of contact for any client calling the office and runs the day-to-day administration of the office .

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Oliver Edwards

Building Designer
Olly is the newest member of our team and is one of our CAD wizards.

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Hero

Office Security
Hero spends most of her time milling about the office. All visitors are more than welcome to accept the challenge of trying to pull the tennis ball out of her mouth.

Project Stages

 

First Meeting (Free of charge)

YOU tell us what your project must deliver, what you would like in addition and what you think you can’t afford. We can give you an instant scale of cost and offer advice on the impact on your property value. As designers, we will typically be able to see design options and instantly assess potential ways to fit all your requirements against guideline budgets. This meeting is always free of charge.

Feasibility Study

Once you have engaged us, we will do an initial survey of the property and prepare one or more initial options drawn to scale together with some associated costs options. We will also advise on planning and building regulation requirements and any other potential costs or issues that might arise. For example: party wall agreements, highways considerations and so on.

You can then choose whichever design option offers the best balance between your wish-list and your budget. Often at this stage it is a combination of elements from two or more options, in which case we can advise on how best these can be combined. This delivers a concept design that has been cost assessed and established as feasible, satisfying your requirements and appropriate for the property and location.

Design Development

The Feasibility Study ensures the Design phase of the project sets off on the right track from the start. Layout drawings and initial sketches now need to be developed either for the planning application process and/or for construction and building regulation purposes. As we develop the design detail we can also provide more accurate costings.

As experienced builders, we guide the design detail down more economic paths rather than those often chosen by architects. Thoughtful and informed construction design at this stage invariably pays off with either a reduced cost or more construction for the same budget.

Teamwork and communication 

Once we have agreed a final design we will sign you up to ‘Teamwork’ which is our online project management portal and this allows you to keep track of your project throughout the development and construction process.

Teamwork – Our Project Management tool

We prioritise communication to keep stress to a minimum, to maximise efficiency and to enable you to monitor the progress of your project. It is immediately accessible and easy to use.

Teamwork allows you to keep up to date on project news from planning permission applications to team schedules right down to the details like your choice of kitchen tile.

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Our experienced team of builders understand just how important it is for you to have confidence in us and our work process. We know this is not just about bricks and mortar, it is about creating a home.

We understand that having building work done in the place you are also living in can be challenging. Our workmen are considerate, honest and committed to delivering the best results. Most of our recommendations come from client referrals or via Trusted Trader.

Why Choose OakenStone?

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Previous PRojects

Parsonage Terrace, Bakewell

Our client had initially been told that her attic did not have the required height to create a loft conversion as she explained when she first contacted us. On our first consultation visit we could see the problem but also a clear solution.

Asker Lane – Loft Conversion in Matlock

The clients wanted an extension which we could see straightaway was beyond their budget. But what we also saw was a fantastic loft conversion that gave them all they wanted and more but within a budget they could afford.

The Lawns

This is an exciting new build overlooking the top of Matlock with fantastic views towards Riber. The original bungalow was demolished and replaced by a Timber Frame and stone extension.

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