Graven Hill Self Build Development in Bicester, Oxfordshire

Graven Hill will be the UK’s leading custom build project which is being orchestrated by Cherwell District Council. The development will allow for like-minded future residents to work together in building a community with shared spaces and amenities along with their own personally designed homes meeting their specific requirements.

The site will allow for up to 1,900 new homes ranging from detached homes, semi and terraced, bungalows, apartment blocks, eco homes and custom build homes. The wide range of available plot sizes allows for larger scale grand designs to smaller plots for people with more modest budgets.

By now, many of us will have watched the ‘Grand Designs: The Street’ series, especially anyone with an interest in the development, and seen the fabulous self-build homes already taking shape. With so many options available at Graven Hill and versatility with the design of each home, this lends itself well to the services of Vision Development.

Vision Development are pleased to offer a range of products and services to any first time self-builders as well as experienced self-builders who are looking for a reliable and high quality timber frame supplier for their new home. We also offer custom build options where you’d maybe like input with elements of the design process, but would rather a developer like ourselves handles the more tasking aspects of a new build!

Choosing to work with Vision will allow you full control of your tailored home that suits all aspects of your lifestyle and budget.

Vision’s timber frame homes are built fast, strong and energy efficient. They not only save on energy use, and the subsequent lower running costs, but due to their pre-fabrication, they are flat packed onto a lorry and installed within a short period of time, leaving a weatherproof structure ready for 1st fix trades and external finishes to commence far quicker compared to alternative construction methods.

To find inspiration from previous self-build Clients we have provided timber frame homes to, take a look at our gallery and self build blog pages.

Below are some of our favourites! Click on the photos for more info on these builds.

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Closed Panel New Build Home in Chatham Kent
Self Build House in Bradfield West Berkshire
New Build Closed Panel Timber Frame House in Cold Ash, Berkshire

If the thought of self-build is too daunting, we also offer custom build packages which can be tailored to suit your individual needs, whether this is Vision managing the entire build for you, but you have input into the internal layouts and external finishes, or we can provide a weathertight structure for you to take over from there. We will work with your budget and expectations to provide a package that suits your individual requirements.

As developers we are well equipped to service a custom build project, here are some of the developments we have completed.

Closed Panel Home in Oxfordshire
New Build Timber Frame House for Sale
New Timber Frame Terraced Houses for Sale in Padworth

Vision also offer a range of Timber Frame Kit Houses which you may find would be suitable for the plot you are interested in at Graven Hill. The designs featured on our house kits page can be produced exactly as seen or can be easily adapted to suit individual taste, requirements and budget, allowing for changes to be made to both internal layouts and external dimensions, as well as alterations or upgrades to the external finishes. The kit houses come with their own building regulation drawings with various options on how much of the works you would like Vision to complete for you.

Timber Frame House Kit 05 Front View
Timber Frame House Kit 08 Front View
Timber Frame House Kit 14 Front View
Timber Frame House Kit 04 Front View

Our timber frame systems can be adapted as much or as little as you require to suit budget and U Value requirements amongst other important factors which all play a part in the design and build of your new home to suit every aspect of your lifestyle.

To better understand the costs of a self-build home, we have a handy tool on our website called the cost calculator, which you can input the square meterage of your proposed new build and it will calculate the indicative costs of self-building to that size and the breakdown of how the cost is determined.

With the costs noted and ideas flowing, you will be expanding now on the design elements of your new home! For assistance with the design stage of a new build project, head to our informative blog by clicking the photo to the right.

Designing Your Own Home

Our website holds lots of helpful information for first time sell-builders, or experienced self-builders who are yet to use timber frame. We have included links below to the relevant articles, but if you would like to learn further about the services we can offer you, please do get in contact with us directly where we will be happy to help…

It is a big step choosing the company who will build your new home, so we’d like for you to read some of the testimonials from our Client’s which we hope assists with your decision process. For many more, please see our Reviews Page.

Timber Frame New BuildWe have recently had built a new build property in Kingston Upon Thames measuring over 4,000 square feet with Vision Development creating the construction. This was an ultra modern build and was executed in the most efficient and practical manner with the utmost high quality of design and finish. A most sturdy construction with high quality wood. And even more important was the excellent help and assistance given to us by Tim and Jane Karpinski. Well done Jane & Tim.

Closed Panel Timber Frame DevelopmentI would like to thank Vision Development for providing high quality closed panel timber frames including metal web joist systems achieving excellent airtight and low energy results. I am pleased to say upon comparing my original costing’s provided and finals costs post completion, the properties were finished within my budget and timeframe which is important to me. It is reassuring to deal with a Company which conducts business in such a professional and efficient manner . I am currently instructing a further contract and look forward to dealing with Vision again.

Self Build Closed Panel HomeUpon planning our self build we contacted a number of Timber Frame companies. Vision Development were by far the most approachable, pro-active and helpful. As such we appointed them to supply our Timber Frame. We opted for a closed panel system which was manufactured and installed expertly.

Tim and Jane were always on hand during the pre-construction phase to answer questions and help push the project forward. During the construction phase the team worked extremely hard (in very difficult weather conditions) to complete the construction on time.

Overall Vision Development have been an excellent source of information and assistance, providing us with an excellent quality Timber Frame Construction.

For more details click on the image on the right to see the blog about this project.

Build It Live in Bicester

Here you can find out more about the Build It Live event in Bicester over the weekend of 8th and 9th June 2019.

Build It Live takes place in three locations each year around the UK. These events are the UK’s most practical self build and home renovating exhibitions and are produced by Build It Magazine.

The next Build It Live event takes place in The Bicester Heritage Event Centre (near the Graven Hill development) in Oxfordshire over the weekend of 8th and 9th of June. It is aimed at helping self builders. At the event you can…

  • Meet suppliers who can help support your self build project
  • Browse products and materials that can be used in your project
  • Attend seminars, workshops and demonstrations
  • Talk to experts and self builders who have already made their dream homes
  • Find and secure a suitable plot of land for your dream home

Graven Hill

Here you can find out more about the Graven Hill development in Bicester.

Graven Hill will be the UK’s leading custom build project. Graven Hill village is situated just south of central Bicester in Oxfordshire. Bicester was designated as a new Garden Town but has all the heritage and facilities of an established market town. Graven Hill has easy access to the road and rail network.

Up to 1,900 beautiful and unique homes will be built over 10 years. They will be surrounded by open, green spaces including woodland, allotments and a network of cycle and footpaths.

In particular, Graven Hill encourages and supports self build homes…

  • Pre-approved outline planning permission
  • Serviced plots with utilities connected
  • Roads, footpaths, drainage and landscaping

If you wish to speak with us about your own self build project in Graven Hill or anywhere else, please get in touch with us on 0118 971 2181 or email your plans to us on

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