The ancient Roman town of Medbourne is now the new home to our oak frame. The design brief was to create large space and natural light on an existing stone cottage in a very tight exterior space. With a clever design of an internal oak frame being the hub of the extension, we were able to build off this and into the tight exterior stone walls to use the maximum room the site offered. This created several hurdles, the first being the roofing, this was resolved with the use of one pitched roof to the main oak structure then part flat and single pitched roofs to the “spoke” elements of the build. The entire build was encased in several layers of insulation giving above and beyond the regulated specification. The outer envelope of the oak frame was either stone or glass, the glass being clamped onto the oak structure using quarter sawn 41mm oak boards and the direct glaze method. This method although being time consuming, prevents all water and draught ingress and prolongs the life and the integrity of the oak frame. With the existing cottage offering the traditional cosy feel with the low ceilings and beams, the total contrast […]
Hallaton grade 11 listed oak home. We have recently refurbished a 14th century stone house in the local village of Hallaton. The works involved a complete re-wire, complete heating system, part re-plaster. new flooring throughout, complete decoration and a 50m2 oak framed extension. The stone house forms part of the central hub of the ancient village of Hallaton, therefore the planners were very particular in the design and material choice. After long discussions and several site visits, the design and materials were chosen and as you can see, perfectly enhance the existing house giving an additional 45m2 to the all ready extensive 2 storey house. This allowed us to re-design the family’s dynamic use of the existing and new space giving them the maximum benefit of their home. As with all of our projects, the end result never disappoints, with the natural light and feeling of space that our oak frames create, this is always a winning combination.
Oak Framed House (Stone & Oak Extension) The stone and oak extensions to the existing house in the village of Pillsgate are now complete with the owners thoroughly enjoying their new space. The project added another 5 rooms to an established residence surrounded by the beautiful estate grounds of Burghley House. The main room consists of a large oak frame with vaulted ceilings, this room will become the hub of the house for the family as it not only accommodates the kitchen and a full size 8 seater table and chairs, the large room was designed to allow a third function, the “day room” which includes soft seating allowing you to relax and enjoy the natural light and warmth that the open space has created. The bi-fold doors that are incorporated into the design are manufactured here to very specific details and lead the UK bi-fold industry in specification and performance. As the summer approaches, these will be folded back to reveal the beautiful gardens and with the internal and external flooring levels being the same, the sunken running track gives the appearance of the floor continuing from the internal room out onto the York stone terrace. The other 5 […]
We have recently completed some an extensive oak frame extension to an existing property in the small Leicestershire village of Goadby. The oak framed design incorporates an extended kitchen area that links on to a day room and dining area with the main emphasis on natural materials and natural light. The oak frame also incorporates a loggia and a 1st floor landing area that doubles up as a seating/reading area. The simple use of a limited number of materials and clean lines help create a minimalist yet warm look. The cedar deck and tiled landscaping built to the same height as the interior floor help you to view the interior and exterior floor space as one. This gives you the impression of the interior floor space seeming larger as it flows seamlessly into the exterior areas. The double doors that lead from the existing house to inside the loggia gain easy access to the covered eating/sitting area. The design of the oak frame has linked the new space with the old and has transformed the family dynamic use of the entire ground floor area creating a functional kitchen area that easily flows into the day room and dining room then […]
Modern & Contemporary Oak Timber Architecture Contemporary architecture is formally defined as the building style of the present day. Today’s styles, however, are quite varied and have a number of different influences. It is generally recognized that contemporary architecture is an evolution of modern architecture. While these two terms are sometimes used synonymously, this usage is not correct. Modern architecture refers to the building style of the early to mid-20th century. It features clean lines and an emphasis on function. Those elements that characterised modern architecture, however were also sometimes thought to be cold and impersonal. This belief lead to the creation of the contemporary style as is recognized today. Like the modern style, contemporary architecture connects indoor and outdoor spaces, but it adds some personal touches and warmth throughout the living space. The use of natural light also plays a big part in defining this style. For this reason, large and expansive windows are a common and easily recognized feature of contemporary homes. Green building is also becoming a strong component of the contemporary style. Architects today are placing more emphasis on energy efficiency; they also are using sustainable, natural, and recycled materials, thus creating eco-friendly houses. Contemporary homes are […]
We have completed a full oak cruck bladed truss frame in the ancient village of Horninghold. The project has taken several months as the detail involved in every aspect of the build was of the highest specification. The oak cruck bladed trusses support the hand made ridge and purlins, with the vertical oak frame posts and floor beams completing the structural frame. Any keen viewer of Grand Designs will have heard of oak frame construction. Traditional brick and block houses have two ‘leaves’, generally speaking the outer leaf is brick, the inner leaf is block and the cavity in between the two is filled with insulation. Timber frame does away with the block inner skin and replaces it with a structural Oak frame. The outer leaf is non-structural and can be brick, timber or stone; using special systems you can even render the outside and avoid the need to lay a single brick, you can also use a combination of these materials to suit the local surroundings and your council’s planning requirements. Oak frame construction has 30%-40% shorter, more predictable construction time than brick and block. This means a faster return on investment, reduced disruption and a tidier, safer and more efficient site. A typical […]
We have just completed substantial oak framed alterations and additions to a home in the Langton village near Market Harborough. We have worked on several phases at the premises for over the last 4 years with this last project being the final touch to a phased master plan. It is often the case that when clients ask us to re-design their existing homes, the completed “grand design” includes so much more than originally anticipated. This is obviously reflected in the budget figures and then often phased over time which enables the clients to reach their home’s maximum potential. Design in this way helps reduce the “hindsight” risk that is often the case when building and altering a home. The new space that we have created here takes advantage of the orientation of the plot with the majority of the glazed oak elevations being southerly facing. All of the oak frame is thoroughly air dried, minimising the risk of movement, with the external direct glaze boarding being kiln dried prime grade quarter sawn oak. This quarter sawn oak that we use in conjunction with our direct glaze system is extensively used in making furniture due to its stability and clean graining, […]
We have now completed phase 2 of our contracted oak framed project in the ancient village of Sulby, Leicestershire. After completing phase 1 last year (please see Sulby extension case study) the clients were keen to complete the project with the phase 2 build. This consisted of a simple oak framed extension to their already large front room which, when complete, gave them full views of the beautiful estate gardens. Not only have they benefitted from the use of the new space internally, externally the existing house now looks more balanced with a larger footprint. With the simple elements of oak & glass ,we have created a a light functional space that helps tie the dynamic use of the floor space together with phase 1. The external existing deck was enhanced with simple oak newels and a glass handrail/ balustrade giving a contained seating area that is easily accessed through the main pedestrian hand made oak door or the oak bi-folds dependent on weather conditions. With phase 1 & 2 complete, we are now talking about the possibility of enhancing or rebuilding the adjacent garages which would really complete the entire package.
We recently completed an Oak frame extension in the village of Sulby, Leicstershire. Sulby its self is a tiny village of a handful of houses that were originally built as servants quarters for Sulby Hall which was originally built in 1793-95. The original existing house was a lovely timber framed structure so the idea for continuity of materials and design was to extend using the age old method of Oak framing. Our Brief from the clients was that they would like a room that was large enough to seat there entire family and also to house a much larger up to date kitchen with a substantial island unit with also the possibility of a wood burner and 2 comfy chairs. After several attempts the final design shone through and after 5 weeks of on site works the finished structure was complete in time for Christmas 2011. We are working on phase 2 of the Sulby project which will incorporate a similar design in materials but the functions will be different as phase 2 is more of an Oak Framed wrap around that extends around there all ready large front room giving them full view of the Sulby estate gardens. Phase 2 […]
The client gave us a specific brief for this oak workshop, mainly that the structure was to house his collection of 1940’s tractors that he restored and that the structure needed to blend into the surrounding garden. The use of oak feather edge boarding on the vertical surfaces helped mask the structure while the cedar shingles on the roof gave a softer finished look to the roofline. This restoration of his collection of World War II tractors often meant the removal of the engines and other very heavy parts so a main eaves beam running through the centre of the structure was included in the frame to enable him to hoist these in and out of place. We also included, along the length of the garage, a work bench with overhead lighting which enabled him to carry out his many hours of work in comfort. Several roof lights were incorporated into the design as well as a hand made oak flush casement window and a gable casement to flood the workshop with as much natural light as possible. The doors were again hand made to the frame specification all hung using stainless steel hinges and antique black door furniture. Natural […]