Oak Houses & Buildings We have just completed a beautiful contemporary oak house in the Addington villages east of Kettering. The landscaping of the gardens is yet to be done but is next on the cards and should be complete in the next few weeks. The design of the house was to be modern yet simple and using sympathetic materials we have managed to create a soft but modern look. Using just three elements – stone, slate and oak, these natural materials help blend the structure into its natural wooded background. The glazing method that we chose to use for this particular build was the direct glaze method using the best quality qaurter sawn prime grade oak we were able to keep the finish of the exterior of the Oak frame completely clean of any imperfections in the oak and also to create strong straight lines that is essential in this type of design. The large amount of glazing that we introduced into the build helps give the interior a fresh open feel and enables the clients to virtually see 180 degree views of the beautiful woods that the plot sits with in. We expect to be totally finished in the next […]
Oak Trusses The ancient village of Horninghold, Leicestershire is now the proud home of the cruck bladed truss air dried oak frame that we manufactured not far away in our oak framing barns near the village of Tur Langton. All the oak used in the manufacture of the frame was air dried, with component sections starting at 200mm x 200mm and reaching 250mm x 250mm. This air drying helps with the reduction of movement, helps prevent unsightly shrinkage of joints and offers a surface finish that can be sanded to a very fine/smooth finish. The brief was to design, manufacture and assemble a structurally sound oak frame with as many curved components with in the trusses as possible to create an internally soft, curved aesthetic finished frame that would complement the finished interior design. Of the 12 components that made up the cruck bladed truss, five of these were curved with a minimum of 80mm deep radius cut. The entire oak frame consisted of 72 oak components, 32 of these were curved. With nearly 50% of the entire oak frame consisting of differing radius curves we hope that the finished project will exceed all the clients’ expectations.
We have just completed a 2.5 bay oak garage. This includes a interior staircase that leads to a fully insulated office and gym space, a lockable tractor shed and open 1.5 bay car port. The lighting for the 1st floor area was provided by several conservation roof lights and the gable quarter lights. The roof tiles used were from an existing building that we demolished prior to the build. The doors to the oak garage were hand made using the finest quality prime grade oak. The entire structure was built within 4 weeks from start to finish including the footings, frame and roof.
The word “loggia” is an italian word that means “An open-sided or open-ended, roofed gallery, either free-standing or along the front or side of a building”. A loggia can be used for many things but the main two uses are “Al Fresco Dining” and a relaxed seating area – both of these functions have the huge benefit of the use in all weathers. The advantages of a covered seating/eating area in the British climate are obvious and after our advice the clients for this particular project decided to include the loggia design. The external loggia is weatherproofed by using a pre-painted sarking board to the underside of the vaulted roof and by extending the main structural frame to support extended roof structure. If your project has the space and budget we recommend the loggia design as it enhances the aesthetic look and feel of the build with the huge benefit of the functional all weather covered area.
After we met the area sales manager of the Canadian company “Milwaukee” we decided to invest in their extensive range of heavy duty tools and accessories. Since its founding in 1924, Milwaukee has focused on a single vision: To produce the best heavy-duty electric power tools and accessories available to the professional user. Today, the Milwaukee name stands for the highest quality, durable and reliable professional tools money can buy. The company continues to set industry standards, targeting professional tool users of all types with a product line that includes more than 500 tools and over 3,500 accessories. Throughout its history Milwaukee’s commitment to quality remains steadfast, although the way that quality is ensured has changed drastically. Quality is designed in, using state-of-the-art technologies and sophisticated manufacturing techniques. Along with many tool purchases we invested in there heated jackets. These utilize the batteries that are used with our power tools and have several heat settings. As we generally work outside in the great British climate, the idea behind the jackets is that with the proper base layer the jackets create their own warmth. As there are less layers the wearer is more comfortable and less restricted which will enable him […]
We use the best quality straight grained defect free oak for the manufacture of our oak dowel pegs. The timber used for the manufacture of our oak dowel are the off cuts of the 42mm through and through quarter sawn boards that we produce when making our direct glaze boards. These off cuts are sawn 1mm oversized then fed through a thicknesser to create a accurate oak bead of 18mm. These beads are then fed through our router tables taking off the 90 degree corner angles to create a clean defect free round finished oak dowel. The oak dowel is kiln dried and when hammered into the oak frame, the free water within the structural beams penetrate the oak dowel causing it to swell and tighten into the pre-drilled mortice and tenons. These are then sawn off utilizing a 10mm packer pattern giving a uniform over length traditional pegged morticed and tenonned joint.
We are all ways looking for ways to improve the oak framing industry industry and with this in mind we have now sourced a French mill that will supply us with prime quality 42mm through and through quarter sawn boules. Our timber is imported directly from mills in France, which produce high quality timber with environmental responsibility at competitive prices. Although cheaper stocks may be available we prefer to maintain our standards, supplying customers with highest grades of oak. Where possible we will also visit the mills to inspect and ensure the timber’s grade and quality. This has helped establish a number of long-term relationships with producers, allowing us to place contracts typically 4 to 8 months in advance. Thus we can also ensure both continuity of supply and stable prices, when otherwise sourcing can be very difficult, partly due to producers facing up to their environmental responsibilities and also due to unprecedented global demand for timber from non-traditional areas. The highly stable quarter sawn oak is the perfect partner for the direct glazing method we employ due to the grain direction and virtually knot free composition of the boards. This gives an unprecedented stability and longevity to the oak cover […]