We have recently completed 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 eventually […]
Oak Framed Extension House The oak framed extensions are now completed in the beautiful village of Pillsgate which is surrounded by the estate grounds of Burghley House. The extensions comprised of one large oak framed room and five stone built rooms. These were linked to the main existing house to create a centre hub for the family to work around. The main room held three functions, the kitchen, a formal seating area and a day room that all benefited from the light open space created with the oak waisted king post truss vaulted ceiling and queen posted glazed truss. The oak frame was traditionally designed incorporating purlin sweeps and knee braces to give a very traditional feel. All the oak components were air dried for a minimum of five years to create the most stable frame to house the glazing and stone panels. Our decorator chose Farrow and Ball colours to complement the overall traditional feel and with the bespoke hand made framed kitchen and the one off Italian flagstone flooring, the end result shows off the high quality materials and craftsmanship.
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 recently completed this beautiful period oak frame house in the prestigious Rutland village of Hambleton, Rutland. Hambleton village is situated on the peninsula that protrudes into Rutland water , this peninsula is what splits the reservoir into two arms. The complete oak framed house was built on an existing footprint with superb views over the reservoir, by demolishing the original structure but saving the foundations and obviously the position, we are able to create this beautiful period home.