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 […]
Oak Framed Garden Room (Oak Framed Sun Room & Orangery) The initial design for this particular project was to integrate a spacious ground floor oak frame extension to the existing 16th century cottage. The L shape footprint of the cottage led to the design concept of a centred structure tying the two sides of the existing cottage together, creating a large vaulted area that could be accessed via the kitchen and front room. To create the space to enable us to build the newly designed structure called for a huge amount of earth to be excavated from the site. To retain the earth bank after excavation, we utilized the strength and longevity of oak sleepers to create a retainer wall, which, after completion, gave a soft, natural look to an otherwise large vertical area. The roof configuration was chosen to give a more stand-alone feel to the structure and to aid the existing window positions. The large amount of glazing to the new oak structure called for a highly insulated roof to help compensate for any heat loss from the underfloor heating system that was also incorporated into the design. Underfloor heating is the most economical way to heat the majority […]
The river Nene was the predominant feature with this project. The small existing cottage that we had as a starting point was originally the water mill. This main feature of the river so close to the dwelling also presented the main hurdle for us as there were several issues that this presented. Firstly the footings of the new main oak framed house could not be dug in the traditional way. We used the method of pile driving steel tubes several metres into the earth to give us the stability needed to create a stable platform for the next stages of the build. The oak frame that we designed then had to be assembled and with no access for heavy lifting equipment, this was all done by hand employing the age old methods of ropes pulleys & winches similar to the ancient roman Trispastos system. After the frame was assembled, the structure was made water tight as soon as possible to allow all the other trades to move in and start their processes of the build. Whilst this was taking place we included the SIPS panels, rendered panels and glazing again using the direct glaze method of integrating the glass units onto our oak […]
Our brief for this project was to integrate a sympathetic design to an existing 17th century barn. As there were several oak features & oak trusses through out the existing barn the obvious choice was to create a building that mirrored these internal features. We also along with the correct material choice wanted to give them a complete 180 degree view of the their garden and to introduce as much natural light as possible. The roof configuration and pitch also matches the adjacent gable giving a balanced feel & look to the overall size and shape of the structure.The oak frame was hand made using air dried oak in our manufacturing barns and assembled by hand on site. The two oak waisted kingpost trusses held 2 oak purlins and several oak common rafters, all still visible from the interior of the room. We also fitted one conservation roof light to help the light penetrate into the adjacent room.The glazing used was 4-16-4 toughened Pilkington K glass units secured using the direct glaze method.This process is the most effective way of glazing oak structures. We use prime quality 42mm through and through quarter sawn dried oak as the oak cover boards, these […]