We are in the later stage of completion on this lovely air dried oak extension to a 650 year old cottage in Medbourne. The area is very sensitive to planning as it’s not only grade 11 listed building but also on a heritage site. The ancient village of Medbourne was predominately a large Roman village some 2000 years ago with its prime location interjecting many bridleways and water courses. The brief for this particular project was a heritage sympathetic external appearance with the internal aesthetics being contemporary/modern. We have achieved the interior aesthetics with the use of lime plaster and existing stone finishes which help create a very simple yet effective canvas for the new clean lines of the kitchen and dray room furniture. We are at present waiting for the screed to dry, we then will be doing the final touches with the oak floor and painted skirtings.
Oak Framed Extensions (Oak Framed Outbuilding & Conservatories) We are near completing works in the small village of Cathorpe. This 14 meter long air dried oak frame extension will become the main family room. The forward section of the 14 meter build is a sitting room with a central wood burner acting as the main focal point, also incorporating double doors that lead on onto the terrace. The central area forming a library and day room with the rear acting as a snug for the children and dogs. All the oak used in the frame build was of best quality french air dried oak with the direct glazing system being used to envelope the entire frame preventing all moisture/water, draught ingress. The direct glaze boards are best quality quarter sawn 42mm oak used in conduction with various gaskets and sealants. The finished frame will stand the test of time not only in design but also against the harsh British climate.
We have just completed a 2 storey oak frame extension in the village of Berden, Staffordshire. The existing house was originally a 14th century oak framed house, so the addition of an extension of two new rooms, a balcony and staircase was inevitably going to be oak framed. We spent several months designing the frame as the client was very specific in his ideas of aesthetics and detail. The interior of the building has two crook trusses incorporated as the bases of the design with oak floor joists forming the first floor. The main room which will be the new kitchen area, with an almost 300 degree view of the garden and paddocks. The first floor area is to be the master bedroom with the French doors being the main focal point from the interior again giving views of the extensive garden and paddocks whilst giving access to the balcony and staircase. The external oak frame was direct glazed using quarter sawn 41mm oak , the best oak material available, helping to resist the potential for cupping and twist. All of the oak used for the frame and staircase was as our standard air dried for 5-7 years. The finished oak […]
We are now starting phase 3 of 3 phased oak frame project in the very quiet village of Wigsthorpe near Oundle. The oak build Phase 1 & 2 were completed in 2012 with the intention to complete phase 3 in the spring of 2013. With the proposed oak framed completion of phase 3, the existing house will have been completely re designed and rebuilt with only a minimum of the existing structure still remaining. We have redesigned the new structure to allow the family dynamics to work to the clients’ brief of large and bright living spaces which incorporate form and function. The extensive works of phase 3 will be the combining of the 2 previous phases creating for all intents and purposes a complete oak framed house. With new bathrooms , kitchens,flooring ,joinery, plastering , plumbing and decoration the end result should be truly jaw dropping!
We are in the stages of completing an oak framed boat house on an estate in Leicestershire. The boat house is designed to have 2 elevations that open up with bi-folding doors that lead onto a large expanse of decking. The usage throughout the summer months is to give a focal point to the 3 acre lake and to create a useable covered space to enjoy the wildlife and long summer days. Throughout the winter months it will be used as a shoot cabin for the estate shoot parties. The positioning of this oak cabin could not be better, with the 100 year old lake and huge established pine trees giving our oak cabin the best possible setting. We all are looking forward to seeing the end result.
The ancient village of Hallaton in Leicestershire is now the proud home of our newly completed oak and stone extensions to an exiting 600 year old house that we have recently refurbished. The outlook is that of the historic valley of Hallaton which every year sees the ancient sport of “bottle kicking”. As the building was listed, the choice of materials and design were of the paramount importance, the area is very sensitive as Hallaton is one of the oldest villages in Leicestershire. The oak frame design was deemed by the planners to be the most sympathetic design for the area and along with the design were more than happy to give the planning permission confirmation.
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.
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.
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.