This beautiful car deserves a beautiful home. The owner contacted us here at natural structures to design this Oak framed garage and showroom to house his passion. We are in the finishing throws of the assembly process with just the mezzanine floor to install. This is to be hung centrally with the ability to view through both glazed balustraded Oak trusses. To see more detail please see the case studies as we expect to be complete in the next two weeks we intend doing an in depth review.
This traditionally designed air dried oak porch has made its new home in the ancient Roman village of Medbourne, Leicestershire. With the swept eaves beam, jowl posts & vertical breather balustrade the design reflects the prominent position in the middle of this beautiful rural village. Using age old methods and materials we can recreate what would of been here hundreds of years ago giving this new build the authenticity it truly deserves.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]