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The Oakmasters Blog

Oakmasters' blog is full of useful information on sustainability, self building and oak framing as well as our latest news and case studies. Use the tag system at the bottom of this page to navigate to articles that interest you. We hope you enjoy reading... 

Small packages: Oak isn’t only for large properties

Posted 22nd Jun 2017

We are used to addressing misconceptions about oak here at Oakmasters. One of the myths commonly associated with using oak is that it’s only reserved for extensive country estates. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and some of the projects we are proudest of involve small cottages and modest urban homes, all using oak to create stunning visual spaces. Here are some examples of how using oak can ensure that small is definitely beautiful.

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Extra flair: adding the perfect finishing touch with special oak features

Posted 14th Jun 2017

The beauty of oak is that you can use as much or as little in your home, depending on your style and your requirements, and still benefit from the warmth and atmosphere it creates. Whether your home boasts an oak frame, exposed oak beams or oak posts and trusses, each individual feature has its own charm.

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Professional advice: Why quality is so important in oak construction

Posted 6th Jun 2017

Quality assurance plays a huge role in every industry. Making sure that the products, services and delivery provided to customers meet the highest possible standards should be a top priority for every business owner. The world of oak construction is no different, and actually, quality takes on an extra level of importance in our industry, because we are dealing with the safety and security of people’s homes. Here is our guide to what quality means in the world of oak, and the measures we take to ensure that the timber we use in our frames and components is the very best material for the job.

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Going solo: Our guide to everything you need to know about building your own oak framed home

Posted 17th May 2017

Building your own property is rewarding and challenging in equal measure. Nothing can beat the thrill of knowing that the property you set foot in each day has been created from your own ideas, designs, or even by your own hands. Of course, it also involves months of planning, countless obstacles and lots of hard work, but every client we work with on self-build projects say that the end result and the sense of true ownership make everything worth it in the end. This is our guide to the latest developments in the oak self-build sector and what you need to know before embarking on your own project.

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Professional Advice: How oak is the perfect choice for customers seeking sustainability

Posted 10th May 2017

Sustainability sells. According to a 2016 survey by the Carbon Trust, forty percent of British people are prepared to pay more for something that’s greener, better, or fairer, and across Europe consumers now consider environmental impact to be the third most important purchasing factor, behind only quality and price. With oak clearly a natural resource, it’s understandable that many homeowners may question its sustainability, so here are some useful facts you can give your customers to reassure them that building with oak is the ultimate environmentally friendly choice.

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Making an Entrance: Complete your home with a beautiful oak framed porch

Posted 27th Mar 2017

Picture this: you’ve spent months designing, building or converting your dream home. Inside, everything is perfect, with interior design to die for and rooms full of character and special features. Outside, you may have an ultra modern look or the perfect chocolate box country exterior. So what can make this picture even more appealing? To ensure your house makes an impact from the very moment your guests approach your property, you should consider the addition of an oak framed porch or entrance feature to your home. Here are a few ideas on how to make the ultimate first impression.

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Great Garages: How to make your oak framed garage as impressive as your property

Posted 14th Mar 2017

When building your dream home, you want everything to stand out, from the entrance hall to the outbuildings. Instead of simply a space for your car and somewhere to store excess belongings, an oak framed garage can be one of the jewels in your property crown. Whether you keep it as a sturdy home to keep your car dry over the winter months, or develop into an extra entertainment space, there’s no reason for your garage to simply be an afterthought.

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Pooling your ideas: what to think about when planning to build an oak framed swimming pool house

Posted 28th Feb 2017

An oak framed swimming pool house is a fantastic mark of luxury: a great way to incorporate leisure, entertainment and extra storage into your property and grounds. Oak opens up a world of opportunities for unique design features, incredible ceiling structures and stunning finishing touches.

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