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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... 

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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Case Study: Three-Bay Garage, Entrance Porch And Home Enhancements

Posted 22nd Feb 2017

Always a fan of traditional oak-framed buildings, when George bought this beautiful but tired listed property in Sussex, he immediately saw the potential to restore it to its original glory. By applying oak features to the interior and exterior, adding a stunning garage development and a new porch, the house acquired valuable additional space and looked even more impressive than before.

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Our best small oak framed houses

Posted 15th Feb 2017

Building your own home is a big undertaking. However, the excitement helps you smooth the ups and downs and most self-builders remember the journey positively. Possibly the best part is looking for inspiration and deciding what you want. If you are looking to build a small house, there is no reason, why it couldn’t be an oak framed house. Here is a couple of our best small oak house projects, which will hopefully inspire you to embark on an oak frame construction project.

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Aiming high: How an oak roof can top off the perfect property

Posted 7th Feb 2017

When building or renovating your dream home, using oak can ensure that all aspects of the property are not only strong in structure, but impressive and beautiful to look at as well. Thanks to its strength, sustainability and aesthetic beauty, oak is the natural choice for stunning ceiling features which really make an impact. At Oakmasters, we create a huge range of oak rooves and trusses for our clients, and here is our guide on how to get started, as well as some examples of the stunning results you can achieve.

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