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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... 

Case study: Oak garden room - a lovely extension to a listed cottage

Posted 13th Mar 2019

Glazed oak structure replaces an old conservatory and gives this period cottage a much-desired family space, flooded with daylight.

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Glulam timber frames – Oakmasters embraces a new material

Posted 25th Feb 2019

Oakmasters' capabilities now include producing timber frame buildings using glulam as well as traditional oak framing. Here, we introduce glulam, discuss its benefits and provide some inspiration from independent projects around the world.

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Building your dream oak framed house – Part 3: What to expect during assembly

Posted 24th Jan 2019

In the last part of our blog trilogy about oak-framed house self build process, we explore the details of the assembly process on your site.

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Building your dream oak framed house – Part 2: What happens during off site production stage

Posted 11th Dec 2018

Planning to self build? Find out what to expect when building your dream oak framed house. In this part, we talk about what happens during off site production stage.

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Building your dream oak framed house - Part 1: What to expect during house design stage

Posted 6th Nov 2018

Whether you have already decided to build your dream oak framed home, or are only at research stage, it is always useful to know what happens behind the scenes during the house design and build process. This way, you will know what to expect at each stage, prepare and adjust your plans accordingly, working to a realistic deadline.

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Case study: The Coach House, a cosy oak framed holiday let

Posted 2nd Oct 2018

Get inspired by a small, newly-built, oak framed Sussex cottage, built with holiday letting in mind. A couple replace a derelict coach house with a cosy oak framed holiday house.

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Why using oak with brick and other building materials is a marriage made in heaven

Posted 28th Aug 2018

Here’s a quick question for you. What do Shakespeare’s Globe, Liberty of London and the Stirling prize-winning Savill Building all have in common? The answer is that they were all built using oak. But oak is far from being a building material of the past: more and more modern houses are using oak frames to achieve a wide range of styles by marrying oak with brick and other building materials.

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Oak porch styles: a quick history

Posted 21st Aug 2018

When most people think of oak porch styles they are most likely to find themselves picturing the Deep South of America. Those Southern mansions with wide, deep, open-planned porches are, perhaps, the archetypal expression of an entrance that becomes a living space all of its own. Yet, the porch has a fascinating history in the UK, too – and if you are looking to add an oak porch to create the perfect entrance to your home there are many styles to choose from to match and enhance your home’s exterior. We look at porches through the ages.

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