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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... 

Expert advice on choosing the best building plot

Posted 2nd Nov 2016

You’ve got your heart set on living in an oak-framed house that’s built specially for you. But where? With so many different types of potential building plots available, how do you choose the most suitable? And what can you do to ensure the construction of your dream home isn’t blocked by planning officials?

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Five fabulous reasons to have an oak-framed building

Posted 21st Sep 2016

Good to look at and lovely to live with, oak-framed buildings can take so many different forms. It’s possible to build almost anything in beautifully crafted oak, from a modest porch to a grand manor house. Here we look not at the building of entire houses (which is something we also do), but at five other popular types of oak buildings and extensions.

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Organic Oak Barn in Sussex

Posted 30th Aug 2016

Having bought a plot on the edge of a national park with derelict farm buildings, Peter approached Oakmasters to design his dream oak framed home, help him secure the planning permission and supply and assemble the oak frame.

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Green Oak Maintenance: splits and cracks

Posted 27th Jul 2016

One of the many advantages of using green oak as a building material is that it is essentially maintenance-free. Here we look at some of the reasons this is the case and also why, in Oakmasters’ opinion, oak-framed buildings should be left to age graciously!

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Summerhouses – what do you need to consider?

Posted 7th Jul 2016

An oak summerhouse is an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of life indoors, enjoy your garden from a different perspective and provide a functional additional space, which you can use all year round. Each project is unique, but there are a number of considerations, which are common to all of them. Here we answer some of the most frequently asked questions from our customers.

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Case study: Contemporary Glazed Extension in Surrey

Posted 15th Jun 2016

Set in the beautiful Surrey countryside, this extension exemplifies sophisticated design and the way to combine traditional oak framing with modern glazing methods.

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Green Oak or Air-Dried Oak?

Posted 8th Jun 2016

Architects and builders commissioned to produce oak-framed buildings, along with ourselves, will often be asked by clients why ‘green oak’ is preferable to ‘air dried oak’. There are very good reasons why green oak is usually better and we’ll look at those here – but first it’s necessary to clear up those descriptions ‘green’ and ‘dried’ because they are misleading. In short: green oak doesn’t even have a hint of green in its colouring and dried oak is almost never really dry.

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Professional Advice: Lighten Up! Bring More Light into a Home Using Oak

Posted 25th May 2016

It’s a proven fact that humans feel better in a home that has plenty of natural light. Whether you are planning a new build dwelling or an extension, then using an oak framed design is an ideal way to incorporate more light into a home. Here we guide you through the design basics and reveal some inspirational ways to lighten up!

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