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The Oakmasters Blog - posts tagged "oak"

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: Craftsmanship shines through in dramatic oak-framed extension

Posted 12th Oct 2017

When it came to their family home, Mick and his wife Julie wanted to bring handcrafted brilliance to an ambitious extension project. The Georgian country house, which started life as a pub, has doubled in size with a triple-gabled oak framed extension. Packed with unique timber features and full of natural light, it maximises the character of the 300-year-old original structure. Rather than simply adding floor space, this large extension makes a statement in the best possible way.

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Professional advice: 4 things to tell your customers about building with oak

Posted 8th Sep 2017

Our experience tells us that customers often have a lot of questions when it comes to using oak in their homes and building projects. From first-time oak users nervous about the safety and durability of oak, to those wanting more intricate designs and complex features, people want to know how oak can suit their needs. Here are four commonly asked questions about oak and the answers you can confidently give your customers to encourage them to embrace this incredibly beautiful and versatile building material.

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Case study: Oak framed orangery with dual aspect timber glazing

Posted 31st Jul 2017

A rejected planning application turned into an opportunity for the owners of an 80-year-old cottage to make the most of its stunning South Downs location. They opted for an oak framed orangery which has added more than fifty percent to the cottage’s floorplan, while timber bi-fold doors open the generous family living space out into the countryside. Natural oak beams bring these two worlds together, while adding warmth and definition to the remodelled interior.

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Good as new: three ways oak can be modern, too

Posted 25th Jul 2017

We know from experience that everyone’s tastes are different. Whether it’s the rustic country charm of a listed building, or the sleek, clean lines of a modern masterpiece, there really is something for everyone when it comes to houses. What’s not always appreciated, however, is that as a building material, oak can suit all of these styles, fitting seamlessly into your dream house whether modern or traditional in appearance. Here are three inspiring examples of oak projects with a contemporary twist.

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Fit for a King: 7 oak king post trusses to transform your home

Posted 19th Jul 2017

True to its name, the majestic oak king post truss makes an impressive addition to any room. With the help of our expert designers and craftsmen, the trusses can be built to suit any size, style or layout. We’ve selected six of our favourite examples to give you a taste of how oak king post trusses could add an extra sense of occasion to your home.

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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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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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