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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.Read more
As autumn sets in and the days get darker, our thoughts are already beginning to turn to ways to warm up our homes and ourselves as the winter creeps closer. From stunning fireplace beams to bespoke living room extensions, oak can be used in copious ways to create a comfortable and stylish home that’s well equipped for the colder months. Here is our run down of the best ways to enjoy oak this winter.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
London couple add an oak porch and opt to build a dining/garden room oak extension on their townhouse, which would let in plenty of light and make generous use of oak for a warm and natural feel.Read more
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.Read more