Deciding to use oak in your building project is usually a matter of taste or ecological considerations. Many people wrongly assume that building in oak is a cheaper construction method. By its very nature, oak as raw material with specific properties requires specialist knowledge to work with. This is applicable to design, engineering, manufacture as well as assembly of any oak structure.
This is why we have our own in-house design team, combining over 40 years' worth of specialist knowledge of oak framing. We ensure that each project is designed specifically for your requirements. The team will work alone or with your architect to provide specialist oak frame designs, with detailed joints and section sizes. They are also trained in general architectural design, meaning that they can create a design for the complete house or extension, not just the oak frame. The below stages are not relevant to all projects, but to most larger projects such as oak garden rooms, oak orangeries, oak framed extensions and oak framed houses. Smaller projects, such as oak porches and oak trusses will undergo some of these design stages.
For initial concepts and feasibility enquiries, it is best to contact us as early as possible, whether you already have an architect, or if you are only just planning your oak frame project. It is at this stage, you can gain a good idea of what is possible and how much it will cost. This service can include design for complete buildings, not just the oak frame. It is complimentary within reason, usually forming part of our quotation process.
Once you are happy with your concepts and ready to proceed to planning stage, our team will produce complete planning drawings for your project and manage the planning application on your behalf if required. There is typically a planning deposit associated with this stage.
We proceed to this stage once the planning consent has been given and we are proceeding with the manufacture of your oak framed building. Detailed drawings will be produced by our team, on which the structural engineer will base his or her report, before we proceed to the next stage. This stage is typically included in the total cost of your project.
These specialist drawings are produced specifically for the craftsmen to manufacture the oak frame. They include details of joints, angles, sections and how the oak structure fits together. This stage is normally detailed and included in the cost of your oak frame project.
Our design team will produce a separate set of drawings and manage the building regulations application for your project if applicable. This stage is also detailed and included in your project cost.
If you are located further afield from us, or if you have your own trusted builder, it may well be more financially viable to purchase a supply only oak frame kit. This is also the case for oak frame components such as oak trusses and oak roof components, oak cladding, oak beams and posts, or oak porches.
For larger projects located near us, such as oak framed garages and outbuildings, oak extensions or oak framed garden rooms, or indeed for complete oak framed houses even further afield, it is best to opt for a supply and assembly package, which will guarantee that the oak frame will be assembled by specialist assembly teams, trained by us. To find out more about these options, click here.