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19
DEC
2016
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Nat’s Self Build Blog

A series of blogs on all things self build. Client's stories, inspiring ideas and an insight into the ethos of Carpenter Oak. Hi, I’m Natalie. I’ve found myself in the fortunate position of being responsible for Carpenter Oak's blog. Over an informal chat with Stuart and Jamie...
19
DEC
2016
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Thinking of a Self Build Project? It’s time to visit NSBRC – Swindon

If you are thinking of building your own home then I have the perfect place for you to visit – the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon.  Just off junction 16 on the M4, the NSBRC is the place that has the answer to many of your-self build questions and...
19
DEC
2016
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Don’t Feel Daunted, We Are Just One Big Happy Family

New projects can be exciting but also daunting and overwhelming, especially when something as important as your home is at the heart.  Having journeyed through many a winding path, I find myself writing for Carpenter Oak.  Carpenter Oak isn’t new to me, my partner, Don is a...
19
DEC
2016
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Grand Designs Revisited

I’m lucky at work, magazines of beautiful, inspiring homes find their way to my desk and I can legitimately spend a little time flicking through articles.  It’s always nice to see a new magazine but equally, a thumb though some of the older ones is just as rewarding.  There’s...
04
NOV
2016
Lamper Head

Lamper Head Revisited

In October 2016, Carpenter Oak got the chance to revisit Lamper Head, one of our earliest and well-known builds, a short distance from our Devon yard. Before Lamper Head was realised, all that stood on the top of a windswept South Hams hillside was a dilapidated, asbestos tennis...
21
OCT
2016
Big Green Show

Carpenter Oak at the Big Green Home Show

The Big Green Home Show came to the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon this month. The Centre is a permanent display open Tuesday to Saturday every week, but for a few dates a year it hosts a self build show – the latest being The Big Green Home Show. The shows...
14
OCT
2016
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Glitz and Glamour at the Build It Awards

Carpenter Oak recently gave me the privilege to attend the Build It Awards Ceremony 2016 at the Hilton Bankside on their behalf.  Described as a glitzy affair with a smart dress code I was a little unsure as to what to expect.  Glitzy, smart and the building industry is an...
06
OCT
2016

All Saints Church, Sparkwell

Following a detailed survey, grade II listed All Saints Church in Exeter was found to be suffering from water ingress.  Le Page Architects and Carpenter Oak were entrusted to carry out vital repair and restoration works, rebuilding the spire to its original form. The project took...
27
SEP
2016

Double Award Winning Frames

After an enjoyable evening at the Build It Awards 2016 we are proud to announce, for the third consecutive year, we are winners of the Best Oak Frame. The nominated project ‘Hart House’ is of contemporary oak glulam construction married with a mixture of traditional jointing and...