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APR
2017
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Denspiration – Our Love of Small Spaces

Somewhere within us all is an instinctual desire to design and build our own space, individual to our needs and characteristics, a home away from home, an escape, a retreat.  Many of us carry this desire with us into adulthood our wants and needs for this space evolving as we...
07
MAR
2017
Peg Riven Pin

The Humble Peg

After a summer driving from Calais to Portugal I found myself not heading to home but on a short adventure to Wales.  Don had been asked by Carpenter Oak to help out fellow timber framer Paul Thomas.  Paul had been left short staffed as his colleague had broken his foot when...
24
FEB
2017
Hygge Timber Home

Getting Hyggey With It

Hygge was the latest trend to make its way into our magazines and onto our screens at the start of winter and the run up to Christmas. This Danish style of living is about atmosphere, experiences, a way of life, one that we experience naturally without knowing what it’s called. ...
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...