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This new home in South West France is a fine example of a beautifully proportioned three bay, one-and-a-half storey oak frame house. The design included an interrupted tie beam, which provides for the extra half storey by allowing for openings between the bays. Despite the first floor being only a half storey the pitch of the roof provides good head height thus giving the feel of a two storey house.
With the French summer in full swing the enthusiastic Carpenter Oak team of three went with high hopes for this project, and although there were a few delays with the local builders, the raising of the frame was completed on time and with stunning results.
The oak framed house was hand crafted by a young enthusiastic team comprising of Tim Simpson, Paul Williams and Tom Kempton, with an equally passionate client, on a dream site in September where there was little chance of getting rained on!
"A young enthusiastic team comprising of Tim Simpson, Paul Williams and myself and an equally enthusiastic client. This was a dream job on a site in France in September where there was little chance of getting rained on!"
Paul and Tom raised the frame on site, together with the client and his son making the team to four - our skilled craftsmen set to first thing on the Tuesday morning after a 14 hour drive from Roscoff the day before.
With the client Clive shouting the orders to the crane driver (as Tom's French was less than appalling and Paul's pretty ropey too) they quickly made progress with all but the rafters and the lean-to finished by the Thursday.
The 35 degrees heat lasted for a good part of the day, making regular buckets of cold water to soak shirts and hats a welcome relief.
The whole frame was raised in four days, with the rafters and the kitchen lean-to going up on the Friday.
If you're planning a timber framed build on a budget, Carpenter Oak are experienced in designing frames which make the maximum efficient use of space available, compared to the amount of timber frame used. Contact us to begin your journey to creating your dream oak frame home.
Devon (UK) based award winning specialists in the design, construction and raising of oak timber framed buildings. We have a dedicated team of Project Managers, Frame designers and Carpenters who work closely with clients and architects to deliver a wide variety of bespoke oak frame projects across the UK, Europe and beyond.
We celebrate the beauty and joy of timber frames in many different styles and raise over 60 frames a year for inclusion within schemes ranging from oak sunroom extensions to extensive high-end architectural oak houses.
We love wood, we love design and we love a challenge.
We are happy to discuss your ideas with you at an early stage and can offer you advice along the way. It is helpful for you to build a scrapbook (you could use Pinterest) of your ideas and wishes – this makes your brief to us and your architect much clearer. Once you have a plot in mind we would encourage you to come and see us in the show barn at our yard to discuss your ideas in more depth and help you establish a concept design and rough costs.
You can meet with one of our frame designers and an architect if required (Roderick James Architects offer a free initial consultation). We can offer you an estimate for your budget costings at that stage based on a timber frame sketch scheme. You will then be in a position to draw up a planning application, knowing that you will be able to achieve what you want with the frame. We can offer you an accurate estimate based on a timber frame sketch scheme once you have architects drawings. Once your planning application has been approved we can get going on a detailed frame design for you.
All of our Oak is from sustainably managed woodlands located around a single sawmill in Normandy, France (PEFC certifified). When this mill is unable to fulfil our order we divert to an alternative mill in Germany. The mills have access to a plentiful supply of exceptionally well managed and very high quality timber.
Why not use UK sourced oak, I hear you ask? Sadly, the lack of investment and good timber management for hardwoods in this country over many years means our domestic supplies are generally of a lower quality, inconsistent supply and can be more expensive. Although the situation will gradually change, it means that currently continental Oak is the best option for our framing. Carpenter Oak Ltd are investing in the future of UK woodlands.
For every tree used in a project we will donate 10 Oak saplings to an organised planting scheme in the UK
Douglas Fir and Larch all comes from sustainably managed UK forests.
Yes. If you are looking for a complete build or ‘Turnkey’ service, we can offer a solution to include each stage of the process, from the feasibility assessment, design, management and construction, right through to completion. We pride ourselves on being adaptable as every client is different. We can offer a number of routes for you and your project, depending on how involved you want to get. We aim to understand your particular situation and respond to deliver what you need. For many people that means us working as a contractor alongside your architect and builder, for others, involvement at each stage or a self build project. Get in touch to find out which route would suit your project best and we can deliver a range of options from a finished frame to a finished house, ready for you to move into.