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Built in 2009 the three bay barn extension was one of our first frames in Europe, situated at the foot of large sand dunes near Alkmaar, Holland. Mr and Mrs Hilkens took a bold leap in searching the UK for companies to fulfil their vision for building a new home.
Attracted to Carpenter Oak for our expertise in timber framing, Mr and Mrs Hilkens imagined a new home that was rooted in traditional design, using strong themes from the ‘arts and crafts’ design movement, and realised this was something they could work with Carpenter Oak to achieve. With their keenness to showcase the workmanship and chosen materials, a three bay barn was designed that included an extended porch including valley boards and a full oak roof: they also took the decision not to sandblast the oak in order to retain a natural look to the frame.
If you’re looking for a timber framing company with international experience, while retaining the ethos of a local company, contact us to discuss your plans.
In the wake of popular television programmes such as Channel 4’s Grand Designs being aired throughout Europe, interest in sustainable building - particularly timber framing - has undoubtedly raised Carpenter Oak’s profile overseas. As a result we are more frequently being asked to build in countries such as Germany, Cyprus, America, The Netherlands, France and most recently Russia and Japan.
Although it is a relatively modest timber frame the new build was to become a sizeable extension to the rear of an existing property, the Hilkens’s knocked through the adjacent wall and connected the frame at both ground and first floor level.
Approximately 6m wide, 12m long and 5m high, this classic frame demonstrates the potential one can achieve with a small new build property. The frame itself demonstrates how the use of space can be maximised; by lowering the floor beam below the top plate the clients were able create a usable mezzanine floor and still keep a strict ridge height set by the planning department equivalent. When standing at the balustrade the mezzanine creates the perfect gallery to look down to the large well appointed open living space created by the feature sling brace truss and out to the garden area through the fully glazed gable end.
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.