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With an ever expanding market in the UK, we at Carpenter Oak are always looking to explore new and exciting building experiences and opportunities overseas. We were working with Mr and Mrs Howell who had already conceived a traditional seven bay home with contemporary flair. They had decided to work with Carpenter Oak as our advanced approach to timber framing methods would help them achieve their vision to create a flexible family home.
With constant dialogue with the German partners our frame designers were able to translate their vision into a working reality.
Although oak framing was a new and different form of building unfamiliar to the German architects, Carpenter Oak ensured all European building regulations and standards were adhered to, resulting in a new beautiful home and building experience for the Howells.
Are you looking for the unique character of an oak frame house built in the UK? Contact Carpenter Oak Ltd today to discuss your plans, or take a look at other ‘oak frame house UK‘ examples for some inspiration.
"This was a great opportunity to build outside of the UK, something that we seize and relish. This large hybrid frame built for Mr and Mrs Howell was the first time we have had the pleasure of working in Germany, and after a really enjoyable visit we hope it won’t be the last."
Built into an inclined landscape of the picturesque woodland of Bonn, Germany, Mr and Mrs Howell decided to place their sleeping accommodation below their living space, this allowed the timber frame with its large spacious communal living area to benefit from the maximum amount of natural light.
This imaginative concept of the ‘up-side-down’ house enabled the Howell’s to create a large detached property which incorporated a sizeable green oak frame with a balanced blend of building materials that complemented one another and were sympathetic to both the traditional and contemporary vernacular of the surrounding area.
The frame features several sling brace trusses with a contemporary twist. The traditional curved sling was exchanged for a low anchored straight alternative, with the additional mezzanine level neatly creating space for extra accommodation, storage or office space; providing the perfect gallery from which the frame can be appreciated as a whole.
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.