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As a British company, Carpenter Oak Ltd embraced the opportunity to work with a Cypriot team to build a timber oak frame house in this beautiful country. This was a unique overseas project – a bespoke two storey oak frame house in Cyprus with the frame erected inside a reinforced concrete earthquake proof structure – see more examples of timber frame houses UK on our international page.
The oak frame was built by two Carpenters in our yard in Devon, taking approximately six weeks to hand craft. The frame was a pretty straightforward process with no bracing at all in the walls, but with three two storey tall arch braces, and three one storey more traditional trusses, with oak ridges fully braced, and oak rafters. All the posts are fixed back to this structure with the help of threaded bar resin anchor. Influenced by the warmer climate most of the house was designed to be open up to the roof resulting in a home that provides a vast, airy and cool interior space.
"The perfect holiday conditions of 38 degrees weren’t so ideal working conditions, and seeing us suffer in the heat on day one, the local builders told us it was not so hot at that time, and it was good we came in September instead of July or August! The frame looked fantastic when we left and I felt really proud to be part of it. Thank you to the clients who helped us and made this experience so special"
Communication is crucial to any of our projects but it is particularly vital when working on an overseas build. So with particular attention taken throughout the design stages, our on-site Carpenters also took conscientious care and consideration to work alongside the team of local builders and operatives to create an uncompromised build.
See more examples of timber frame houses UK on our international page, or call us to discuss your plans.
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.