Oak frame theatre in the round
Timber frames are beautiful. Squared timbers, intricate curves, the roof, purlins, wind braces and rafters can all be features of the design. Expose less of the structure for a different effect, highlighting perhaps just the trusses, and letting the interior spaces speak for themselves.
Modern timber engineering techniques allow seamless integration of steel and glazing within a timber frame to create a completely different feel. From the interior to the exterior, we can design a palette of materials that work effectively with a timber frame.
We can provide Standard Detailing on any project, to ensure seamless integration of your chosen materials and design into the build process. These can form part of a construction drawing set or be made available to assist the project architect.
Translating design through materials; bringing the whole concept to life.
When clients walk into our show barn, often they walk over to the large oak beams and touch them, run their hand over them, sigh, and talk about how it makes them feel. The first thing that many people comment on when they walk into the workshops is the smell of the fresh oak.
Whatever structure you are creating we understand that you are concerned with the overall feel of the finished space, along with the interaction of the design, space and light, the choice of materials and timber frame techniques is vital.
We have extensive experience in many different construction techniques, work with a variety of timbers, regularly combine them with steel and glass, providing options on details and finishes.
This section will help you to get familiar with the materials we work with and their characteristics, cover some of the considerations which could help you plan your build and hopefully provide some inspiration!
Don’t forget that timber frames can combine with any exterior materials you choose, meaning the external appearance can blend entirely with your local building styles.
We work with the big three quality construction timbers readily available in the UK – oak, Douglas fir and larch. We source from PEFC and FSC certified suppliers meaning you can be sure that the forestry methods are responsible and the stocks sustainable. We also work in Glulaminated beams which are available in many different timbers. Lesser softwoods can be used internally for sarking boards, and we commonly use Western Red Cedar as exterior cladding.
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Contact us to talk through your project and ideas.
I visited Chalkhill Cottage at the end of June 2010 to inspect the progress of works. I am extremely pleased to advise that my clients, together with myself, are delighted with the Green Oak Frame and wish to extend our thanks to Carpenter Oak. I understand that the frame erection caused much interest in the village and indeed whilst I was there people were stopping and viewing the works from the road and also a neighbour’s driveway! The extra mile that Carpenter Oak went, particularly with the client’s children, taking time to explain about oak, giving them hands-on opportunities, allowing their involvement in the construction, then finally issuing them with “apprentice certificates” was very much appreciated. Please pass on this note of thanks to all involved on the project and I personally look forward to working with Carpenter Oak on many projects in the future.
To the eye the quality of the finished product is excellent. Only time will prove how it works with the timber frame kit, but we love it! The carpenters were phenomenal! They are your best advert both in terms of their ability and approach. Led by Alex, with Geoff, Graham and Fergus from your yard at Loch of Lintrathen, Kirriemuir, Angus the frame was put up in the worst possible weather conditions. It was driving rain for the whole day, with the north east suffering flooding, but the team were as helpful and cheery at the end of the day as when they first arrived …real heroes
I would like to express my thanks to Carpenter Oak for a thoroughly professional and good quality job at my clients Barn reconstruction in Essex. It was always going to be very difficult to re-build the barn and stables to its original condition after the fire. I think that the team worked very well with the tenant in the house, minimising any possible disturbance. The oak frame is a real piece of quality workmanship and on behalf of myself and the client I would like to say how good the job looks upon completion.