Encapsulation panel systems are an increasingly popular method of insulating oak framed houses and buildings. Energy efficient and quick to build with they can help take your project to the wind and watertight stage of your self build mortgage.
To ensure air tightness, a stable internal temperature, and superior energy efficiency, many timber framed houses integrate a bespoke building wrap using Structural Insulated Panels or SIPs. These are wooden panels with a core of insulating material.
SIPs are made to measure, so can be used to create perfectly fitting floors, walls and roofs within the strength of an Oak frame. A range of insulation options are available. Synthetic insulation delivers good U-values and thin panels. A range of natural options, such as Warmcel (cellulose) or wood fibre, are increasingly competitive in terms of U-values and cost.
We use computer-aided design (CAD) to support the frame design process. This allows the frame designer, architect and SIP manufacturer to work together to ensure an exceptional fit.
SIPs, their role in your project, and the choice of insulating material can be discussed during the concept stage. The exact specification can be adjusted as the design evolves.
LVL or CLT can form the internal element of an integrated insulation panel for wrap around building protection. Engineered from thin layers of wood, they provide an innovative approach to interior panelling for almost any house design.
Carpenter Oak’s unique specialisms within the commercial and residential sector are opening up new applications for LVL and CLT to enhance timber framed buildings. The use of LVL and CLT can enable a truly connected approach to timber-led design. This includes simplifying frame structures, and potentially lowering costs or build time through pre-installation.
These materials work exceptionally well in providing lateral support within timber frame buildings, as well as a beautiful finish – an effective and environmentally conscious alternative to plaster boarding.
LVL and CLT materials and their application have been more heavily developed across the channel. Our European cousins have found the potential to support a whole range of designs.
The use of LVL and CLT are swiftly becoming established building materials.
Joined Carpenter Oak: 2007
What is the most embarrassing job you have ever had?
I’m saving embarrassing jobs for when I’m trying to retire.
What’s your favourite thing about working at Carpenter Oak?
There’s no boss, who is the boss?
What is the best project you have worked on and why?
There’s a few! The best has to be The Art Gallery at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens. It occupied my head for a few years (saw it right through from sketch scheme to completion). The Sevenstones on the Isles of Scilly is right up there too. Also (going back a few years now) Anderwood for values and simplicity. The house was built in the New Forest by the forestry commission for local commoners. All the Douglas fir for the frame was felled from the site the house was built on, we cut the frame in Brian’s cow barn down the road (with the cows, the rain, the wind and sub zero temperatures). I seem to remember Don had to do a runner from the raising of the frame as Natalie was going into labour! The whole job carried a good energy. I even built a bed out of the offcuts!!
When not in the yard what do you enjoy doing?
Surfing, sailing, van trips and kicking back with my family and friends.
Initially trained as a marine biologist I definitely took the indirect route into carpentry, architecture and timber framed buildings. Inspired by my dad (joiner and house builder) I ditched the snorkel and bought a hammer! After training, working and gaining experience with various timber frame companies I finally settled at Carpenter Oak in 2007. I now operate between a small office in Falmouth and the Cornwall yard in St Ives, carrying out design work for Carpenter Oak in Cornwall.
Joined Carpenter Oak: 2014
Favourite timber frame joint:
I’ve done some hips with dragon beams recently, which has been fun.
Best project you’ve worked on?
Moss – Great frame on an island on the Thames, with great weather and great clients.
What music are you listening to in the yard?
Tom K and I recently had an excellent 90s indie revival
When not in the yard what do you enjoy doing?
Surfing, triathlons, playing with my son.
Which three colleagues would you take to a desert island?
Assuming there’s great waves on this island I’d take Don to go surfing with, then Matt Q has got some pretty good outdoor survival skills so would come in handy. And Sarah to keep us in check and look after us all.
Which colleagues would be in your dream carpentry team?
That’s tough. Everyone’s great in different ways. Alan usually has biscuits with him so that’s always good.
What do you enjoy most about working with wood?
NOT leaving wood chips all over our house and getting in trouble with my wife
What is the best comedy film ever made?
Where is your favourite place in the world?
Karijini, Western Australia
I was born in Perth in Western Australia but grew up in Cambridge. After studying Psychology at Swansea University I moved to North Devon in pursuit of waves. I worked as a surf instructor for seven years, allowing me to surf and travel all over the world. I began training and working as a carpenter in 2007. We lived in Australia for 4 years before returning to the UK to get married in 2013. While traveling in Canada I realised my passion for timber framing by completing a introductory training course. Upon our return I got in touch with Carpenter Oak and a month later we made the move from North to South Devon. We now live in beautiful Kingsbridge where we bought a house in 2016 and our son was born in 2017.
Carpenter Oak’s attention to detail and supreme oak expertise is second to none. You only have to look at their portfolio of beautiful oak framed dwellings to understand their quality.
A cost effective design provided the wall and floor space needed by the gallery, and ensured the full oak frame was also on show.
The gallery at Tremenheere is a remarkable success. I believe this is a building in which everyone involved can take huge pride.
The lack of walls means that each living area ‘borrows’ space from the next, making it feel larger than it actually is...