All our projects follow our simple 5 step process from start to finish, guaranteeing our help every step of the way.
You can simply give David or Andrew a call initially to discuss your ideas or send us an email explaining what you are interested in. We are happy to get involved at any stage of the process. You may still be looking through ideas, or you could have full plans in place. We are happy to discuss outline costs for what we do and can guide you on how to maximise your budget and get the best value oak frame for your money. We can then arrange to come and meet you on site to discuss your project in more detail.
2. Site meeting
As well as providing an opportunity to look at the proposed build site, this is our chance to get to know you and you us. We like to work collaboratively with our customers and will talk through your plans and the ways we can achieve what you want. Things to consider at this stage include:
- How you intend to use the building
- Whether you would like the frame completely in oak or are interested in using other timbers
- Preferred roofing materials and their impact on size of the structure and planning issues
- Whether you are looking for a turnkey solution using our team from start to finish, or would prefer us to work with your chosen tradespeople.
- Whether planning permission is needed
- What sore of timescale you are looking for
- An understanding of your budget so we can create the best design within this
3. Quotation and order
Once we are confident that we understand your project we will send you a quotation for the proposed build. We will follow this up after a few days to gain your feedback and discuss any amendments. When you are happy with the design and costs, we will agree on a timescale for the build and let you know when your initial deposit will be due.
4. Crafting the Frame
Whether we organise the groundworks on your behalf, or you have completed them yourself, every oak frame we make starts with us taking exacting measurements of your site. The same team taking the measurements will then generally cut your frame and often later erect it onsite. We find that this removes a great deal of stress where the groundworks have to fit the frame as demanded by many framing companies.
The frames are crafted with careful consideration of the oak sections, positioning of beams and the joints used. We rely on a variety of traditional joints, held together by oak pegs. As the frames are laid during construction, only half the joint is drilled out and the other half is marked to allow the holes drilled to be slightly offset. This age-old method of framing is known as ‘draw boring’ and means that when the pegs are driven in they bend like a spring. This pulls the frame together and keeps everything tight as the oak dries and shrinks. It’s a time-consuming job and unseen cost, but essential for a long-lasting frame.
Working with natural timbers can be both a joy and a challenge but very satisfying work when the final sections of a project slot together. When we deliver the frame back to site it is quickly installed without the noise and mess of traditional construction.
5. Raising the Frame
One of the most exciting parts of the project is when the oak frame is raised and you see your building take shape. A carefully choreographed sequence of assembly is followed to ensure the timbers are installed correctly. Since the joints have already been pre-drilled, it is then a case of securing the frame with the hand-made oak pegs. The pegs can be left proud both on the outside and inside at your discretion.
Frame raising is a relatively quick process and results in a lot less mess and inconvenience for our clients than traditional, wet methods of building.
Finishing and After Care
The range of finishing options for oak frames often seems limitless. We have a wealth of knowledge in different finishing options and will be happy to guide you on what works well.
Due to the turnkey service we often provide we have finished many frames to completion, often laying the last ridge tiles and installing flooring and doors.