Why choose us?

Experience in planning

We provide a friendly, personal service keeping you well informed throughout. Experience has taught us that commissioning a project, no matter how large or small, is often a step into the unknown for our customers and can therefore be a daunting prospect. Therefore, we make every effort to explain each step of the process before the job starts. As the project continues, you’ll find our team are friendly, approachable and always happy to answer any questions you may have. The ability to obtain planning consent will decide whether or not your project can ever be realised, we have extensive experience in gaining planning permission even in the most difficult of circumstances often obtaining a planning consents where others fail. Mistakes made here will bring your dream to a grinding halt before it has even started.

Traditional & Modern Construction Techniques

Exceptional traditional carpentry skills are paramount but they are by no means the only skills your project will require. We have equal experience in modern construction as we do traditional oak framing. We are fully up to date with current building regulations and have a good relationship with Building Control, therefore we are able to provide a seamless fluid process from day one right through to completion providing you with all the documentation and certification you will need to have your building signed off by UK building control. The ability to obtain planning consent will decide whether or not your project can ever be realised, we have extensive experience in gaining planning permission even in the most difficult of circumstances often obtaining a planning consents where others fail. Mistakes made here will bring your dream to a grinding halt before it has even started.

Quality Workmanship is Guaranteed

All our oak frames, whether for a new home, extension, home office, porch or garage are laid up and scribed in the way a green oak frame should be. All joints are fitted together using a wide range of traditional timber joints:

  • Common mortise and tenon (the most commonly used joint).
  • Stopped tenon (used at the union between the primary rafter and tie beam).
  • Bare faced or side tenon (used where braces are too thin to form two shoulders and still provide a substantial tenon).
  • Beveled shoulder tenon (these are used at the end of floor beams and other supporting beams so that the tenon alone isn’t taking the entire load).
  • Dove tail tenon (these joints are used where a mortice and tenon joint is under tension, these joints are crucial in many of the intricate roof trusses).
  • Bridle joints (a joint found at the apex of many roof trusses joining the primary rafters together).
  • Tusk tenons (these are often used in floors and to join Purlins into primary rafters).
  • Splines (used where many joints meet in one point in the frame).
  • Bridle scarf (used to join two horizontal timbers together such as wall plates).
  • Stopped splayed and table scarf joint (this joint performs a similar job to the bridle scarf but is much stronger under tension).
  • The dove tailed lap joint (this joint is often used to lock the tie beam into the wall plates and stop the wall frames from spreading).
  • The pegs or draw pegs (all of the mortice and tenon joints are locked together using these – they are made of green oak and are hammered through the mortice and tenon joints drawing them together and locking the joint in place). Some people also call them tree nails.

Each joint is carefully thought out to ensure its suitability for the function it will perform within the frame. This is completely different from the cheap and nasty “do it yourself” garage kits you can purchase from the Internet, which are built to a similar standard as a garden shed and rarely if ever resemble the beautiful photographs used to sell them.

We also do our upmost to ensure that all are timber is sourced from well-managed plantations. For more information on sustainability please click here.

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