If you’re planning an oak frame project from scratch, here’s our advice on a) the process to follow and b) how our team work. There are four clear steps to your dream oak frame…
A note about planning permission
Does my project need planning permission? Go straight to your local council’s website or planning portal to check their individual guidance. You can find South Lakeland’s here. As a general rule, you’re likely to need permission and building regulations if your are building something new or making major changes to your current house for example, a double storey extension. You’re unlikely to need permission for:
- a small timber framed porch.
- a single storey timber framed extension that’s less than half the area covered by the original house and meets this criteria on the planning portal.
We’d recommend taking pre-planning advice before submitting your final application, as for a small cost, you can iron out any big differences between your ideas and the planning teams.
My oak frame project – there’s 4 steps…
Step 1: Design
For us, this is where the adventure starts. If you’re project requires an Architect, we can either provide this in-house, recommend and work with local Architects or offer a specific design package for a timber frame project.
This phase is likely to progress through two to three stages as things are changed and tweaked, and it’s the point at which you should receive full project costings. If you’re looking to build an extension, there’s a starting point cost calculator here.
Step 2: Our Contract
Once the final design is agreed, we progress to a contract which is an agreement to start work. How do the costings work? We offer a fixed price for all our timber work, across staged payment terms.
Step 3: Off site crafting
One step closer to that dream. Every one of our projects – whatever size they are, are built off-site. We work closely with leading British Sawmill, Whitney Sawmills, so we can trace a piece of timber back to the forest where it started life. Our aim is to be as green and sustainable as possible.
The big advantage of off-site construction in our workshop is that we aren’t affected by the weather, so we run to time. Other building techniques are often affected by the elements during the winter months.
Step 4: Construction on site
We transport the timber to it’s new home and start construction on-site. The journey of this timber – from the forest it was grown, to the sawmill, to crafting in our workshop, means it’s been through the mill – quite literally, but always with a lot of love and care. This is where we start to see the finished result and that’s pretty exciting for both us and the client.
And here we are – these are just a few we made earlier. Want to run an idea past us? Jonny is on 07985 410 476 and you can find more past projects here.