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15 February 2017 11:25 / MichaelConnolly
Hereford Runner goes Head to Head with Olympic Champion

Ellie Jude, Oakwrights Senior Estimator, is looking to give herself the biggest test that a first time marathon runner can as she looks to raise money for St Michael's Hospice.

Tags: Ellie Jude, Estimator, London, Virgin, Marathon, Run, Raffle, Win, Show Home, Woodhouse, Weekend, Support, St Michael's Hospice, Charity
13 January 2017 15:16 / DavidGrey
Bespoke Oak Frames on a Budget Questions, Answered by Oakwrights Sales Director David Grey

In the March Edition of Build It! Magazine, our Sales Director (David Grey) will be one of the experts commenting for a feature article on ‘Bespoke Oak Frames on a Budget’. Here, David, adds a little more detail to the five questions brought up in the magazine article:

Tags: oak, frame, home, build, questions, self-builder, budget, money, glazing, windows, package, project, hybrid,
18 November 2016 08:15 / MichaelConnolly
UK’s first Passive House Oak Framed Home Passes Air Pressure Tests

// Oakwrights have carried out successful preliminary air pressure tests on the UK's first Passive House oak framed home, which is being constructed for Self-Builder Dr Phil Garnett in Yorkshire, working with Andrew Yeats for Eco Arc Passivhaus ...

Tags: Oakwrights, Passive, House, Passivhaus, Oak, Frame, Energy, Efficient, Air Pressure Test, Planning, PHPP
30 September 2016 11:46 / IzzieSeal
How to change career path - from Starbucks Manager to Oak Framing

From Starbucks Manager to Oak Framing Estimator, Izzie talks about her recent career change.

Tags: Izzie Seal, Estimator, Design, Job, Career, Sketchup, CAD, Microsoft Excel, Country Buildings, Story
20 September 2016 10:47 / JamesCardenDare
How I became an Oakwrights Encapsulation Designer. By James Carden-Dare

James Carden-Dare Oakwrights Encapsulation Designer in the Office with Computer CAD Job I first heard about Oakwrights at the Homebuilding and Renovating show I visited at the Royal Bath & West Showground. I was studying Product Design at the University of Lincoln at the time and made the 200 mile drive down to the exhibition.

Tags: Encapsulation, Designer, Timber, Frame, CAD, Job, Oak, Home, Design
07 September 2016 11:57 / SaraEdwards
Looking for a job? Find out about working as an Oakwrights timber frame designer?

From chasing invoices as a credit controller through to working for the ticketing company that organised the FIFA World Cup, here I am now as an Oakwrights Frame Designer!

Tags: timber, frame, design, job, Herefordshire, oak, home, 2D, 3D, CAD, work,
24 August 2016 11:08 / daveblack
Oakwrights help smooth the planning process

So, you've decided to turn your dream into a reality and set out on your self-build journey. One of your first jobs will be to find the perfect plot of land, closely followed by the vital task of obtaining planning permission.

Tags: planning process, plot of land, perfect plot, know your boundaries, self build register
29 July 2016 15:39 / johnpage
Building confidence - Building the ‘Wright Way’

Building your own home from the ground up may sound like a daunting process, but there are options available which can take away much of the stress.

Tags: self build, oak frame, oakwrights scotland, building the wright way
08 July 2016 14:57 / johnpage
Self build opportunities, a chance to double your money

Find out how Oakwrights deliver far more than an incredible looking oak framed home. We can help turn your property into a true investment. Discover more in our latest blog...

Tags: double your money, oakwrights, self build, oak frame home
17 June 2016 15:45 / daveblack
Oakwrights to star at Countryfile Live 2016

Oakwrights are getting set to star in Countryfile live 2016, BBC Countryfile’s first live show, taking place 4-7 August 2016 at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Tags: Big Barn, Countryfile, oak framing, BBC, Blenheim Palace, John Craven, Matt Baker, Adam Henson, Anita Rani, Ellie Harrison, Tom Heap
06 June 2016 12:58 / AbbyBarrington
The Carpenters Fellowship Frame Event 2015

Frame, an educational conference, where speakers lecture on many aspects of traditional and contemporary timber framing

Tags: Carpenters Fellowship, Frame, 2015, Event, St Fagans, Cardiff, Oak, Timber, Fire, Axe, Throwing, Trebuchet, Winner, Competition, Girls, Camping, Weather, Storm, Dancing, Ceilidh, Band
09 September 2015 10:49 / HelenNeedham
Helen Needham | Oakwrights Architect

Helen Needham, Oakwrights In-House Architect introduces herself and talks about her passion for design. With fifteen years of experience she is a welcome new member to the Oakwrights team

Tags: Oakwrights, Architect, Designer, RIBA, Background, Architecture, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Sketchup, Style, Philosophy, Resume, CV, Adventure
09 September 2015 10:49 / HelenNeedham
Former Ropley Quarry Development

Helen Needham, our very own in-house Architectural Design Team Manager considers how we approach planning consent starting with initial approach and masterplan at the outset of the journey

Tags: Helen Needham, Oakwrights, Architectural, Design, Team, Manager, Planning, Consent, Stories, Develop, Masterplan, Hampshire, Quarry, Hornbeam Homes, Developments, Pre-application, Full Planning
09 September 2015 10:49 / HelenNeedham
Former Ropley Quarry Development | Pre-Application Feedback

Helpful feedback from East Hampshire District Council and invitation to attend a meeting with the Council’s Principal Planning Officer, Mr Stephen Wiltshire.

Tags: Ropley Quarry, Development, Hornbeam Homes, Oakwrights, Oak, Frame, Home, Council, Mr Wiltshire, East Hampshire, Local, Planning, Policy, Wood, Barn, Flint, House, Maple, Lime, Brock, Wealden,
01 September 2015 12:57 / AntCarroll
Oakwrights latest Commercial project opens……

Oakwrights commercial portfolio continues to grow with Bath Mill Lodge Retreat opening in August 2015

Tags: Bath Mill Lodge, Luxury, Retreat, Darwin Escapes, Oakwrights, Oak, Frame, Bar, Bistro, Somerset, Restaurant, Commercial
23 July 2015 15:50 / EleanorHarrison
Le Manoir

The general manager at Oakwrights, Bill Keir and I caught a train to Oxford heading to Le Manoir. The day commenced with a tour of the beautiful gardens where they grow mushrooms, 100% organic vegetables and herbs

Tags: Eleanor Harrison, Senior Estimator, Lunch, Le Manoir, Country Life, Oxford, Garden, Vegetables, Herbs, Apples, Champagne, Raymond Blanc,
22 June 2015 12:16 / AbbyBarrington
Oakwrights at the Hellens Garden Festival 2015

Oakwrights are travelling to Much Marcle in Herefordshire for the Hellens Garden Festival in support of the St Michaels Hospice

Tags: Oakwrights, Marketing, Assistant, Abby Barrington, Hellens Garden Manor, Festival, 2015, Flowers, Plants, Oak, Cruck, Frame, Marquee, St. Michaels Hospice, Charity
28 April 2015 16:59 / CharlieMills
The Stable Restaurant, Plymouth – Grand Opening

The latest commercial project by Oakwrights, The Stable Restaurant was the venue for the the grand official opening, with Richard & Nikki Cooper, founders of The Stable, playing the perfect hosts

Tags: stable restaurant, plymouth, oakwrights commercial
02 April 2015 11:15 / AbbyBarrington
My First Show – The Homebuilding & Renovating National Show 2015

Yy first show as Marketing Assistant for Oakwrights, I have been preparing for this for around two months, taking bookings and posting to social media sites

Tags: My First Show, HB&R, NEC, Abby Barrington, Marketing Assistant, Oakwrights, Show, Stand, Oak, Home, Self Build, Architectural, Design, Tim Crump, Presentation
10 February 2015 15:10 / DavidGrey
Open Days, Happy Days!

A full series of Open Days at client’s homes highlights our service commitment by building a relationship from initial contact through to, and beyond, the full build process

Tags: Oakwrights, Open Days, David Grey, Clients, Visit, Oak, Frame, Houses, Experience, Build, Process, Finished, Home, Discuss, Plans, Projects
29 January 2015 12:08 / BillKeir
The Proof is in the Panel

Oakwrights are still way ahead of the field for infill panel systems. Our Award winning 3i System is innovatively designed to fit within and allow for movement of your traditional oak frame

Tags: Oakwrights, Bill Keir, Oak, Frame, 3i, Infill, Panel, System, Wattle, Daub, SAP, Building, Regulations, U-Value, TRADA, Caveat Emptor
29 January 2015 12:08 / JosephHolder
Oak Frame Design FAQs

A live facebook question and answer session with Oakwrights Architectural Designer, Pete Tonks, and Homebuilding and Renovating

Tags: Oakwrights, Architectural, Designer, Pete Tonks, Homebuilding & Renovating, Facebook, Live, Q&A, Transcript, Oak Frame, Questions, Answers
21 October 2014 14:51 / MartynDavies
Bank Cottage - A Curious Fusion

Through conscientious design on both sides of the working divide, Oakwrights has pulled off a remarkable result, a frame that works in harmony with the building with very little design compromise

Tags: A Curious Fusion, contemporary, mix, brick, oak, frame, kitchen, porch, Aaron Chetwynd Architect Studio, Stafford, two-storey, annexe, garden room, master bedroom, face glazed, balcony, Edwardian, style
22 April 2014 12:05 / SaraEdwards
On-site in St Ives - First Frame for Rookie Designer

Sara Edwards first design project, a one and a half storey house based on the Derndale from our Woodhouse range.

Tags: Rookie, Designer, First, Frame, Sara Edwards, St. Ives, On Site, Erecting, Oak, Post, Beam, Sun, Wind, Interesting, Week,
07 March 2014 14:44 / JosephHolder
Behind the Scenes - Pete Tonks Film Shoot

The first of three videos featuring our Architectural Designers, this one featuring Pete Tonks at his home in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Tags: Oakwrights, Behind the Scenes, Architectural Designer, Pete Tonks, Cambridgeshire, Andrew Berekdar, Tim Crump, Drawing Board, Design, Planning, Film, Shoot, Video, YouTube
23 January 2014 16:19 / GeorgeEdwards
Design Day Out

The Oakwrights Design Department visit three past projects in Witney, Stockbridge and Fareham.

Tags: Oakwrights, Design, Team, Day, Out, 2014, Whitney, Shepperd, Fareham, Cams Mill, Stockbridge, Leckford, Farmshop, Leckford Estate
14 January 2014 10:32 / TimCrump
Happy New Year 2014

2013 was another exciting year here at Oakwrights, with a number of interesting projects coming to fruition and some ongoing as we move swiftly into the New Year.

Tags: New Year, 2014, Oakwrights, Sales, Investment, Skills, WrightWall, Natural, HB&R, NEC, Commercial, Waitrose, Hereford, Cams Mill, Pinterest, YouTube
12 December 2013 12:03 / PhilButler
Oakwrights Country Buildings Day Out 27th November 2013

It was decided at our monthly meeting that for stage two of our planned changes it we would take a day out and visit some of our ongoing projects.

Tags: Oakwrights Country Buildings, Day Out, Oxfordshire, Garage, Room Over, Weatherboarding, Frame, Skeleton, Woodstock, Chadlington, Storage, Stairs
05 December 2013 13:43 / AntCarroll
Oakwrights & The Old Livestock Market Development, Hereford City, Herefordshire

As a local commercial project, Oakwrights took on both the design and build of what is an immensely substantial oak frame that stands tall within its space and is constructed in a traditional yet modern manner.

Tags: Old Livestock Market, Hereford, Hereford Bull, Oakwrights, Oak Frame, Allies & Morrison Architects, Sir Robert McAlpine,
06 November 2013 17:02 / AlexEdey
The Warmcel Revolution - From Cuba to Canada via Europe

Warmcel and how oakwrights we are ahead of the game

Tags: Oakwrights, Alex Edey, Tim Crump, Trip, Outing, Stuttgart, Germany, X-Floc, Machine, Warmcel, Cellulose, Insulation, Dr. Who, Tardis, WrightWall, Natural, Light, Large Format Panel
23 September 2013 12:42 / PiersButler
Oakwrights in the North Country

The Oakwrights Sales Team Manager for the North of England, Piers Butler writes about working with his clients from just outside York

Tags: Piers Butler, Martyn Davies, Post and Beam, Yorkshire, WrightWall
13 September 2013 14:48 / LeeWilson
The Cotswold Walk

Lee Wilson, Oakwrights Architectural Technician, gives the fourth in a series of recommended walks.

Tags: Lee Wilson, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Countryside, Barrow Wake, Sheep, Crickley Hill Country Park, Damsel flies, beetle, birds, fallow deer, Cheltenham, pub
05 September 2013 17:18 / AntCarroll
Oak, Smoke & Food

Anthony Carroll looks into the history behind the foods that can be preserved by the process of wood smoke curing and oak aged brewing.

Tags: Oak, Smoked, Food, Cuisine, Barrel, Wine, Cider, Port, Peta Negra, Iberian Pig, Cured Ham, Fish, Somerset Chedder, Beaver, Eat, Wood, Anthony Carroll, Oakwrights, Summer, BBQ
23 August 2013 16:54 / JakeOakley
Jake Oakley of Oakwrights visits America to experience the American timber framing scene

"Anyone fancy going to work in America for a month?” I raised my hand as soon as I heard about the trip and luckily was chosen to make the trip across the pond and learn a thing or two about American timber framing.

Tags: Jake Oakley, America, Galesburg, Illinois, Fort Collins, Colorado, Chicago, Trillium Dell, Frameworks Timber, Apprenticeship, Carpenters Fellowship, Oakwrights, Tim Crump, Chess Records
31 July 2013 09:14 / TimCrump
On location - Four photo shoots in four days

Last week was a very busy week for Mark our photographer and myself. The weather forecast looked good so the decision was made to carry out four photo shoots in one week.

Tags: Tim Crump, Oakwrights, Mark the photographer, Photo Shoot, Sun, Clients, Homes, Day Shot, Night Shot, Countryside, Oak Frame, Shelford, Sayers, Howard, Rayner
10 July 2013 13:11 / AntCarroll
Working With The Inspired

Following a visit to the Oakwrights stand at the Grand Designs Live show a couple of years ago, David Coulter decided to look further into the possibilities of building an oak frame house on the plot that they had recently purchased in the village of Stour Row near Shaftesbury, Dorset.

Tags: Stourhomes, Anthony Carroll, Dorset, Wiltshire, construction, renovation, properties, Oak frame house, The Woodhouse,
28 June 2013 16:24 / CharlieMills
The Cotswolds Sportive - 2nd June 2013

On the eve of the Tour de France, Charlie Mills (Oakwrights Partnership Manager) shares his diary of the company cycle team's adventures in the Cotswolds Sportive.

Tags: Cotswold, Cycle, Sportive, Bike, Oakwrights, Team, 100 miles, Charlie, Partnership Manager, Tour de France
14 June 2013 12:36 / AntCarroll
Working With Waitrose

Oakwrights Sales Team Manager for the South West of England, Anthony Carroll, has recently been involved in discussions with Waitrose, one of the UK’s most forward thinking retailers

Tags: Hampshire, Post And Beam, Oakland Vale
06 June 2013 12:36 / LeeWilson
Blorenge Walk

Lee Wilson, Oakwrights Architectural Technician, gives the third in a series of recommended walks.

Tags: Walking, Blorenge, Abergavenny, Govilon, Usk Valley, Wales,
31 May 2013 10:01 / MichaelConnolly
Oakwrights and The Hay Festival – A Wonderful Relationship

This year you will find our wonderful Cruck Marquee Frames doing the same trustworthy job that they always do to help protect visitors from the borderland weather.

Tags: hay festival, oakwrights country buildings, wye valley beer, hereford, oakwrights, cruck frame, marquee
25 April 2013 15:44 / MarekHallmann
65th Land Rover anniversary

The classic 3 bay Kenchester Garage was used to show off the style and class of the Land Rover vehicle at it's 65th Anniversary Celebration

Tags: Land Rover, 65th, Anniversary, Celebrations, Kenchester, Oakwrights, Country Buildings, Garage, Warwickshire
07 September 2012 12:36 / TimCrump
A Berkshire House Warming

David and Dawn Howard played hosts to all the building team involved in their self-build. The house was full, the food was lovely and the wine flowed.

Tags: berkshire, post and beam, weatherboard, arch collar
24 August 2012 14:14 / TimCrump
On Site in the Guernsey Sunshine - Summer 2012

One of the best parts of being an oak framer is actually getting out and erecting the oak frame. I spend my days running the company and I find it rejuvenating to join one of the frame erection crews and help them put up one of our oak frames.

Tags: on site, post and beam, guernsey
09 August 2012 12:37 / LeeWilson
Stiperstones Walk

The second in a series of recommended walks for the fine people who take the opportunity to visit us at our wonderful Try Before You Buy Show Home in Kenchester, Herefordshire.

Tags: Herefordshire, Walking
26 July 2012 12:07 / AntCarroll
Summer Open Day in Hampshire

A very well attended open day at Jennifer Nash’s house gave those just starting out an opportunity to chat to others about their design and planning already underway

Tags: open day, hampshire, barn, self-build
27 June 2012 12:23 / JoeSmart
Joe's Last Week on Site, But What a Week!

Just recently one of our Frame Designers departed from our Swainshill Offices to take up residency in the southern hemisphere. Here is the story of his final week at work for Oakwrights – this time around at least! The prospect of a 130 mile j ...

Tags: Wales, On Site, Post and Beam, Last, Week, Joe Smart
12 June 2012 07:43 / JoYoung
On Site in Hampshire

Jo Young, Oakwrights Frame Designer visited this site in Hampshire to help the site crew erect the frame that she had designed. A television crew were ready and waiting when Jo arrived on site as this project was the subject of a Self Build Story on ‘My Flat Pack Home'

Tags: Frame Erection, Hampshire, Oak Framed House, Post and Beam
01 June 2012 10:57 / TimCrump
Simon & Vicky Parker Open Day

In the early hours of Saturday 26 May, Chris Eldred (Frame Designer), Ellie Harrison (Estimator) and I set off for Simon and Vicky Parkers’ home in Kent for Oakwrights’ third open day of the year.

Tags: kent, open day, render, tile hanging, wright wall, post and beam
24 May 2012 11:26 / LeeWilson
A Walking Ramble

Offered up by Lee Wilson, Oakwrights Architectural Technician, here starts a series of recommended walks for visitors to our Show Home in Kenchester, Herefordshire.

Tags: Herefordshire, Walking
24 April 2012 13:40 / TimCrump
A House Party in Full Swing - Spring Open Day April 2012

Oakwrights second open day this year, hosted by Bill and Gill Wade. We all met at 8.15am, for a hearty cooked breakfast laid on by our hosts.

Tags: oak framed house, open day, panel, kent
17 April 2012 08:52 / MartynDavies
On Site in the Meon Valley - Fruits of Virtual Labour

Spending the week on a site in the Meon Valley, near Fareham, Hampshire, and helping to erect the heavy oak frame I designed for our clients Mr and Mrs Head.

Tags: Hampshire, Post and Beam, On Site
27 March 2012 14:14 / PeteTonks
Rural Suffolk - The Larger Dwelling by Pete Tonks

This frame oak home design project was music to my ears and a great opportunity to create a floor below ground which would have an open elevation aspect to the rear facing out to the woodland and reservoir.

Tags: homebuilding & renovating, oak framed house, post & beam
21 February 2012 08:52 / TimCrump
Best Of Both Continued...

In addition to the current case study in Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine our MD Tim Crump sat down and quizzed Alison further on her charming barn style home.

Tags: barn, cambridgeshire, country contemporary, on site
07 February 2012 15:37 / AntSawyer
Oak Frame Apprenticeship with the Carpenters Fellowship - After hundreds of years away, Day One...

Rupert Newman & Tim Potts to the left and Nigel Howe to the right, flank the first intake of Oak Frame Apprentices for over 200 years The first day of December 2011 saw the launch of the first official Apprenticeship scheme, specific ...

Tags: apprenticeship, nvq
07 February 2012 15:32 / Ant Sawyer
Oak Frame Apprenticeship with the Carpenters Fellowship - After hundreds of years away, Day One...

December 2011 saw the launch of the first official Apprenticeship scheme, Oakwrights has enrolled three of its workshop staff into the first intake

Tags: apprenticeship, nvq
12 January 2012 09:32 / TimCrump
A Happy New Year from the Oakwrights Team

2011 saw our turnover increase to £6.4 million with actual sales breaking the £7 million barrier for the first time. The last quarter has been very strong giving us a good order book coming into the New Year.

Tags: barn, herefordshire, personnel
22 December 2011 16:01 / Julian
A View from the Design Office

Hopping over the water to the Isle of Wight to swing a hammer with the site crew on my project for Mr & Mrs Sayers. The Sayers found their mini break at the oakwrights show home was invaluable preparation for their own build

Tags: Designer, Post and Beam, Wright Wall, Try Before You Buy
06 December 2011 13:54 / PeteTonks
The Architect's View - Pete Tonks

This oak home project was a replacement dwelling on the edge of Green Belt and within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Tags: architect, kent, oak framed house
18 November 2011 15:55 / AndyEllis
An Oakwrights School Trip

St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Ross-on-Wye invited me along to talk about how Oakwrights design and build oak frames

Tags: Demonstration, Herefordshire, School
25 October 2011 16:44 / AndrewEnsor
Design Day Out 2011 (Celebrating h.Energy Week)

Design is of great importance to Oakwrights, and like any creative subject, it is a collaborative discipline. What better than to get out there and soak it up

Tags: Oak Framed Buildings, On Site, WrightWall, Architect, Eco, H.Energy
13 October 2011 13:43 / TimCrump
Supporting The Community

The pupils and staff of Stretton Sugwas Primary School are once more feeling the benefit of having an established county employer right on their doorstep.

Tags: community support, oakwrights donation
27 September 2011 10:38 / TimCrump
Oakwrights Ride for Charity

The Carpenters Fellowship, which is the body that represents all oak frame carpenters and oak frame companies, holds an event called Frame each year at a different location which is normally an open air museum.

Tags: charity, cycling, frame, wales
16 September 2011 11:01 / TimCrump
Evening Sky

Here is a taster of pictures to come. At first glance you would be forgiven for thinking that this is a typical Cotswold stone house. There is no real indication of any oak framing being involved in this project but how wrong this assumption would be

Tags: cotswolds, oak framed house, post & beam
11 August 2011 10:38 / Jakki
On Tour with a Miniature Oak Frame

Oakwrights had arranged for Charlie Lupton of “Make Your Own History” to carry out a workshop with the kids at Westfield School.

Tags: Herefordshire, History, School, Tudor House, Oak, Frame, Learn, Build, Traditional, Construction, Hammer, Carve, Fun, Pupils
03 August 2011 08:45 / KimJack
Kim's Big Adventure in Cambridgeshire

I was given the call to go to site to cover for another team member. I jumped at the opportunity to get out from behind my desk and help to erect an oak frame and enjoy the clients delight of watching their house go from a block and beam pad to the skeleton of what is to be their dream house

Tags: Cambridgeshire, Frame Erection, Oak Framed House, On Site, WrightWall
12 July 2011 10:07 / TimCrump
Open Day in Kent

Last weekend was rather hectic. On Friday night I went to a neighbour’s home for their 10th wedding anniversary, which is tin so we took them a watering can!

Tags: kent, oak framed house, open day, scandinavian
17 June 2011 16:54 / TimCrump
A Rainy Weekend in Herefordshire

Entering the Mountain Mayhem 24 hour mountain bike race seemed a good idea in April, now I'm not so sure with the torrential rain leaving Eastnor Castle’s beautiful grounds a perfect representation of The Somme.

Tags: herefordshire, cruck, cycling
03 June 2011 15:52 / JoeSmart
Joe on site in Bedfordshire

In April I was able to get out from behind the desk in my office and get some fresh air and sunshine, down in Biggleswade, delivering a replacement out-building for Mr and Mrs Watkiss.

Tags: Bedfordshire, Frame Erection, On Site, Post and Beam
18 May 2011 14:11 / Jakki
July Open Day in Kent

Sophia’s home is designed around the use and function of each room. Ensuring that the functional spaces like the kitchen and dining area encourage socialising while the relaxing and entertainment spaces embrace the outdoors allowing a seamless flow in and out of the garden.

Tags: Kent, Oak Framed House, Open Day, Post and Beam, Weatherboard, Sophia Wadsworth, Interior, Designer
18 May 2011 10:03 / AndrewEnsor
Tech Feature - Airtightness & MVHR

Research shows as much as half of all the energy used to heat our buildings can be lost. Although we insulate new houses very well, the proportion of energy lost to draughts has increased

Tags: Eco, Energy Efficient, Green, WrightWall
18 May 2011 08:49 / MarekHallmann
Cultivating Creativity: New 3-Bay Kenchester with Workshop

A 3 bay Kenchester garage from Oakwrights provides plenty of space to accommodate whatever hobby or interest you may have, let alone a car or two.

Tags: Country Buildings, Kenchester
21 April 2011 15:26 / AndrewEnsor
Take One

An early spring morning start, filming on a Hampshire building site. Oak frame houses are the earliest flat pack homes with all components manufactured and constructed in a framing yard

Tags: Hampshire, Oak Framed House, On Site, Post and Beam
11 April 2011 10:38 / TimCrump
The Show is Over

The National HB&R show at the NEC was a great success. Following all the hard work that the team put into creating The Low Energy House by Oakwrights, we were really pleased to see just how well it was received.

Tags: dinedor, eco, exhibition, homebuilding and renovating, post and beam
23 March 2011 12:42 / TimCrump
One Day to Showtime

Today is the last day for preparation at the National Home Building & Renovating show. The team have been working hard and it is now just down to adding the finishing touches.

Tags: dinedor, exhibition, frame erection, homebuilding & renovating, on site
21 March 2011 14:38 / TimCrump
It'll be Alright on the Night

Setting up a show stand is a little bit like rehearsing for a play. One moment you think the rehearsal is going well, the next moment sheer panic sets in.

Tags: dinedor, homebuilding & renovating, oak framed buildings, on site
18 March 2011 08:41 / TimCrump
The Show Begins

Well for Oakwrights it does any way. Today we have started erecting our stand for The Low Energy Home within hall 5 of the NEC for the National Home Building & Renovating show.

Tags: dinedor, exhibition, homebuilding & renovating, on site
15 March 2011 09:13 / EdGwyver
Ed's Latest Build - Post & Beam House in Northern Scotland

It has been a long and cold winter on site, with the weather doing its very best to slow us down. Kitted out with one of the companies new vans and loaded to the max with kit and enough warm clothing to last the trip we set off.

Tags: Frame Erection, Mountain, Oak Framed House, On Site, Scotland
08 March 2011 09:48 / TimCrump
Oak Frame Resource

Launching in the spring, The Oak Frame Resource, an online directory for Architects and Designers who work with Oak frames. This new website will allow self builders and the general public to be able to search for and view Oak frame Architects and Designers.

Tags: oak frame resource, architect, designer
08 March 2011 09:34 / TimCrump
Garden Gazebo

In addition to our new range of house designs, we will be launching our new oak framed Garden Gazebo, which we will be debuting in the garden of our Low Energy House at the Homebuilding and Renovating Show.

Tags: gaezbo, country buildings, homebuilding and renovating, garden
04 March 2011 12:32 / TimCrump
Show Frame For Sale

Show Frame For Sale - Your chance to gain a bargain for your self-build

Tags: homebuilding & renovating, sale, dinedor
04 March 2011 12:07 / TimCrump
Energy efficient home at the Homebuilding and Renovating show

We are demonstrating an energy efficient home at the Homebuilding and Renovating show NEC March 24th to 27th.

Tags: homebuilding & renovating, diary
23 February 2011 15:18 / TimCrump
Homebuilding & Renovating - April Case Study

We are now almost through the winter and starting to look forwards to the coming spring time. The April issue of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine has an inspirational article on a house that we built for Sue and Ian Pinks in Kent.

Tags: homebuilding and renovating, kent, oak framed house, post & beam
08 February 2011 14:28 / TimCrump
Country Buildings Day Out

Recently 13 members of the team spent a day out visiting four of our previous Country Buildings projects in Berkshire and Hampshire.

Tags: barn, berkshire, hampshire, on site, country buildings
18 January 2011 14:06 / TimCrump
We're Glad You Like It

We were pleasantly surprised to find that you love our show home just as much as we do!

Tags: award, herefordshire, homebuilding and renovating, show home
10 January 2011 16:00 / TimCrump
Oak Frame for Allied Special Forces -

The New Year is here and we have a lot of exciting projects ahead of us. Here is a brief preview of our first

Tags: staffordshire, sun room, special forces
17 December 2010 11:33 / TimCrump
That was the year that was - 2010 looking forwards to 2011

2010 has been an interesting year, from an oak framed chapel to H shaped manor houses, and from a huge wedding barn to post and beam barn houses, the variety of work has been varied and challenging.

Tags: oak framed houses, oak frame houses. oak framed architecture
14 December 2010 12:49 / JoeSmart
Joe on site in Ireland

A trip to Ireland and an opportunity to assist with putting up an oak frame with the oakwrights site crew

Tags: Ireland, Post & Beam, On Site
06 December 2010 09:00 / TimCrump
Final Open Day of the Year

Last weekend we attended the Home Building & Renovation show at Shepton Mallet. This is the final show of the year and always has us looking forwards to Christmas

Tags: cornwall, oak framed house, open day, somerset, homebuilding and renovating
26 November 2010 15:34 / TimCrump
Our Second Photoshoot Raffle Winners

Lorna and Noel Larwill are another of our lucky photoshoot raffle winners. Along with the photos supplied Lorna has put together a brief story of their build so far. Here is Noel and Lorna’s story.

Tags: essex, oak framed house, self-build
26 November 2010 14:04 / BillKeir
The Last Away Day (in 2010.... Almost)

It is always a pleasure to get out and visit a client's finished home. Leaving Hereford in thick fog at 5am, to visit Mrs. Sue Newby at her Yorkshire home was our penultimate Open Day of the year

Tags: Oak Framed House, Open Day, Post & Beam, Yorkshire
17 November 2010 08:34 / TimCrump
Our First Photoshoot Raffle Winners

Recently we held a photo raffle where our customers could send in pictures of their build in progress and then have a chance of winning a case of wine.

Tags: cambridgeshire, diary, oak framed house, self-build
02 November 2010 15:06 / TimCrump
Five Star Award from Visit England

We have always been proud of the quality of construction and finish at the show home but had never really thought about just what level of accommodation we were offering

Tags: award, country contemporary, herefordshire, oak framed house, show home
27 October 2010 11:27 / TimCrump
New England Style Oak Frame

I was out on my rounds in Kent last week when I made an impromptu mobile call to a client to see if I could visit while in the area. While my call was spur of the moment Sophia was more than happy for me to visit and wow what a visit.

Tags: decor, kent, oak framed house, weatherboard, new england
19 October 2010 10:05 / TimCrump
Our Next Open Day in Kent

By the kind permission of Ian and Sue Pinks who have allowed Oakwrights to hold an open day at their stunning new home near Maidstone, Kent.

Tags: country contemporary, kent, oak framed house, open day
08 October 2010 10:31 / TimCrump
Oak Frame at the End of Your Rainbow

On Saturday 25th of September Jennifer Nash kindly allowed us to hold an open day at her fantastic barn style house.

Tags: barn, hampshire, oak framed house, open day
27 September 2010 08:20 / TimCrump
Autumn at the Show Home

We are now into the third year of offering our show home for people to try before they buy and the popularity is growing all the time. Along the way I have learnt a vast amount about what gives our clients an informative and enjoyable time. Also it i ...

Tags: country contemporary, herefordshire, show home, try before you buy
16 September 2010 10:38 / TimCrump
Tim Catches Up With Some Past Clients

Last week I was down in Devon with Anthony Carroll looking at a new project.

Tags: oak framed house, panel, hampshire
02 September 2010 14:23 / JoeSmart
Design department cross-learning, historical research and team building event - August 2010

Our day out started early at St Marys School in Lugwardine, Hereford. The building was a chapel in the School grounds, designed by Oakwrightd designer John Williams

Tags: Chapel, Contemporary, Herefordshire, History, Oak Framed House
03 August 2010 16:26 / TimCrump
Show Home Open Day

Last Saturday we had our first weekend open day at our show home. It is funny how we have always travelled all over the country to hold our open days on a Saturday but the show home on our doorstep has never before opened at the weekend.

Tags: herefordshire, open day, show home
29 July 2010 12:43 / TimCrump
Award Winning Self Build Success

It is always good to hear a self build success story and this is exactly what Amanda Philips has achieved with her pretty barn house in Cambridgeshire. Winner of the South Cams LABC Building Excellence Award 2010 is a reward for all the hard work put ...

Tags: award, oak framed house, cambridgeshire
23 July 2010 11:29 / TimCrump
Sussex Sun

Rolling down its sloped site towards a wildflower meadow, this house with its eclectic mix of styles espouses the idea of “Country Contemporary” design.

Tags: oak framed house, sussex, country contemporary
16 July 2010 08:14 / TimCrump
Recipe for Success. Spot on with Oakwrights and Emma Bridgewater

We are as busy as ever with our ‘Try before you Buy’ service at the Show Home, and as ever we are always trying to improve our service and enhance the experience for our guests.

Tags: show home, decor, try before you buy, Emma Bridgewater
07 July 2010 08:14 / EdGwyver
Ed's Latest Build: Mr & Mrs Bengston's Post and Beam House Outside Harlow in Essex

After curving the braces, the teams start work. All tenons are fitted into their corresponding mortises, beginning with the roof, and fitting the purlins and ridge to the principal rafters

Tags: Diary, Oak Framed House, Essex, Workshop, Ed Gwyver, On Site, Oak, Frame, Family Home, Topping Out
28 June 2010 08:53 / TimCrump
Martin and Tracey Cox

I first met Martin & Tracey in October of 2005. Martin had bought a plot of land in Kent with an old 1950’s bungalow on it, which he aimed to knock down so that he could build a new oak framed house.

Tags: oak framed house, kent
25 June 2010 14:19 / TimCrump
Water Water

Photoshoot at an oakwrights contemporary oak framed house on a beautiful summers day.

Tags: contemporary, green, oak framed house, stainless steel
14 June 2010 10:00 / TimCrump
Tim On Site In Ely

Five years ago David bought a plot of ground in a village just outside Ely, Cambridgeshire. The plot was long and narrow with an existing ancient circular brick dovecote on the front of the site.

Tags: barn, diary, oak framed house, sling brace
03 June 2010 08:19 / TimCrump
Tim On Site In Hertfordshire - 2010 - Video Diary

Tim Crump on-site with Roland, filming an oak frame being constructed

Tags: diary, hertfordshire, oak framed house, restoration, video
21 May 2010 11:02 / CharlieLupton
Build a Tudor House

Oakwrights take history into classrooms across the length and breadth of the country. Up to 60 children a day work in collaborative teams to construct the Tudor House

Tags: Tudor House, School, Elizabethan, History
20 May 2010 15:28 / Jakki
Spring Has Finally Sprung in the Oakwrights Garden

Spring is always a very busy time in the Oakwrights calendar with plenty of shows and events, which generate many leads, which in turn, keep our show home nice and busy.

Tags: Show Home, Gardener, Spring, Yew Tree, Compost, Blossom, Furniture, Swallows
19 May 2010 09:55 / TimCrump
This Week In High Town Hereford - 'Ideas May Blossom'

I spent last Sunday evening in Hereford working with a small Oakwrights team and a team from RRA architects to set up an event eco event pavilion in the centre of Hereford High Town.

Tags: eco, herefordshire, video, hay festival
17 May 2010 12:03 / TimCrump
Tim On Site In Hertfordshire - May 2010

My love of carpentry started over twenty five years ago when I was a young man with a love for old oak frame buildings.

Tags: hertfordshire, oak framed house, restoration
16 April 2010 15:22 / TimCrump
And The Awards Just Keep Coming

It is great to receive awards when you know they are coming, but even better to gain an award that you knew nothing about.

Tags: energy efficient, award, contemporary
06 April 2010 14:00 / Rob
Self Build Product Innovation Awards - Video Presentation

Oakwrights very own Tim Crump accepting the winning award for our 'Type 3i Panel System' at the Self Build Product Innovation Awards. He also explains a little about the system and why it was chosen above the other entries.

Tags: Homebuilding and Renovating, Self Build and Renovation Show, Video, Panel
01 April 2010 11:04 / Julian
Oakwrights Chapel - Blessed

A proud moment for the Oakwrights team when the Chapel at St Marys RC School was filled with ‘Songs and Praise’ during the ceremony and blessing of the new building by the Archbishop of Cardiff

Tags: Chapel, Diary, Herefordshire, Sling Brace, Faith, Church, Religion, Service, Mass
23 March 2010 13:34 / TimCrump
2010 NEC Homebuilding & Renovating Show

A report from the Homebuilding show where we won an award for our 3i panel system. A true compliment to all those members of our team who have worked so hard in developing the system

Tags: homebuilding and renovating, panel, exhibition
18 March 2010 12:46 / Rob
Our First Venture into Timelapse Photography

A venture into timelapse photography which really shows what goes into our oak frame construction

Tags: Workshop, Video, Time Lapse, Photography
26 February 2010 14:58 / Julian
The New Oakwrights Buildstore Stand

the new Oakwrights show stand will be launched this week at The National Self Build and Renovation show in Swindon. I was tasked with the role of delivering the project in 4 weeks in time for the show.

Tags: Self Build and Renovation Show, Stainless Steel
20 February 2010 08:42 / Roland
'Blue Barn' at Abington Pigotts - An Oakwrights 'Lightwall' project

As an Oakwrights frame designer I usually help put up frames I’ve designed. During January I was on site helping to erect a barn frame in Hertfordshire. This frame is fully enclosed by our wall system “LightWall”.

Tags: Barn, Encapsulation, System, LightWall, Hertfordshire
09 February 2010 10:09 / Rob
Our Award Winning Panels

Oakwrights have been placed first in the Homebuilding & Renovating ‘Self Build Product Innovation Awards 2010’ with Our Type 3i panel system

Tags: Homebuilding and Renovating, Self Build and Renovation Show, Panel
08 February 2010 10:49 / Julian
Let Us Pray......

The chapel at St.Mary’s RC school in Hereford was developed by Oakwrights’ architectural concept designer John Williams, with pupils keen to be involved in the project throughout

Tags: Herefordshire, Sling Brace, Chapel
20 January 2010 10:01 / EdGwyver
Ed's latest project: Sycamore Barns

An overview of a project that has recently been erected outside the village of Stow on the Wold in the Cotswolds.

Tags: Cotswolds, Barn, Sling Brace,Ed Gwyver, Ryan, Saso,
19 January 2010 15:11 / EdGwyver
Introducing our newest blogger - Ed

In my blog, I shall be keeping you up to date with just some of the most interesting projects that I have been working on.

Tags: Personnel, Ed Gwyver, Oakwrights, Workshop, Frame, Erecting, On Site, Travel, World
15 December 2009 08:55 / JamesStarkey
Ground Breaking Technology for Super Energy Efficient Home

Darren Rayner’s objective to build his house in a traditional style with contemporary, energy efficient technologies has been achieved very successfully.

Tags: Berkshire, Eco, Energy Efficient, Rayner, Five, Bedroom, Traditional, Oak, Frame, House, Starkey, Systems, AWADUKT, Thermo, REHAU
15 December 2009 08:48 / Jakki
Shiver Me Timbers

Autumn saw the launch of Oakwrights first ever Photo Competition. The competition was open to all past clients who have built with an Oakwrights oak frame.

Tags: Photo, Competition, Oak, Frame, House, Autumn, Scene, Winner, Runner Up
15 December 2009 07:49 / Jakki
Last But Not Least...

There were over 140 stands packed into the Bath and West Showground with Oakwrights unique oak frame stand, a prominent centrepiece.

Tags: Homebuilding and Renovating, Somerset, Showstand, Green Oak Frame, Ant Carroll, South West
15 December 2009 07:40 / TimCrump
Dates for your diary

Events and dates for your diary including complimentary ticket vouchers

Tags: homebuilding and renovating, show home
15 December 2009 07:40 / Jakki
Dates for your Diary

Put these dates in your diary for the Christmas holidays and the shows forecasted for next year.

Tags: Christmas, New Year, Holiday, Homebuilding and Renovating, Open Day, Showhome, Self Build and Renovation Show
15 December 2009 07:40 / BrendanBeal
Brendan's Account of the Mount

A trip to Scotland to tackle Ben Nevis’ great Observatory Ridge - a climb coveted by many a climber and for good reason!

Tags: Brendan, Mike, Scotland, Mountain, Climbing, Photography, View, Nevis









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