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09 September 2015 10:49 / HelenNeedham
Helen Needham | Oakwrights Architect

I am pleased to introduce myself as Helen Needham, the new Oakwrights In-House Architect.  I am originally from a farming background in Lincolnshire, and went to Brighton University gaining a BA (Hons) degree and Postgraduate Diplomas in Archite ...

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

First in a series of blogs from our very own in-house Architectural Design Team Manager, Helen Needham. Taking a different approach to the usual manner in which we consider our planning consent stories, when we give you an overview of how consent is ...

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

Following our pre-application submission, we received some helpful written feedback from East Hampshire District Council and attended a meeting with the Council’s Principal Planning Officer, Mr Stephen Wiltshire.  The written feedback was ...

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……

Bath Mill Lodge Retreat opened in August offering exceptional self-catering accommodation in an idyllic, tranquil space, just outside the world heritage city of Bath. Bath Mill is the perfect alternative to a hotel break and offers luxury lodges i ...

Tags: Bath Mill Lodge, Luxury, Retreat, Darwin Escapes, Oakwrights, Oak, Frame, Bar, Bistro, Somerset, Restaurant, Commercial
25 August 2015 16:44 / AbbyBarrington
The Carpenters Fellowship Frame Event 2015

Frame takes the form of an educational conference, where speakers of international repute lecture on many aspects of traditional and contemporary timber framing, and many other topics. Practical demonstrations, training opportunities, tool markets, t ...

Tags: Carpenters Fellowship, Frame, 2015, Event, St Fagans, Cardiff, Oak, Timber, Fire, Axe, Throwing, Trebuchet, Winner, Competition, Girls, Camping, Weather, Storm, Dancing, Ceilidh, Band
23 July 2015 15:50 / EleanorHarrison
Le Manoir

A call into the MD’s office is often faced with trepidation, however on this pleasant Tuesday afternoon it resulted in an invite to Le Manoir hosted by Country Life Magazine, big smiley face mixed with slight  'Eek' at ‘what am I goi ...

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

Sunday 7th June – 1pm Today is an absolute scorcher of a day with glorious clear blue skies. I am currently travelling to Much Marcle in Herefordshire for the garden festival, which as a (very) small time vegetable grower myself I am very ex ...

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 Stable Restaurant overlooking the harbour The most recent (and fastest ever through production) commercial project to be completed by Oakwrights was for the ‘up and coming’ restaurant chain - The Stable. Tim Crump, Oakwrights Ma ...

02 April 2015 11:15 / AbbyBarrington
My First Show – The Homebuilding & Renovating National Show 2015

The morning of the show The day is finally here - It’s 7.50 am on the morning of my very first show since starting as the Marketing Assistant for Oakwrights. I have been preparing for this particular show for around two months, taking booki ...

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!

At Oakwrights we major on our service commitment to clients building a relationship from initial contact through to, and beyond, the full build process. This allows us, with a generous contribution from our previous clients, to stage a full series of ...

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

More and more we are finding that our encapsulation systems are being taken up as part of the overall products and services we have to offer Self Builders. When it comes to traditional oak frame homes - Village Homes to Country Homes – we are s ...

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

Oakwrights Architectural Designer, Pete Tonks, joined Homebuilding and Renovating for a live Facebook Q&A. You posted your questions on designing and oak frame homes and here are his answers - Q. My wife and I are planning to build a ‘life ...

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

Well well, what a nice little job this turned out to be. A curious fusion of the classical and the contemporary, from the outset it was never certain whether this particular mix would work. But work it did and through conscientious design on both s ...

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

My first project was for a delightful couple, Lesley Logue and David Black. It was a one and a half storey house based on the Derndale from our Woodhouse range. Having already followed the frame through the machine shop, helping to cut it on the K2i ...

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 day begins with an early start in anticipation for a three hour journey to meet with Pete Tonks in Cambridgeshire and shoot the first of three videos featuring our Architectural Designers. Film shoot of Pete Tonks, Oakwrights Architectural Des ...

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

Whitney, Oxfordshire Fareham, Hampshire Stockbridge, Hampshire Each year, the Design Department embarks on a day out in order to visit particularly notable projects from the past 12 months. Usually the designer’s experience of a site wou ...

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. Sales have been very strong and for the first time ever we have exceeded all targets, e ...

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

At the Oakwrights Country Buildings monthly meeting in November, it was agreed to implement changes to details and specification to the habitable areas of our buildings. The first stage was to draw up these changes for discussion. The second stag ...

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

or Why the world is turning to Warmcel and how we are ahead of the game with our Natural Encapsulation System

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

Piers Butler, Oakwrights Sales Team Manager for the North of England writes about working with clients from just outside York, Carrie Pillow and Steven Charlesworth, from first meeting at an Open Day in 2010 to their very own Open Day for us in mid-November.

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

So there I was, working away on a clients site for Oakwrights when my ears pick up at the sound of my foreman shouting out,

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. This is something we have never attempted before...

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

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

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

Our Land Rover adventure started on Tuesday 2 April, when the Oakwrights Country Building’s office received a call from Ben Milton of The Event Business in Oxfordshire.

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

One Thursday evening in late August I had the pleasure of being invited to a house warming evening at the home of David and Dawn Howard, who we built an oak frame for late last year. Front view of house with fully face glazed gable Front side ele ...

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. As a c ...

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

Oakwrights Architectural Technician, Lee Wilson, gives the second in a series of recommended walks offered up to the fine people who take the opportunity to visit us at our wonderful Try Before You Buy Show Home in Kenchester, Herefordshire. Risin ...

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

Anthony Carroll, Oakwrights Sales Team Manager for the South West of England, reports back from another successful open day. Visiting Jennifer Nash’s house is always a delight. Having held Open days there before I should feel that I know it we ...

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

To celebrate the airing last week of Mr & Mrs Hasted’s Self Build Story on ‘My Flat Pack Home’ we are revisiting a blog written last summer by Oakwrights Frame Designer, Jo Young. Jo visited the site in Hampshire to help the sit ...

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. Simon and Vicky’s home was complet ...

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

Offered up by Oakwrights Architectural Technician, Lee Wilson, we are drawing together a series of articles – as recommendations for walks for visitors to our Show Home in Kenchester, Herefordshire. Hey, but should you just happen upon this blo ...

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

Last Saturday morning Ellie and Mariyana (two members of our estimating team) and I left Hereford bright and early at 5.30am to travel down to Bill and Gill Wade’s home in Cudham, Kent for our second open day this year. We met Mark Rickwood (Oa ...

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

It’s Sunday evening, bags are packed, adrenaline is up and I’m ready to go. Don’t want to have to worry about the things I might have forgotten to pack first thing tomorrow when I set off to meet Ross and his crew on site. I’m ...

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

The second and much larger dwelling on the rural Suffolk site - that I wrote about in the January Planning Consent Case - was a far more complex design process, as this was more personal to the clients and they wanted it positioned so that it straddl ...

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. What first gave you the idea to contemplate a self build project? We have always h ...

Tags: barn, cambridgeshire, country contemporary, on site
07 February 2012 15:32 / Ant Sawyer
Oak Frame Apprenticeship with the Carpenters Fellowship - After hundreds of years away, Day One...

[Above] 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 of ...

Tags: apprenticeship, nvq
07 February 2012 15:32 / 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
12 January 2012 09:32 / TimCrump
A Happy New Year from the Oakwrights Team

2011 was an interesting year. Our turn over increased to £6.4 million and our actual sales broke 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. If I d ...

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

Recently I managed to find enough time to hop over the water to the Isle of Wight to swing a hammer with the site crew on my project for Mr & Mrs Sayers. My design work for this project was extensive to say the least; having designed the post an ...

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

I was introduced to Stuart and Diane Wilkie by Tim Crump in the autumn of 2006. This was one of my early projects with Oakwrights, having originally partnered up with them in 2004 following the founding of my design studio at PJT Design. Both Tim an ...

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

Just recently, St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Ross-on-Wye invited me along to talk about how Oakwrights design and build oak frames. Class 2 has been working really hard on a project about the Great Fire of London and Tudor and Stuart houses ...

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

Once a year we like to organise a day, for our design studio team to get out and stimulate their brain cells; to see some of our finished projects and what other designers are doing. Design is of great importance to Oakwrights, and like any creative ...

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. TJ Crump Oakwrights have built on their already rooted support of the community with a d ...

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. The idea is to have a weekend where kn ...

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

What a pleasure it is to be able to get out of the office for a few days 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, and in addition ...

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! It is an old brick and stone Herefordshire farm house, and I imagine there are some lo ...

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

Back in those balmy days of April and May it seemed like a great idea to be entering the Mountain Mayhem 24 hour mountain bike race. Now with torrential rain I am not looking forward to hauling my old body around Eastnor Castle’s beautiful grou ...

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

As the calendar turns to June, and the sky remains grey, it feels like a long time since I was out enjoying myself on site. Towards the end of April I was able to get out from behind the desk in my office. The sub-zero months of winter had passed, a ...

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

Airtightness Research shows that we can lose as much as half of all the energy used to heat our buildings through unwanted draughts, inefficient and poor ventilation. We now generally insulate new houses very well but the proportion of energy lost t ...

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

A workshop is a great place to restore that vintage car, pot up those cuttings or spend quality time with your boys – planting seeds in the imagination and creating your dreams. The gardener, craftsman and weekend enthusiast alike need a plac ...

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

Our first day of filming started early on a spring morning. The site crew left Oakwrights’ yard in Hereford at 5am and arrived on the Hampshire building site three hours later. We were greeted by the film crew who were making a new series of ...

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. From Thursday morning through to S ...

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. The graphics are all being applied ready to show how The Low Energy ...

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. On Thursday the show frame erection seemed to be cruising along. I gave Kim, our project manage ...

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. The Team arrived at the NEC at 8AM along with the first articulate ...

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

A study of one of the latest projects I have worked on for Oakwrights, an 800 cubic foot, post and beam house, build time 3 days. It has been what seems like a long and cold winter on site, working on different plots ranging from Peterborough, Belfa ...

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 De ...

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

Our NEW Garden Gazebo! At A Special Show Price! 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 ...

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 At the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show taking place at the NEC in March. We are building a Low Energy House as a display feature. For this display, we are building t ...

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. We thought it would be a good idea to kill a number of the proverbial birds with one stone. So we took the idea of putting on an energy eff ...

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. Set on a gen ...

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. The day offered an opportunity for members of the team that are usually in the office designing to get out to site an ...

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. It is great to have third party accreditation and being the most popular style of house as voted by the self build visitors to the Harrogate show our show him i ...

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

The New Year is here and we have a lot of exciting projects ahead of us. Here is a brief preview of our first; Following on from having already designed and built a Lytch Gate for Special Forces in Hereford Garrison, we are extremely pleased to cont ...

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

As a Designer with experience of site work, I was asked to take the Oakwrights laptop and camera to Northern Ireland to assist with putting up a frame with the site crew. I relish the chance to get out of the office and get some fresh air in my lungs ...

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. The weather was bitterly cold and I was surprised by just how busy the show was i ...

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. Our favourite angle in the back garden If ...

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

Oakwrights General Manager Bill Keir writes: One of the great pleasures in life is to get out and about, to see our clients finished homes.  This year for the penultimate Open Day of the year we visited Mrs. Sue Newby in Yorkshire.  A 5am ...

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. David and Angela are one of our three lucky winners to have their pictures pulled out of the hat. ...

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. It was while giving a guided tour one day that one of our visitors said they ...

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. I had heard ...

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

Oakwrights Open Day On Saturday 23rd October 2010 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. Sitting on a south-easterly sloping site, this house t ...

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. Jennifer bought the plot in her village in Hampshire as an old bungalow with a semi scrap yard on site. Looking back at the pictures ...

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. As we had a project that was near completion in the same village we decided with the permission of our customers to invite the potential new customer to visit our project un ...

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

As a new recruit to the Oakwrights design department I was given the task of arranging the annual ‘Design day out’. The purpose of which would be to visit houses that we had built in the local area to learn about how oak frames settle, an ...

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 that we have on our doorstep we have never before opened at the week ...

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. As you will see from the attached photographs, the oak frame is clean and light enhan ...

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. It had been decided, following comments by clients who have ...

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

An overview of one of our latest projects; a four bedroom post and beam house. Total time to complete: machine shop 4 days, framing up 5 days, build 3 and a half days.

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. Martin & Tracey had been to one of o ...

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

I spent a day on a photo shoot with this house and oh what a pleasant day it was too. The pool in front of the house just gave such a calm feel and I drove home feeling fully relaxed. My feeling of contentment made me ponder on the way home; was i ...

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. The previous owner had gained planning permission to b ...

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

A few weeks ago I spent four days out on site with Roland, one of our senior frame designers. Roland has put together our first foray into time lapse photography. We had great fun out on site with the Oakwrights frame erection crew and I hope you ...

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

From the proverbial acorn of an idea, Oakwrights have made it possible to take history into classrooms across the length and breadth of the country from Plymouth to Newcastle and from London to Ulswater and 80 schools in between. I had the idea f ...

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. This brought back many memories for me as the last time I had worke ...

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

The 3D model, sent to the client showing the frames Oakwrights are proposing to build My love of carpentry started over twenty five years ago when I was a young man with a love for old oak frame buildings. Living in Herefordshire this led me to sp ...

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. A chance telephone call from Piers, of our office, to Eileen Leatherland regarding taking a prospective customer to visit her ...

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

Here's a video that was filmed at the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the Birmingham NEC earlier this year. It features our very own Tim Crump accepting the award for our 'Type 3i Panel System' winning the Self Build Produ ...

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

Last Friday was a proud moment for the team at Oakwrights when the Chapel at St Marys RC School was filled with ‘Songs and Praise’ during the ceremony and blessing of the building by the Archbishop of Cardiff – a first for Oakwright ...

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

Well we are back from the NEC Homebuilding & Renovation show a little bit weary but certainly inspired by the enthusiasm shown by all the visitors. I was really pleased to receive our award for winning the product innovation category for our 3i ...

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

We take hundreds of pictures every year, documenting our frames as they progress and many of these end up on this website, but they don't really do justice to what is such an interesting process. Ideally, of course, we would like to video the w ...

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

The National Self Build and Renovation show which is at the Self Build and Renovation (Buildstore) centre in Swindon this weekend Feb 26-28th sees the launch of the NEW Oakwrights show stand. The old stand was indeed old, and by our own admission, v ...

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”. “LightWall& ...

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

As some of you will have seen in our news section, Oakwrights have been placed first in the Homebuilding & Renovating ‘Self Build Product Innovation Awards 2010’. Our Type 3i panel system was chosen as the winner in the ‘Const ...

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

The story of the design of the chapel at St.Mary’s RC school in Hereford started some 20 years ago way back in 1988 when I arrived at the school for my first day as an ‘innocent and keen’ 11 year old. Little did I know that fast fo ...

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

Homebuilding & Renovating Show -NATIONAL The NEC, Birmingham 24th-27th March 2011 Free Tickets Call our office for a complimentary ticket voucher, saving £14.00 on the door price! Free Consultation (stand no.C167 ) We will also be tak ...

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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