From Starbucks Manager to Oak Framing Estimator, Izzie talks about her recent career change.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
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
Frame, an educational conference, where speakers lecture on many aspects of traditional and contemporary timber framing
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
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
Helpful feedback from East Hampshire District Council and invitation to attend a meeting with the Council’s Principal Planning Officer, Mr Stephen Wiltshire.
Oakwrights commercial portfolio continues to grow with Bath Mill Lodge Retreat opening in August 2015
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
Oakwrights are travelling to Much Marcle in Herefordshire for the Hellens Garden Festival in support of the St Michaels Hospice
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
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
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
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
A live facebook question and answer session with Oakwrights Architectural Designer, Pete Tonks, and Homebuilding and Renovating
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
Sara Edwards first design project, a one and a half storey house based on the Derndale from our Woodhouse range.
The first of three videos featuring our Architectural Designers, this one featuring Pete Tonks at his home in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
The Oakwrights Design Department visit three past projects in Witney, Stockbridge and Fareham.
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.
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.
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.
Warmcel and how oakwrights we are ahead of the game
The Oakwrights Sales Team Manager for the North of England, Piers Butler writes about working with his clients from just outside York
Lee Wilson, Oakwrights Architectural Technician, gives the fourth in a series of recommended walks.
Anthony Carroll looks into the history behind the foods that can be preserved by the process of wood smoke curing and oak aged brewing.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Lee Wilson, Oakwrights Architectural Technician, gives the third in a series of recommended walks.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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'
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.
Offered up by Lee Wilson, Oakwrights Architectural Technician, here starts a series of recommended walks for visitors to our Show Home in Kenchester, Herefordshire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
December 2011 saw the launch of the first official Apprenticeship scheme, Oakwrights has enrolled three of its workshop staff into the first intake
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.
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
This oak home project was a replacement dwelling on the edge of Green Belt and within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Ross-on-Wye invited me along to talk about how Oakwrights design and build oak frames
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
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.
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.
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
Oakwrights had arranged for Charlie Lupton of “Make Your Own History” to carry out a workshop with the kids at Westfield School.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Show Frame For Sale - Your chance to gain a bargain for your self-build
We are demonstrating an energy efficient home at the Homebuilding and Renovating show NEC March 24th to 27th.
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.
Recently 13 members of the team spent a day out visiting four of our previous Country Buildings projects in Berkshire and Hampshire.
We were pleasantly surprised to find that you love our show home just as much as we do!
The New Year is here and we have a lot of exciting projects ahead of us. Here is a brief preview of our first
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.
A trip to Ireland and an opportunity to assist with putting up an oak frame with the oakwrights site crew
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
On Saturday 25th of September Jennifer Nash kindly allowed us to hold an open day at her fantastic barn style house.
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 ...
Last week I was down in Devon with Anthony Carroll looking at a new project.
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
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.
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 ...
Rolling down its sloped site towards a wildflower meadow, this house with its eclectic mix of styles espouses the idea of “Country Contemporary” design.
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.
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
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.
Photoshoot at an oakwrights contemporary oak framed house on a beautiful summers day.
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.
Tim Crump on-site with Roland, filming an oak frame being constructed
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
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.
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.
My love of carpentry started over twenty five years ago when I was a young man with a love for old oak frame buildings.
It is great to receive awards when you know they are coming, but even better to gain an award that you knew nothing about.
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.
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
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
A venture into timelapse photography which really shows what goes into our oak frame construction
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.
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”.
Oakwrights have been placed first in the Homebuilding & Renovating ‘Self Build Product Innovation Awards 2010’ with Our Type 3i panel system
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
An overview of a project that has recently been erected outside the village of Stow on the Wold in the Cotswolds.
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.
Darren Rayner’s objective to build his house in a traditional style with contemporary, energy efficient technologies has been achieved very successfully.
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.
There were over 140 stands packed into the Bath and West Showground with Oakwrights unique oak frame stand, a prominent centrepiece.
Events and dates for your diary including complimentary ticket vouchers
Put these dates in your diary for the Christmas holidays and the shows forecasted for next year.
A trip to Scotland to tackle Ben Nevis’ great Observatory Ridge - a climb coveted by many a climber and for good reason!