CHARACTERISTICS OF A TRADITIONAL STYLE OAK BUILDING
The principal characteristic of this style is that the oak is (usually) exposed both internally and externally. This is possible because oak, with its closed cellular structure, is one of the most durable natural materials known to man. It is both naturally resistant to insect and fungal attack and impervious to the weather. It requires virtually no maintenance and is one of the few materials that actually increase in strength with age. Internally the principal walls, floor joists, trusses and roof members can all be visible.
A TRADITIONAL OAK FRAME
One of the great features of an oak frame is the magnificent trusses, and many clients choose to embellish their homes with one of the more spectacular styles of truss in fully vaulted rooms. Between the exposed oak timbers are the render panels or 'encapsulation'. These consist of extremely high thermally efficient foam panels fixed to board and set within the panel timbers. Because these homes are built, as they always were, of green oak, the timbers will shrink across the grain as they season. To counteract this we employ a patented panel system unique to Oakwrights. The panels are then rendered with (preferably) a lime rich render giving the exterior its traditional, quintessentially English character.
Plan drawings can be downloaded and viewed here