A Perfect Spring Open Day
Friday the 18 May turned out to be a gorgeous sunny day and saw the Oakwrights team at Richard and Pam Pearse’s house in Worcestershire. It was very kind of Richard and Pam to open their house to potential self-builders who are looking for inspiration.
At RHS Chelsea Flower Show, with Oakwrights Sara Edwards
Oakwrights Garden and Landscape Designer, Sara Edwards, hones her skills at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
From Frame Design to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018
Frame Designer, Sara Edwards, has had the opportunity to not only further her career here at Oakwrights but add Landscape Planning as another service we can offer to our clients.
From Estimator to Architectural Assistant
Mariyana’s desire to develop and gain knowledge led to her successfully completing a Postgraduate Certificate in the Built Environment Studies in 2017 and she has also become an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. Read more about Mariyana's journey...
7 steps to owning a Custom Build home.
A further look at custom build and how we aim to simplify our approach for self-builders and future oak home owners.
What is a custom build home and is it right for your self build project?
All you need to know about the Custom Build concept and how Oakwrights can assist you make the step to owning a bespoke custom build timber frame home
19th December 2017 / posted by John
Passivhaus and Oakwrights – the perfect combination for the perfect home
As promised, below we have the second blog in the series featuring expert advice from Andrew Yeats of Ecoarc
8th December 2017 / posted by John
What are the benefits of a PassivHaus?
As part of our celebrations at winning the “Highly Commended” award in the Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating s 2017 (‘Best Passivhaus’ Category) below we have the first in a series of blogs featuring expert advice from Andrew Yates of Ecoarc (Architect of the very first certified oak frame passivhaus in the UK)
1st December 2017 / posted by John
Interview with The Professional Player Magazine
Professional Player magazine’s Anthony Bunn spoke to our very own, Tim Crump
17th November 2017 / posted by John
Our Energy Efficient Insulation Panels
Panels developed by Oakwrights to complement our beautiful oak frames and to give our clients the option for us to encapsulate their new home with a very energy efficient, airtight, breathable wall and roofing system.
8 Things I Have Learned From My Work Experience at Oakwrights
How affordable is an oak framed house?
Let us guide you through the costing elements of a timber house build, there's a host of choices and we can help you control costs throughout a project
Building eco-friendly timber frame houses
In this second in a series of blogs featuring the Woodhouse, we take a look at the mechanical ventilation heat recovery system installed at our show home, something which will be of interest to any discerning self-builder.
As a self-builder, you should experience one of our timber frame houses for yourself
The first in a series of blogs featuring the Woodhouse which looks at the more technical side of what the Oakwrights Show Home has to offer to the visiting Self-Builder wanting to build a timber framed house.
6th September 2017 / posted by John
Oakwrights, The Self-Build Oak Frame Home Experts
Why all Timber Framed House Projects Should include Oakwrights, your Oak House Experts
The Oakwrights Academy of High Performance Oak Framing
Applying to become a member of the Oakwrights Team: A collection of thoughts and guidance from Bill Keir (Oakwrights Commercial & Operations Director)
27th July 2017 / posted by John
Oak Frame Commercial Buildings
Look beyond the beautiful oak framed houses that Oakwrights design, and you will discover another side of our portfolio of structures which takes Oak framing into another sector entirely.
An Oak Framed House in Hampshire - A Choice Location
A beautiful home in a beautiful location. A story told from the perspective of Oakwrights 'man in the South West', Anthony Carroll
Oak Framing in the West Midlands – A First Time Adventure
This particular self-build journey began back in 2012 when Richard and Pam Pearse first reached out to Oakwrights. Given that I hadn’t yet made my move from Mallet to Mercedes at this point, I will begin with a little back story.
Passive House – your questions answered
With Oakwrights having now completed the first Oak framed Passive House in the UK, we thought we would focus on this relatively new approach to building and answer some typical questions that many people will have when considering ‘Passiv Haus’ on their self-build journey.
Meeting the demand for self-build in Scotland
With the appetite for self-build continuing to grow in Scotland, Iain Hendry explains how Oakwrights can help you build your dream home.
A Green Oak Home in the Green Belt - Design & Planning
How to achieve planning when you are replacing a property that finds itself in the Green Belt and a Conservation Area
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.
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:
UK’s first Passive House Oak Framed Home Passes Air Pressure Tests
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.
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.
Considered 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!
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.
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.
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...
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
The Carpenters Fellowship Frame Event 2015
Frame, an educational conference, where speakers lecture on many aspects of traditional and contemporary timber framing
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
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
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.
Oakwrights latest Commercial project opens……
Oakwrights commercial portfolio continues to grow with Bath Mill Lodge Retreat opening in August 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
The Warmcel Revolution - From Cuba to Canada via Europe
Warmcel and how oakwrights we are ahead of the game
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Joe's Last Week on Site, But What a Week!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oak Frame Apprenticeship with the Carpenters Fellowship - After hundreds of years away, Day One...
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
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.
22nd December 2011 / posted by 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
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
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
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
27th September 2011 / posted by 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.
11th August 2011 / posted by 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.
3rd August 2011 / posted by 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
16th September 2010 / posted by TimCrump
Tim Catches Up With Some Past Clients
Last week I was down in Devon with Anthony Carroll looking at a new project.
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
Award Winning Self Build Success
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.
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
Tim On Site In Hertfordshire - 2010 - Video Diary
Tim Crump on-site with Roland, filming an oak frame being constructed
20th May 2010 / posted by 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.
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.
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.
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.
6th April 2010 / posted by 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.
1st April 2010 / posted by 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
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
18th March 2010 / posted by Rob
Our First Venture into Time-lapse Photography of our Oak homes
A venture into timelapse photography which really shows what goes into our oak frame construction
26th February 2010 / posted by 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.
20th February 2010 / posted by 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”.
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.
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.
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.
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!