It'll be Alright on the Night
On Thursday the show frame erection seemed to be cruising along. I gave Kim, our project manager, a call on Friday afternoon expecting him to tell me that the frame was all up, done and dusted.
Unfortunately not - the crane had broken down and the team had not been able to make a lift at all for the whole day. Not absolutely the end of the world but a hold up we didn’t need when trying to build a full oak frame house in a few days.
The team managed to keep busy and by the end of Friday the crane was repaired. With a hard days work on Saturday the oak frame was erected along with the softwood shell.
Alex visited on Sunday and here are some pictures of progress;
As ever with Oakwrights, a full post & beam oak frame runs throughout the whole house. We believe that it is the oak frame that gives every Oakwrights house its strength, character and is what really creates the wow factor. However if you feel that less is more we can offer this home with an aisled frame which gives less oak and helps with cost.
Here you can see the small oak framed sun room erected with handmade heritage clay tiles on the roof and a triple glazed French door from The Green Building Store. On the show frame we have the sunroom extending from the sitting room but you could choose to use this as a breakfast room extending from the kitchen.
The gable end of the house, showing the oak horizontal weatherboarding on the first floor, and vertical sawn weatherboarding to the ground floor. We chose to use a translucent grey stain on the ground floor to break up the walls and give some colour differential. The sawn oak and softwood weatherboarding gives a weathered and textured feel to the shell which would enable it to blend quickly with its surroundings.
The front gable of the house which incorporates the master bedroom. On the first floor the master bedroom has French doors which would open out onto an oak balcony. This balcony would help to give shading to the sitting room in the summer but still allow warmth to enter the sitting room in the winter with low level sun light.
So as we say it will be “Oakwright” on the night.
We look forward to seeing you at the show.