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THE OAKWRIGHTS BLOG

ALL THE LATEST NEWS FROM OAKWRIGHTS, THE UK'S LEADING OAK HOME DESIGN AND BUILD COMPANY

Happy New Year 2014
14th January 2014 / posted by 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.
On location - Four photo shoots in four days
31st July 2013 / posted by 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.
A Berkshire House Warming
7th September 2012 / posted by TimCrump
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
24th August 2012 / posted by 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.
Simon & Vicky Parker Open Day
1st June 2012 / posted by 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.
A House Party in Full Swing - Spring Open Day April 2012
24th April 2012 / posted by TimCrump
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.
Best Of Both Continued...
21st February 2012 / posted by 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.
A Happy New Year from the Oakwrights Team
12th January 2012 / posted by TimCrump
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.
Supporting The Community
13th October 2011 / posted by 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.
Oakwrights Ride for Charity
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.
Evening Sky
16th September 2011 / posted by 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
Open Day in Kent
12th July 2011 / posted by 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!
A Rainy Weekend in Herefordshire
17th June 2011 / posted by TimCrump
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.
The Show is Over
11th April 2011 / posted by 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.
One Day to Showtime
23rd March 2011 / posted by 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.
It'll be Alright on the Night
21st March 2011 / posted by 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.
The Show Begins
18th March 2011 / posted by 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.
Oak Frame Resource
8th March 2011 / posted by 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 Designers.
Garden Gazebo
8th March 2011 / posted by TimCrump
Garden Gazebo
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
4th March 2011 / posted by TimCrump
Show Frame For Sale
Show Frame For Sale - Your chance to gain a bargain for your self-build
Energy efficient home at the Homebuilding and Renovating show
4th March 2011 / posted by 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.
Homebuilding & Renovating - April Case Study
23rd February 2011 / posted by 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.
Country Buildings Day Out
8th February 2011 / posted by 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.
We're Glad You Like It
18th January 2011 / posted by 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!
Oak Frame for Allied Special Forces -
10th January 2011 / posted by TimCrump
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
17th December 2010 / posted by 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.
Final Open Day of the Year
6th December 2010 / posted by 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
Our Second Photoshoot Raffle Winners
26th November 2010 / posted by 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 First Photoshoot Raffle Winners
17th November 2010 / posted by 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.
Five Star Award from Visit England
2nd November 2010 / posted by 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
New England Style Oak Frame
27th October 2010 / posted by 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.
Our Next Open Day in Kent
19th October 2010 / posted by TimCrump
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
8th October 2010 / posted by 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.
Tim Catches Up With Some Past Clients
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.
Show Home Open Day
3rd August 2010 / posted by 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 on our doorstep has never before opened at the weekend.
Sussex Sun
23rd July 2010 / posted by 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.
Recipe for Success. Spot on with Oakwrights and Emma Bridgewater
16th July 2010 / posted by 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.
Martin and Tracey Cox
28th June 2010 / posted by 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.
Water Water
25th June 2010 / posted by TimCrump
Water Water
Photoshoot at an oakwrights contemporary oak framed house on a beautiful summers day.
Tim On Site In Ely
14th June 2010 / posted by 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.
Tim On Site In Hertfordshire - 2010 - Video Diary
3rd June 2010 / posted by TimCrump
Tim On Site In Hertfordshire - 2010 - Video Diary
Tim Crump on-site with Roland, filming an oak frame being constructed
This Week In High Town Hereford - 'Ideas May Blossom'
19th May 2010 / posted by 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.
Tim On Site In Hertfordshire - May 2010
17th May 2010 / posted by TimCrump
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
16th April 2010 / posted by 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.
2010 NEC Homebuilding & Renovating Show
23rd March 2010 / posted by TimCrump
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
Dates for your diary
15th December 2009 / posted by TimCrump
Dates for your diary
Events and dates for your diary including complimentary ticket vouchers

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