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22nd November 2017 / posted by Dave Black

Frequently asked questions when creating an oak frame extension

What level of service do Oakwrights provide i.e. supply and erect, watertight shell, etc?

 

Oakwrights provide the initial design service, planning advice, Oak Frame design, manufacture and build and all the joinery and roofing. We recommend you employ local builders to do the groundworks and finishing.

 

greenrooms oak extension view

 

What are the benefits of extending in oak?

 

Extending with Oak gives a far greater wow factor when compared to any other build method. Alternative materials allow you to open up your home and make a new space but doing it with oak gives it an added tactile and visual presence, and the contrast against a brick or stone build complements the house overall and gives the property character, ultimately adding value.

 

What do you need to consider when extending in oak?

 

Oak is very versatile but has some limitations in regards to design. For example, span dimensions before you need a post (max span /- 6.5 meters unsupported)and before you start using massive timbers. Therefore if you are looking for a huge span completely open with minimal posts, the design may not suit.

 

Building with oak is a little more expensive but not hugely so,  if budget is the principal driver, then this could be a limitation. Oak is a natural material and even offers of “Dry Oak” will still experience cracking and move slightly - this is not a structural weakness, simply a character feature that something like brick or steel won’t do.

 

greenrooms oak extension detail

 

What would an oak frame extension typically cost and what factors may impact on cost?

 

As a rule of thumb, we indicate a project cost of £2,500 /m2 (Groundworks through to Finishing’s). Factors that would affect cost the most will be the amount of oak used – for example, oak roof rafters over softwood roof rafters.

 

Further information on cost and budget is provided on our Oak Orangery cost page.

 

In addition, the amount and type of glazing in your extension and choice of joinery - clearly, if you choose numerous bifolds or sliding doors then this will add to the cost. Likewise, if a Lantern is required this is more expensive than a tiled roof.

 

an oakwrights greenrooms extension

 

GreenRooms Top Tips

 

To make a timber extension work, it’s vital to identify the faults of the current space and the opportunities for a new zone. Is the kitchen too small, for instance? Do you need a dining space or an additional lounge area? More information will help us create the dream extension. Your intended use of the new room should drive the design – whether you want bifolds leading to an outside eating area, or a sunny spot to read and take in surrounding views.

 

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