At the Oakwrights Country Buildings monthly meeting in November, it was agreed to implement changes to details and specification to the habitable areas of our buildings.
The first stage was to draw up these changes for discussion.
The second stage was to be a site meeting with all office and site personnel to discuss the drawings in relation to how the details actually worked on site and agree any changes that may be required.
The third stage will be the issue to the Oakwrights Country Buildings team of finalised drawings and specifications.
For stage two of the proceedings it was decided that we would take a day out and visit some of our ongoing projects.
First stop of the day was a site we have running just outside Wantage in Oxfordshire.
Going through the drawings and details adopted on this building, the meeting proved very successful, with all the team agreeing on the way forward.
We hope that it might be helpful to share a few notes and images regarding this particular building – to let you get an idea of what we are achieving for our clients:
At the time of our visit the oak had been erected, together with the majority of the softwood.
The building is “L” shaped in plan, the main leg being garaging on the ground floor with a room over for living space. The short leg was partly single storey to habitable specifications, with the remainder as per the main leg. To take advantage of the extensive views, the clients decided to have a large balcony off the first floor overlooking the open farmland.
In addition to the oak and softwood we have been contracted to supply and erect larch weatherboarding, garage doors, personnel doors, windows and clay roofing tiles.
The main leg of the building showing the oak and most of the softwood in position. The large gap between the rafters will accommodate a dormer window.
View of the single storey section showing the feature oak frame.
The oak balcony and the view beyond.
Connection details between the main frame and balcony.
These two photographs show the studwork taking shape to the garage and habitable area.
It was now lunchtime and with 30 miles to the next site visit we decided to to stop off at The Star Inn, Woodstock for a leisurely lunch and discussion on the day so far.
Our second port of call for the day was another site in Oxfordshire, in the village of Chadlington. This building was more advanced which gave us a second chance to look at some of the details discussed at the first site. From this visit it was agreed to make some slight improvements to issues discussed earlier in the day
Again, just a few explanatory notes about this project:
This building was erected on a confined site with buildings both sides, garden to the rear and main road to the front.
The ground floor contained garages to the front with a storage area to the rear. The first floor was to be constructed as a living area. To the rear was an external staircase and balcony giving access to the first floor area.
These two photographs show the light and roomy first floor area. Note the feature truss.
Front of the building from the road. Note the stepped cladding on the right side between the ground floor and habitable first floor.
Close up of the step in the cladding. Note the high quality finish.
The staircase and balcony to the rear of the building.
Note the feature truss and delicate spindle’s to the balcony in contrast to the robust construction of the staircase.
From the start of 2014, myself and the rest of the team will be updating our very own blog twice a month – so please do keep an eye on the Oakwrights County Buildings website for all things, from new products available to shows we will be visiting during the summer months and related topics we think will be of interest. It promises to be an interesting year – first up in January will be news from the team Manager, Marek Hallmann! Until then we wish you a Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!