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THE OAKWRIGHTS BLOG

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

Women in Work
2nd August 2018 / posted by Alice Devereux
Women in Work
Challenging Expectations...
From Paperboy to Frame Designer
26th July 2018 / posted by Alice Devereux
From Paperboy to Frame Designer
I struggled in tests and sitting around listening to the teachers and I was always a lot more practical and hands on. My first clue as to a career path I might enjoy came from an Oak coffee table I made in design and technology and put more effort into than any classroom based work...
The Oakwrights Summer Roadshow
24th July 2018 / posted by Alice Devereux
The Oakwrights Summer Roadshow
With heatwaves, blue skies, and not a cloud in sight, summer in the UK is inarguably in full swing, and so are the fairs, festivals and shows that Oakwrights is exhibiting at. Read on to find out where Oakwrights will be taking their structures first this show season...
Frames Designed to Last, Systems Designed to Preserve
20th July 2018 / posted by Alice Devereux
Frames Designed to Last, Systems Designed to Preserve
Looking ahead to next year, Oakwrights will be celebrating its 20th anniversary; so, ahead of this huge milestone, it seemed only appropriate to look back at the roots of the company, to see some of the innovations and solutions that have built us up (pun intended) to where we are today and reflect upon the progress we have made over these years, as a company that values tradition and innovation in equal stead.
All under one roof
17th July 2018 / posted by Dave Black
All under one roof
Find every type of oak frame structure, from modest home addition to grand country home, all in one place on the Oakwrights refreshed website.
A Perfect Spring Open Day
23rd May 2018 / posted by Alice Devereux
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
17th May 2018 / posted by Gemma Goode
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
27th March 2018 / posted by Gemma Goode
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
27th March 2018 / posted by Gemma Goode
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.
6th March 2018 / posted by Dave Black
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.
How to Store Your Prized Classic Car in an Oak Framed Garage
14th February 2018 / posted by CharlieMills
How to Store Your Prized Classic Car in an Oak Framed Garage
Classic Cars and oak frames share a couple of qualities that make them such great partners; heritage, craftsmanship and elegance. They take you by surprise at first sight and leave you a bit speechless and left in awe.
What is a custom build home and is it right for your self build project?
13th February 2018 / posted by Dave Black
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
Open Days, Happy Days!
15th January 2018 / posted by DavidGrey
Open Days, Happy Days!
A full series of Open Days at client’s homes highlights our service commitment by building a relationship from initial contact through to, and beyond, the full build process
Passivhaus and Oakwrights – the perfect combination for the perfect 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
What are the benefits of a PassivHaus?
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)
FAQ's about Timber Garages
5th December 2017 / posted by John
FAQ's about Timber Garages
Read the most frequently asked questions around our timber framed garage buildings
Interview with The Professional Player Magazine
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
Frequently asked questions when creating an oak frame extension
22nd November 2017 / posted by Dave Black
Frequently asked questions when creating an oak frame extension
4 Frequently Asked Questions and a Couple of Top Tips from Charlie Mills, Manager of GreenRooms Oak Extensions.
Our Energy Efficient Insulation Panels
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
27th October 2017 / posted by Joseph Holder
8 Things I Have Learned From My Work Experience at Oakwrights

Timber Framed House Kits
19th October 2017 / posted by Dave Black
Timber Framed House Kits
Piece together your dream oak home with an oak house kit, a step up from a basic 'flat-pack' house
An Office Room Over Garage Space
12th October 2017 / posted by John
An Office Room Over Garage Space
A tour of the Country Buildings Office in a Gloucester Room Over Garage
Using Oak for garage and outbuilding construction
4th October 2017 / posted by Dave Black
Using Oak for garage and outbuilding construction
Why you should consider using oak as your material of choice when constructing a timber garage or oak outbuilding
How affordable is an oak framed house?
2nd October 2017 / posted by Dave Black
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
29th September 2017 / posted by Dave Black
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
22nd September 2017 / posted by alexharper
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.
Oakwrights HQ: An Oak-framed Sunroom
21st September 2017 / posted by Dave Black
Oakwrights HQ: An Oak-framed Sunroom
In the year 2014, the Oakwrights team decided to begin the necessary expansion of their offices following the growing success and interest in our GreenRooms extensions products.
Country Buildings Oak Garage & Car Port Feature at Goodwood Revival 2017
14th September 2017 / posted by John
Country Buildings Oak Garage & Car Port Feature at Goodwood Revival 2017
Last weekend, the Oakwrights Country Buildings team were lucky enough to return to Goodwood Revival for a second year, after having showed at both Goodwood Classic Car and the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier in the year
Ideas for your Room Above Garage Space
12th September 2017 / posted by Dave Black
Ideas for your Room Above Garage Space
A Room Over Garage creates space that can be used for a variety of leisure activities, the imagination being the only limitation!
Oakwrights, The Self-Build Oak Frame Home Experts
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
Temporary or Permanent Timber Event Structures
17th August 2017 / posted by John
Temporary or Permanent Timber Event Structures
Country Buildings now offer oak framed structures perfect for shows or events
Our Oak Stables Design Guide
11th August 2017 / posted by John
Our Oak Stables Design Guide
Oakwrights Country Buildings Manager Charlie Mills draws on a youthful passion to help guide your decisions
The Oakwrights Academy of High Performance Oak Framing
7th August 2017 / posted by Joseph Holder
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)
The Story of a Stunning Oak conservatory in North Yorkshire
4th August 2017 / posted by Dave Black
The Story of a Stunning Oak conservatory in North Yorkshire
When looking to install a sunroom at his property in North Yorkshire, Paul Bappoo turned to the team at GreenRooms By Oakwrights to assist in the design and construction.
The Realms of Possibility – Garages with options: The Highgrove & The Kenchester
28th July 2017 / posted by Dave Black
The Realms of Possibility – Garages with options: The Highgrove & The Kenchester
An insight into the Oakwrights single storey garages from Zoe Grey, Oakwrights Country Buildings representative (extraordinaire)
Oak Frame Commercial Buildings
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
21st July 2017 / posted by Dave Black
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
Oakwrights Country Buildings - 'Organically Grown' Continued
21st July 2017 / posted by John
Oakwrights Country Buildings - 'Organically Grown' Continued
Following on from last week's blog, read Jeremy's thoughts on completion of his bespoke timber outbuilding.
Oak Framing in the West Midlands – A First Time Adventure
14th July 2017 / posted by Dave Black
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.
Oakwrights Outbuildings – 'Organically Grown'
14th July 2017 / posted by Dave Black
Oakwrights Outbuildings – 'Organically Grown'
Since they were first married, Jeremy and Julie Stobart knew they wanted to self-build one day, and began working towards this dream in 2009. Read more about this outbuilding complex and be inspired to build your own bespoke oak outbuilding.
Oakwrights Country Buildings and Deranged, combine forces at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017
7th July 2017 / posted by Dave Black
Oakwrights Country Buildings and Deranged, combine forces at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017
Last weekend, Country Buildings returned to Goodwood Festival of Speed in a collaboration to showcase the incredible modified vehicles of custom car brand Deranged Vehicles, using our single-storey 3 Bay Highgrove oak garage.
A Country Mile from Your Average Garage
30th June 2017 / posted by Dave Black
A Country Mile from Your Average Garage
Deciding between a garage or a home office? With a room over garage, you can have both!
Passive House – your questions answered
7th June 2017 / posted by Dave Black
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.
Six ways to transform your outdoor space with oak
19th May 2017 / posted by Dave Black
Six ways to transform your outdoor space with oak
Oak framed buildings are ideal for creating a useable outdoor space and adding value to your home.
Meeting the demand for self-build in Scotland
11th May 2017 / posted by Dave Black
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
17th March 2017 / posted by Joseph Holder
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
15th February 2017 / posted by MichaelConnolly
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
13th January 2017 / posted by DavidGrey
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
18th November 2016 / posted by MichaelConnolly
UK’s first Passive House Oak Framed Home Passes Air Pressure Tests

How to change career path - from Starbucks Manager to Oak Framing
30th September 2016 / posted by IzzieSeal
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
20th September 2016 / posted by JamesCardenDare
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?
7th September 2016 / posted by SaraEdwards
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
24th August 2016 / posted by Dave Black
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.
There’s never been a better time to #getoutinthecountry
15th August 2016 / posted by johnpage
There’s never been a better time to #getoutinthecountry
With Oakwrights houses and GreenRooms oak extensions, our focus is clearly on improving our client's home environment and lifestyle. Whilst less obvious, you'll be pleased to know that our approach is no different with Oakwrights Country Buildings.
How to make your GreenRoom ‘greener’
5th August 2016 / posted by Dave Black
How to make your GreenRoom ‘greener’
Natural light is one of the most desirable qualities of any modern home, so making the most of it is often a top priority when extending a property.
Building confidence - Building the ‘Wright Way’
29th July 2016 / posted by johnpage
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.
Get out in the country
22nd July 2016 / posted by daveblack
Get out in the country
There’s no doubt that the British public love the great outdoors. A taste of the countryside, even if it’s just the back garden, is a must for many of us and has added to the growing demand for useable outdoor spaces.
Find out how Oakwrights let your lifestyle take centre stage
15th July 2016 / posted by Dave Black
Find out how Oakwrights let your lifestyle take centre stage
Adding space to existing rooms such as kitchens and dining areas can be incredibly effective, but the options don’t end there. Increasingly, homeowners are planning brand new rooms designed specifically with their lifestyle and families in mind.
Self build opportunities, a chance to double your money
8th July 2016 / posted by johnpage
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 Country Buildings in pole position at the Festival of Speed
1st July 2016 / posted by johnpage
Oakwrights Country Buildings in pole position at the Festival of Speed
Last weekend, Oakwrights Country Buildings was part of Motorsport’s ultimate summer party. Our team headed over to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, held from 23 – 26 June 2016 in the beautiful parkland surrounding Goodwood House.
Oakwrights to set the stage for Countryfile Live 2016
26th June 2016 / posted by Dave Black
Oakwrights to set the stage for Countryfile Live 2016
The Oakwrights 'GreenRooms' team are set to star in BBC Countryfile’s first live show this year, taking place at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire between 4-7 August.
Adding Value To Your Home with an Oakwrights oak frame extension
23rd June 2016 / posted by Dave Black
Adding Value To Your Home with an Oakwrights oak frame extension
Improving your home can not only give you more space, but add value and make it more saleable in the future.
Oakwrights to star at Countryfile Live 2016
17th June 2016 / posted by Dave Black
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
6th June 2016 / posted by AbbyBarrington
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
9th September 2015 / posted by HelenNeedham
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
9th September 2015 / posted by HelenNeedham
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
9th September 2015 / posted by HelenNeedham
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……
1st September 2015 / posted by AntCarroll
Oakwrights latest Commercial project opens……
Oakwrights commercial portfolio continues to grow with Bath Mill Lodge Retreat opening in August 2015
Le Manoir
23rd July 2015 / posted by EleanorHarrison
Le Manoir
The general manager at Oakwrights, Bill Keir and I caught a train to Oxford heading to Le Manoir. The day commenced with a tour of the beautiful gardens where they grow mushrooms, 100% organic vegetables and herbs
A match made on the shooting range
14th July 2015 / posted by CharlieMills
A match made on the shooting range
A few good words from a friend, business connection or a fellow reader of Country Life can lead to many a rewarding project. This is just how the Oakwrights adventure with the Honesberie Shooting School started.
Oh to be in Yorkshire now that summer’s here! (with apologies to Robert Browning)
10th July 2015 / posted by TonyWilliams
Oh to be in Yorkshire now that summer’s here! (with apologies to Robert Browning)
This year we have the honour of appearing at two events in Yorkshire, The Great Yorkshire Show at Harrogate and the CLA Game Fair at Harewood House, near Leeds
Oakwrights at the Hellens Garden Festival 2015
22nd June 2015 / posted by AbbyBarrington
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
Summer Show Season
17th June 2015 / posted by BenKirk
Summer Show Season
The Oakwrights busy summer show season kicks off at Goodwood Festival of Speed on Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th June on the Glorious Goodwood Estate just outside of Chichester.
My life as an OCB designer
30th April 2015 / posted by JoYoung
My life as an OCB designer
You really never know what project is going to land on your desk next atOakwrights Country Buildings.
The Stable Restaurant, Plymouth – Grand Opening
28th April 2015 / posted by CharlieMills
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
2nd April 2015 / posted by AbbyBarrington
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
What Katie did next...
17th February 2015 / posted by KatieArcher
What Katie did next...
After being part of the Oakwrights family for just over a year it was time for some hands-on experience. The team at the workshop really looked after me, taking the time to explain how we produce our beautiful oak frames.
The Proof is in the Panel
29th January 2015 / posted by BillKeir
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
Oak Frame Design FAQs
29th January 2015 / posted by JosephHolder
Oak Frame Design FAQs
A live facebook question and answer session with Oakwrights Architectural Designer, Pete Tonks, and Homebuilding and Renovating
Bank Cottage - A Curious Fusion
21st October 2014 / posted by MartynDavies
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
'It's been a good wee while since I was on site.'
10th October 2014 / posted by JoYoung
'It's been a good wee while since I was on site.'
A very unique Room-over garage being designed by our clients along with our sales manager (Ben Kirk) with feature oak trusses complete with arch collar braces.
An invitation from our 'Man in the North'
3rd July 2014 / posted by TonyWilliams
An invitation from our 'Man in the North'
Two notable firsts in Yorkshire this year - the Grand Départ of ‘Le Tour de France’ and the Great Yorkshire Show hosts Oakwrights
Say hello to our new garage - The Highgrove
23rd June 2014 / posted by BenKirk
Say hello to our new garage - The Highgrove
Our latest garage design, The Highgrove, was launched recently at Goodwood motor circuit in West Sussex. This new garage has been designed to keep up with an ever evolving planning system and in answer to some of our customers requests
What Katie did...
14th May 2014 / posted by KatieArcher
What Katie did...
Katie Archer, the newest member of the Oakwrights Country Buildings team, talks about her early experience.
On-site in St Ives - First Frame for Rookie Designer
22nd April 2014 / posted by SaraEdwards
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
7th March 2014 / posted by JosephHolder
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
The Guardian of the Design Details
5th March 2014 / posted by JoYoung
The Guardian of the Design Details
As a frame designer I need to look after the standard details of which there are many, we try and cover every possible scenario and as a client you will be issued a set of details relating to the type of building you are having.
It Was A Very Good Year
31st January 2014 / posted by MarekHallmann
It Was A Very Good Year
2013 was an amazing year for Oakwrights Country Buildings. We sold and produced more than 100 projects and completed a whole range of buildings from small to bespoke and complex ones
Design Day Out
23rd January 2014 / posted by GeorgeEdwards
Design Day Out
The Oakwrights Design Department visit three past projects in Witney, Stockbridge and Fareham.
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.
The Importance of Regional Styles
6th January 2014 / posted by BenKirk
The Importance of Regional Styles
The fascination of how certain styles and types of oak framing only seem to have been used historically within certain areas, the most well known example of this is the Cruck frame which was widespread throughout what was known as Highland England
Oakwrights Country Buildings Day Out 27th November 2013
12th December 2013 / posted by PhilButler
Oakwrights Country Buildings Day Out 27th November 2013
First stop of the Country buildings day out was a site just outside Wantage in Oxfordshire where we went over the drawings and details adopted on this building
Oakwrights & The Old Livestock Market Development, Hereford City, Herefordshire
5th December 2013 / posted by AntCarroll
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
6th November 2013 / posted by AlexEdey
The Warmcel Revolution - From Cuba to Canada via Europe
Warmcel and how oakwrights we are ahead of the game
Oakwrights in the North Country
23rd September 2013 / posted by PiersButler
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
The Cotswold Walk
13th September 2013 / posted by LeeWilson
The Cotswold Walk
Lee Wilson, Oakwrights Architectural Technician, gives the fourth in a series of recommended walks.
Oak, Smoke & Food
5th September 2013 / posted by AntCarroll
Oak, Smoke & Food
Anthony Carroll looks into the history behind the foods that can be preserved by the process of wood smoke curing and oak aged brewing.
Jake Oakley of Oakwrights visits America to experience the American timber framing scene
23rd August 2013 / posted by JakeOakley
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
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.
Working With The Inspired
10th July 2013 / posted by AntCarroll
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
28th June 2013 / posted by CharlieMills
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.
Working With Waitrose
14th June 2013 / posted by AntCarroll
Working With Waitrose
Oakwrights Sales Team Manager for the South West of England, Anthony Carroll, has recently been involved in discussions with Waitrose, one of the UK’s most forward thinking retailers
Blorenge Walk
6th June 2013 / posted by LeeWilson
Blorenge Walk
Lee Wilson, Oakwrights Architectural Technician, gives the third in a series of recommended walks.
Oakwrights and The Hay Festival – A Wonderful Relationship
31st May 2013 / posted by MichaelConnolly
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
25th April 2013 / posted by MarekHallmann
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
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.
Stiperstones Walk
9th August 2012 / posted by LeeWilson
Stiperstones Walk
The second in a series of recommended walks for the fine people who take the opportunity to visit us at our wonderful Try Before You Buy Show Home in Kenchester, Herefordshire.
Summer Open Day in Hampshire
26th July 2012 / posted by AntCarroll
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
On Site in Hampshire
12th June 2012 / posted by JoYoung
On Site in Hampshire
Jo Young, Oakwrights Frame Designer visited this site in Hampshire to help the site crew erect the frame that she had designed. A television crew were ready and waiting when Jo arrived on site as this project was the subject of a Self Build Story on ‘My Flat Pack Home'
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 Walking Ramble
24th May 2012 / posted by LeeWilson
A Walking Ramble
Offered up by Lee Wilson, Oakwrights Architectural Technician, here starts a series of recommended walks for visitors to our Show Home in Kenchester, Herefordshire.
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.
On Site in the Meon Valley - Fruits of Virtual Labour
17th April 2012 / posted by MartynDavies
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
27th March 2012 / posted by PeteTonks
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...
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.
Oak Frame Apprenticeship with the Carpenters Fellowship - After hundreds of years away, Day One...
7th February 2012 / posted by Ant Sawyer
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
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.
A View from the Design Office
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
6th December 2011 / posted by PeteTonks
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
18th November 2011 / posted by AndyEllis
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)
25th October 2011 / posted by AndrewEnsor
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
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
On Tour with a Miniature Oak Frame
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.
Kim's Big Adventure in Cambridgeshire
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
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.
Joe on site in Bedfordshire
3rd June 2011 / posted by JoeSmart
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.
July Open Day in Kent
18th May 2011 / posted by Jakki
July Open Day in Kent
Sophia’s home is designed around the use and function of each room. Ensuring that the functional spaces like the kitchen and dining area encourage socialising while the relaxing and entertainment spaces embrace the outdoors allowing a seamless flow in and out of the garden.
Tech Feature - Airtightness & MVHR
18th May 2011 / posted by AndrewEnsor
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
18th May 2011 / posted by MarekHallmann
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.
Take One
21st April 2011 / posted by AndrewEnsor
Take One
An early spring morning start, filming on a Hampshire building site. Oak frame houses are the earliest flat pack homes with all components manufactured and constructed in a framing yard
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.
Ed's Latest Build - Post & Beam House in Northern Scotland
15th March 2011 / posted by EdGwyver
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.
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.
Joe on site in Ireland
14th December 2010 / posted by JoeSmart
Joe on site in Ireland
A trip to Ireland and an opportunity to assist with putting up an oak frame with the oakwrights site crew
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.
The Last Away Day (in 2010.... Almost)
26th November 2010 / posted by BillKeir
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
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.
Design department cross-learning, historical research and team building event - August 2010
2nd September 2010 / posted by JoeSmart
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
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.
Ed's Latest Build: Mr & Mrs Bengston's Post and Beam House Outside Harlow in Essex
7th July 2010 / posted by EdGwyver
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
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
Build a Tudor House
21st May 2010 / posted by CharlieLupton
Build a Tudor House
Oakwrights take history into classrooms across the length and breadth of the country. Up to 60 children a day work in collaborative teams to construct the Tudor House
Spring Has Finally Sprung in the Oakwrights Garden
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'
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.
Self Build Product Innovation Awards - Video Presentation
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.
Oakwrights Chapel - Blessed
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
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
Our First Venture into Time-lapse Photography of our Oak homes
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
The New Oakwrights Buildstore Stand
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.
'Blue Barn' at Abington Pigotts - An Oakwrights 'Lightwall' project
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”.
Our Award Winning Panels
9th February 2010 / posted by Rob
Our Award Winning Panels
Oakwrights have been placed first in the Homebuilding & Renovating ‘Self Build Product Innovation Awards 2010’ with Our Type 3i panel system
Let Us Pray......
8th February 2010 / posted by Julian
Let Us Pray......
The chapel at St.Mary’s RC school in Hereford was developed by Oakwrights’ architectural concept designer John Williams, with pupils keen to be involved in the project throughout
Ed's latest project: Sycamore Barns
20th January 2010 / posted by EdGwyver
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
19th January 2010 / posted by EdGwyver
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
15th December 2009 / posted by JamesStarkey
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.
Shiver Me Timbers
15th December 2009 / posted by Jakki
Shiver Me Timbers
Autumn saw the launch of Oakwrights first ever Photo Competition. The competition was open to all past clients who have built with an Oakwrights oak frame.
Last But Not Least...
15th December 2009 / posted by Jakki
Last But Not Least...
There were over 140 stands packed into the Bath and West Showground with Oakwrights unique oak frame stand, a prominent centrepiece.
Dates for your diary
15th December 2009 / posted by TimCrump
Dates for your diary
Events and dates for your diary including complimentary ticket vouchers
Dates for your Diary
15th December 2009 / posted by Jakki
Dates for your Diary
Put these dates in your diary for the Christmas holidays and the shows forecasted for next year.
Brendan's Account of the Mount
15th December 2009 / posted by BrendanBeal
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!

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