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OAK FRAME DESIGN

THE HEART OF AN OAKWRIGHTS HOME IS THE OAK FRAME ITSELF;
OAK FRAME DESIGNS THAT WORK PRACTICALLY AND AESTHETICALLY

 

Creating a distinctive oak frame house begins with an exceptional design; a design that will work effectively, both practically and aesthetically, to gain premium visual impact for your oak frame. Because our reputation depends on creating unique houses, we employ exceptional oak frame architectural designers who have the ability to deliver a matchless service.

THE OAK FRAMING PROCESS

 

At the heart of the frame making process are the frame designers who not only design the 'look' of the oak frame, but also the numerous joints that hold the structure together. Because of the nature of how we work, oak frame design is as much a part of the production method as the actual fabrication itself.


Therefore, each frame designer must have a thorough understanding of the specialist software on which the frame is designed and also have extensive knowledge of oak framing. Addressing the equally important issues of structural integrity and aesthetic appeal is paramount to the success of the eventual design. That is why all our trainees go through a thorough induction in both the workshop and on-site.

 

 

GREEN OAK

 

Oakwrights choose only the highest quality, sustainable green oak for our projects. Green Oak has been felled within 18 months and still contains a large percentage of water - this is opposed to dried-oak which has been naturally or forcefully dried. Green Oak is far better to work and over time, ages with the building to produce a beautiful, unique character. In addition, green oak shrinks across the grain as it dries out over time. All Oakwrights designers take this shrinkage into account, creating joints, pegs and holes accordingly - over the months and years, the shrinkage pulls the joints even tighter and strengthens the frame. So, you can be rest assured, your oak frame home will become better with age - both structurally and aesthetically. 

OUR OAK FRAME DESIGNS WILL WORK BOTH PRACTICALLY AND AESTHETICALLY

THE OAK FRAME DESIGNER

 

In the majority of projects the frame designer will become the 'steward' of the project. Their in-depth knowledge of the frame is valuable in both the fabrication and the erection processes and the designer may well help guide its progress through the workshop and go on site with the frame to assist in its erection. All our new frame designers are carefully mentored in our design 'crèche' by an experienced senior designer and an ongoing programme of assessment and improvement is imbedded in the department's culture.


When a contract has been signed a frame designer will be allocated to the project. They will be given a thorough brief from the sales person. It is important that all parties are clear at this stage as to what is expected in the frame design. Mistakes or omissions caused by misunderstandings can cause delays, sometimes at a cost to one or all parties. That is why we communicate at the beginning of the design stage with the client to ascertain whether anything has changed since the signing of the contract.

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CONTEMPORARY TIMBER ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

TIMBER FRAME BUILDING ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN TIMESCALES

 

Throughout the design stage the frame designer will keep in contact, asking questions where necessary to clarify design issues. As the design progresses the principal issues of sizes, loading, spans and jointing will be addressed. Depending on the size and complexity of the structure, this process may take on average between a week and a month, although in some extreme cases it may take a little longer.


Once the designs are finished, copies of the design are sent to the client to be 'signed off'. We encourage the client to visit our offices for the designer to fly them through their frame. Any amendments required can then quickly be talked through. Once we have received signed off copies of the frame it will be jointed by the designer and then passed on for checking by another designer.

 

FROM TIMBER FRAME DESIGN TO THE MILL


When finally satisfied the drawings are sent to an independent indemnified engineer who undertakes the structural calculations. A copy of these calculations and approval will be passed on to the client and these are needed for building control. The designer will then swiftly convert the design frame drawings into machine files and compile a set of fully dimensioned fabrication drawings for the workshop. At the same time a timber-cutting list is produced and sent to the mill.

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