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The Right Building Professionals

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There is no denying the route of a house building project is often long and it will have some bumps along the way, we’ve all seen Grand Designs! But, choosing the right professionals who you feel comfortable working with, should offer a rewarding and overall satisfying experience.

ARCHITECT
ArchitectYour architect should be able to take you from your early design ideas, through all the various stages of planning, into fully detailed construction drawings and project administration. It is their job to make sure the building realises your aspirations, is both structurally and aesthetically well designed, safe to build and meets or exceeds all current building regulations. It is certainly beneficial to work with an architect who is already familiar with oak framed buildings, as the fundamental approach will be second nature, but we are also happy to work with your own architect should you already have someone in mind. At Green Oak Carpentry, we supply a full architectural service that you can rely on from start to finish.

OAK FRAMER
Oak FramerAs an Oak framing company, we will use the architect’s plans for the house and develop them into a fully functioning Oak frame design. We draw on hundreds of years of inspiration when designing the frame and adopt tried and tested styles and techniques, for both traditional and contemporary projects. We can offer to create visualisations of the frame within the building before starting, which allow you to see your ideas in 3D, making sure you are happy with the design. These also clearly show what we are providing and what will be required from the other trades. All our carpenters are knowledgeable craftsmen and experienced frame erectors. Have a look at our testimonials and we’d be pleased to show you our portfolio of completed work.

OTHER SUPPLIERS
Direct GlazingIt seems obvious, but when constructing an oak framed building it is important to employ other contractors who understand Oak frames and can work with this construction method. We believe in the importance of open communication between ourselves and clients, to discuss and expand on their ideas and to contribute to a successful project. We strive to produce an Oak frame that not only looks fantastic but also delivers all the necessary structural elements around which your other suppliers will form the rest of the house, making the job of the following on trades as straightforward as possible.

We pride ourselves on our passion, expertise and experience, enabling us to deliver the best customer experience and beautiful Oak structures. If you want more information or to discuss a project, contact us today!

5 Reasons to Build with Oak

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At Green Oak Carpentry, our passion is creating spectacular timber structures. We make whole houses, extensions, conservatories, bridges, pool barns and more besides. We do this all over the country and occasionally further afield in continental Europe. Here are a few reasons why an Oak frame is a great idea.

Oak Frames are Quick!
A lot of attention has been given in construction to offsite manufacture to speed up the building process. Well, guess what? Carpenters have been doing it for over 800 years! As in times gone by, we ‘lay up’ the oak frame accurately on the workshop floor and pre-assemble. Every joint is fitted to ensure it is perfect before leaving our yard. Once on site, the frame is assembled with a crane and a team of carpenters – often in a few days – and the building can then be clad and weathered in quickly.

Oak Frame House Internal | Green Oak CarpentryOak Frames Look Great
A well-built and engineered structure is vital, but we all want the finished product to look great too! Oak is not only a high-quality building material, it also looks luxurious. In the home, the beautiful smooth texture of the wood and wonderful colour variations can be used with modern or traditional décor. Oak brings character, warmth and a cosy feel to any building.

Your Frame will Outlast You!
Unlike the ‘Middle Pig’s’ house, a well designed Oak frame will last for many years. In fact there is no limit on the longevity of Oak on the proviso it lies within the envelope of the building and is protected from the weather. Oak has a durable classification, is very strong and is highly resistant to decay. You will of course need to maintain it but that would be the case with any building.

Timber Structure | Green Oak CarpentrySay ‘YES’ to Eco-Friendly
Timber is the only truly renewable building material and does in fact grow on trees! Young growing trees sequester much more carbon than mature trees, and contrary to popular belief, the more timber we use the greater the forest cover in Europe will be. This is because our timber industry in Europe is world class, and the foresters are planning the planting of trees to meet demand not just for next year, but in the decades to come. Oak frames require no chemical treatments, wood boring beetles will not eat the heart-wood as it is too hard, and the tannins in oak are its own natural defence against decay.

Oak Frame Kitchen | Green Oak CarpentryThe Versatile Cost Effective Material
The versatility of oak is undeniable. Not only is it a trusted material for building frames, it is widely used to make long lasting furniture, flooring and much more. Oak easily combines with other building materials to create the perfect look for your dream home. This versatility means that oak is ideal for a wide range of structures from oak frame houses and pool barns, through to bridges and gridshells. Costs might not be as much as you imagine, and given the speed and ease with which these structures can be finished, we think they represent great value.

What next? Are you considering an oak framed building or structure and need some advice? We would be happy to discuss your project with you and answer any questions you have. Contact us, we are here to help.

Can you fill the gap?

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A carpentry vacancy has arisen in our busy yard near Petersfield; can you fill the gap?

We are looking for an experienced carpenter, ideally with some knowledge of roofing skills, who is willing to learn the traditional art of heavy oak framing. Enthusiastic trainees also considered.

The ideal candidate will be based in our framing yard between Petersfield and Liphook, Hampshire and working on everything from traditional Oak framing to contemporary steel and timber hybrid structures, all with the same attention to detail and high level of craftsmanship, followed by time spent on site to assemble the job. As we undertake work across the whole of the UK from Cornwall to Scotland, this may mean occasional overnight stays for short periods or traveling directly to site. Typically each team of 4 will work on the frame from start to finish, allowing you to experience the full process of fabrication and the sense of achievement when admiring the completed Oak frame.

We are looking for someone with enthusiasm who shares our passion for this real craft. It is interesting and varied – from creating large house frames for individual self-build clients, smaller scale garages, out buildings and barns, to the careful restoration of historic treasures! Please take a look around our website to see for yourself the wide range of projects we have been involved with, many of which are multi-award winning examples of the highest quality structural carpentry.

We value our craftsmen highly and invest in both in-house Oak frame training and external training courses – NVQ, CSCS, PASMA and more. Standard hours are from 07:30 to 16:50, Monday to Friday.
If you think this position would suit you then please get in touch and send your CV to: rosemarie@greenoakcarpentry.co.uk. We look forward to meeting you!

Bethnal Green ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Memorial

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Bethnal Green 'Stairway to Heaven' MemorialThe unveiling of the Bethnal Green Stairway to Heaven Memorial took place on the 17th December 2017. It was a moving occasion with the few survivors of the disaster and the doctor on duty that evening aged 102, still with us for the unveiling.

Bethnal Green was the site of the largest civilian disaster of the second world war and took place on March 3rd 1943. 173 men, women and children were crushed to death in the narrow entrance to the underground station being used as a bomb shelter during an air raid. Sworn to silence the relatives bore their loss without recognition of the horrors that unfolded that evening.

Bethnal Green 'Stairway to Heaven' Memorial
Bethnal Green 'Stairway to Heaven' Memorial

The memorial is the culmination of 11 years work for the Architect Harry Paticus and 6 years (on and off) for the Green Oak Carpentry Company. The ‘Big Box’ was made entirely from Teak (Tectona grandis) sustainably grown in the plantations of Java, finger jointed into long lengths and then glued into 150mm square beams to form the sides and roof. 173 tapered cones were cut in the roof to represent the victims, and the names engraved into the sides with a specially designed type face called ‘Bethnal Green’.

Bethnal Green 'Stairway to Heaven' Memorial
Bethnal Green 'Stairway to Heaven' Memorial

The Green Oak Carpentry Company are proud and delighted to have been involved in helping to bring this project to realisation. A short news report video about the unveiling of the Stairway to Heaven memorial can be viewed here.

The Amber Nectar

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Douglas Fir in yard

The yard has currently taken on a distinctive golden hue and an unmistakable resin smell.

As a company we are very proud to have been involved with numerous framing projects over the years, from the huge to the tiny and all sizes in between, ordinary and obscure, old and new, however every now and again something comes along a little different and it causes a bit of a stir.

We have just taken delivery of around 22 tonnes of planed Douglas Fir glowing in all its orangey glory, particularly when contrasted with the pale straw colour of the Oak, and this combined with the delightful resinous waft of Christmas trees is something worth writing a few notes about. A different material needs a different approach and careful consideration for all aspects of its fabrication.

The timber was supplied by East Brothers in Salisbury and is destined to form the structural frame for a new farm shop development in Blandford, Dorset. It won’t be in the yard for long as programme is tight and we are cracking on but for now we can bask in the amber glow, especially with the beautiful summer sunsets. Further news and photos of this interesting project will be published shortly.

Welcome to our new website

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Welcome to our new website which has now been live for over a month and is attracting a lot of interest. We hope you agree it is a great improvement on the old site and significantly improves usability. We have also added a lot of new content and editorial.

There are new projects added to most of our galleries. Under the DOMESTIC projects tab on the homepage we have two new Conservation Projects:-

Also look at the PUBLIC projects tab where we have two new Bridge Structures:-

Also for Educational Projects we have:-

And finally check out Our Architects – a new page dedicated to our growing list of in house Architectural Projects.

We want the Website to be used as a Design Resource and will be adding more content to the Design Resources section under ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS tab on the Homepage bar.

More projects will be added later this year, and will include the Weald and Downland Museum’s new Gateway Building, a restaurant in Wareham, a school building near Bagshott and a cabin by a lake in the Cotswolds.

Grindstone Mill Boathouse frame assembly completed

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The Green Oak Carpentry Company has just completed this frame assembly at Grindstone Mill in Gloucestershire.

Situated in the beautiful Cotswolds near Alderley this boat house will create a fun ‘camping out’ space and area for al fresco eating for the family.

Grindstone MillThe Green Oak Carpentry Company completed both the Oak frame and the soft wood cut and pitch leaving site ready for the roofer to commence putting on the Cedar Shingle roof.

The 3D model below is a normal part of the design process for most Green Oak Carpentry frames enabling the client to see at a glance the style and scope of structure being supplied.

The whole frame sits onto a steel structure set onto piled footing in the mill pond. By setting the footing well back from the perimeter of the building the structure will when complete, appear to float over the water.

The deck on the waters edge has a St Andrew’s cross balustrade all fully jointed into the structure as part of our scope of works.

Grindstone Mill visualisationIn this case steel work is galvanised and painted black for a more traditional appearance.

The elevations will be clad in fresh sawn oak weatherboarding and when all is complete we will bring you pictures of the finished building.

Mediaeval Crown Post Roofs

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Crown Post roofs are among some of the most beautiful historic structures and are truly mediaeval.

Their use became common in England from the late 13th Century onward although common in Europe dating from the 11th Century.

Illustration of roof of hall of Abbey Grange, c.1310

Due to improvement in the performance and roofs with side purlins along with other developments their use was phased out during the latter part of the 15th Century.

One of our recently completed buildings.The use of crown post trusses was generally in better class buildings such as open halls and church roofs.

Often the tie beams of crown post roofs were heavily cranked and tapered, a device which is both decorative and structural as the tie beam is deeper in section in the centre portion of the beam where bending forces are greater.

The crown post does not extend to the ridge of the roof and supports the crown purlin, a longitudinal member running the full length of the roof which, in turn, supports the collars of the rafter couples, as illustrated in the picture (right) of one of our recently completed buildings.

Open hall house showing elaborately carved capitals.Often crown posts were heavily moulded or decorated with elaborately carved capitals, which in an open hall house such as that illustrated below, would have been very much on show demonstrating the wealth and status of the owner.

We often carve or work mouldings onto the crown post to reflect some of the historic devices used for embellishment. Either by cutting the central section of the crown post octagonally and working large lambs tongue chamfers, or by carving the central section cruciform and working broach stops where the section returns to square.

Whatever device is used the opportunity for embellishments are many and difficult for the carpenter to resist!

Chithurst MonasteryThis frame made for the Buddhist community at Chithurst near Midhurst is an aisled barn with crown post trusses.

Given that this particular Buddhist order finds its origins in the forests of Thailand, and this truss being most redolent of the forest with its arrangement of curved braces rising high into the roof, it seems the most appropriate choice of structure.

Here we are prefabricating a trussed roof for a large dwelling near Henley on Thames.

Chithurst MonasteryThe common rafters with their collars have yet to be fabricated and trial fitted.

It is a lot of carpentry hence these roofs are certainly not the cheapest form available but certainly among the most beautiful.

Croome Chinese Bridge

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The Green Oak Carpentry Company are delighted to have been commissioned by the National Trust to re-build the original William Halfpenny Chinese Bridge built for the 6th Earl of Coventry in 1751.

CroomeShortly after completion the house and garden underwent further extensive construction works by ‘Capability’ Brown and Robert Adam.

The bridge can just be seen bottom left in this painting by Richard Wilson in 1758.

Croome Court was the family seat of the Coventry family from the mid 17th century until 1949. Croome passed into National Trust management in 1996 and has since that time undergone extensive renovation, still in progress to the present day. The drawing below shows Halfpenny’s original design for the bridge.

In the mid seventeenth century ‘Chinoiserie’ was at the height of its popularity, vying with ‘Gothic Revival’ for ascendancy.

Reconstruction of the bridge is well underway with completed and signed off drawings. Carpentry will commence in March 2015 and it is anticipated that the new structure will be open to the public in June 2015.

Greenheart is being used for the pylons which stand in the moat, hence durability is critical. Greenheart is traditionally used for sea wall defences and groins where toughness and durability are important.

The remainder of the structure is prime fresh sawn oak, all jointed with draw-bored mortice and tenon joints.

The whole bridge structure will be painted in a traditional oil bound distemper to match the original. See below our 3D model of the bridge.

The Green Oak Carpentry Company wins Gold for the third time!

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The Green Oak Carpentry Company is proud to announce that it has won Gold for the third time, at The Wood Awards 2011.

The Wood AwardsThe award was presented at The Ricoh Centre in Coventry in front of the judging panel provided by The Master of The Worshipful Company of Carpenters.

The Green Oak Carpentry Company was delighted that its project: Windmill Hill, part of The Rothschild Foundation, won its category and then went on to win overall Gold. (More information about The Wood Awards can be found at www.woodawards.com).

The design is a modern reinterpretation of a barn structure, the structural frame being a timber diagrid formed from European oak laminated beams.