Phil and Kay came down to see us at Castle Ring last year and commissioned us to design and build their new oak framed house somewhere up North. Of course we said yes and got to work producing drawings and eventually framing up their 3 bedroom, 2 storey structure in the workshop over a couple of months, while Phil prepared the groundworks for the frame and erected the scaffolding.
Last week, we hit our raising deadline, loaded up an artic with the disassembled frame, packed our toothbrushes and pyjamas, and hit the tarmac on an epic road trip towards the Arctic Circle, or at least that’s what it felt like. For what seemed like days we enjoyed (?) the monotonous monotony of mile after endless mile of M5, M42 and M1 until eventually we ran out of motorway and arrived at our destination somewhere just shy of Durham.
We were so far North that we found ourselves in 24hrs continuous daylight surrounded by stunted tundra vegetation and herds of migrating reindeer being tended by strange looking Teeside folk with funny accents.
Ok, enough of the exaggeration. It was a few miles further than we normally go but it was great to see some more of the world than we normally do and to experience three days of relentless hot weather along with the warmth and generosity of Phil and Kay and the Teeside community.
Bar a bit of a dodgy b & b, which is a blog post in itself, everything went smoothly. We arrived on site at the same time as the articulated lorry, the sun shone, the frame went up in a day and fitted like a glove to Phil’s blockwork, we didn’t leave any bits of oak back in Wales! and most importantly of all Phil and Kay can now gaze upon their beautiful oak frame from the comfort of their caravan in the knowledge that their new house is finally taking shape.
Then Andy, Jake, Dani and I packed up and drove home – downhill all the way.
If you're considering an oak framed building (or larch, or douglas fir), let's talk. We'll gladly put together an outline quote (completely free, with no strings attached). And we need very little information from you to do so.
Equally, we're always here, at the end of the phone, to talk through your ideas.