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May 2017 was when Matt contacted us with a view to providing oak framed elements to his new build family home that was going through the planning process near Newmarket in Suffolk. Despite everything running smoothly and to plan, it has still taken just over a year to be in a position to erect the frames. Building in the UK requires patience and stickability it seems.

We actually finished the oak work just before Christmas and parked the frames until Matt was ready for us.

Castle Ring Oak Frame

In the workshop – the king posts and ridges all assembled complete with bracing.

Castle Ring Oak Frame

Two porch crossframes with jowled posts for the project in the workshop.

Oak framed house

Wallframe – ready for taking apart.

This year’s prolonged cold spells played havoc with the groundworks and caused lengthy delays, but finally we were able to load up and head East for the raising, hoping that a) the frame had not dried out and moved too much in the intervening 5 months, and that b) we could remember how it all fitted together.

Timber Frame transport

Loaded up at Castle Ring Oak Frame

The oak had already been delivered to site earlier in the week and we were able to make a prompt start on Thursday morning with Simon our crane driver from Huntingdon Plant. The oak work consisted of a 2 bay single storey vaulted kitchen/dining room, 2 porches and 3 internal partition wall frames.

Oak frame truss

Gable truss being pegged together to lift in whole.

Frame raising Castle Ring oak

Castle Ring Oak Frame

Lowering the gable truss onto the post tenons

Castle Ring Oak Frame

Slinging the 2nd king post truss

Castle Ring Oak Frame

Flying it over the masonry. We often attach the ridge braces to make life easier later on

Castle Ring Oak Frame

Number 2 ready for landing

Castle Ring Oak Frame

Last one, number 3 with a through tenon at the kingpost/tie beam joint

Oak Framed House Castle Ring

Just the ridge to go

crane timber frame raising

Simon the crane driver from Huntingdon Plant

Castle Ring Oak Frame

Pegging up the ridge

By lunchtime on a perfectly clear and baking hot day, we had finished the roof of the main vaulted structure, which meant we could concentrate on the porches and individual frames in time to send the crane home at 4pm having done all the heavy lifting. Matt had decided to temporarily support the porches on blockwork, with a view to propping them at a future date, and building the brickwork up underneath them – a good way to ensure that the brickwork ends up in the right place!

Friday turned out cooler and damp but we still dodged the rain and so were able to enjoy putting the finishing touches to our work with the pressure off – driving in all the hand made pegs, fixing the ridge and purlins down onto the trusses, and fitting the oak common rafters to the 2 porches.

Castle Ring Oak Frame

Pegging up and fixing down on Friday morning

Oak Porch

Porch rafters fitted

Oak framed extension

Main structure with side porch

Oak porch

The smaller of the 2 porches

oak framed extension

One of the internal frames

So no, the frame hadn’t moved, and we didn’t forget how it went together. Good luck to Matt as he oversees the rest of the build!

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