Isn’t it lovely to be out there doing stuff in the clear spring sunshine and to be able to forget all about Covid life for a few days!
Last Thursday and Friday we rocked up on site just down the road in Weobley, of all places, to raise Paul and Susan’s new oak framed home.
I say Weobley of all places, as Weobley is high up on the list of Herefordshire’s finest black and white villages which showcase centuries of staggering traditional timber framing. Apparently, King Charles I spent a night there in 1645 (possibly to sample the fine Indian takeaway at the Lal Bagh), but then again Charles got around, and spent a night practically everywhere in England. Rumour has it he that was even spotted at Beggars Bush, just down the road from Castle Ring, but it’s late, and I might have just made that up.
Either way, Weobley is well worth a visit, especially to take a closer look at its stunning architecture.
Continuing in the tradition and adding to it, is a strange and wonderful feeling even if the oak framed houses we build nowadays showcase the oak on the inside only. Although half-timbered buildings look great, they tend to be terrible things to keep water-tight and air-tight, and we gave up trying years ago. Our oak frames sit inside an insulated envelope and stay warm and dry. There will be some oak on display externally though – a porch and sunroom – hinting at what’s within.
Paul and Susan’s house project as with many oak frames, was a long time in the making. If memory serves, it took about two years from initial discussions to the point we reached on Friday. But no matter, good things come to those that wait. Paul is project managing the house build and oversaw the groundworks using his building industry experience. Scaffolding was erected and the oak delivered to site ready for the off on Thursday morning.
Raising day nerves never seem to diminish despite the hundreds of frames we have put up over the years, and sometimes it seems an impossible miracle for everything to align. But align they usually do, and align they did again in this case.
Jake, Jack, Sylvan, Rune and Rob worked tirelessly for 2 days in the bright April sunshine, bringing to a culmination two months of carpentry in the workshop. Susan kept us fed and watered, and in the warm evening sunshine on Friday, we were able to step back and admire the fruits of our work.
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.