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Swansea

Swansea, Glamorgan

This would be our third oak frame for this client who clearly had confidence in our ability to meet his oak framing requirements. (We have since completed a fourth!)

Swansea new-build

Swansea, Glamorgan

This would be our third oak frame for this client who clearly had confidence in our ability to meet his oak framing requirements. (We have since completed a fourth!)

This particular project required us to design a low pitched, ridged and hipped oak framed roof structure to an expansive open plan living/kitchen area. The vaulted and open roof would also expose a multitude of common oak rafters providing visual interest and a counterpoint to the contemporary interior. It was a huge and complex frame with all sort of engineering difficulties to overcome, not least how to accommodate the cantilevered glazed “prow” which could not under any circumstances bear any load on the oak frame for structural reasons.

We built and assembled the whole frame in the workshop to minimise time spent on site and travelled south to install the frame. With access to the site compromised by a steep slope, we had to lift all of the 150 timber pieces one by one over the 3 storey house and into position. A time consuming and delicate operation made possible only by the invention of the walkie-talkie as there was no site line with the crane operator.

The completed house is an amazing feat of design and engineering

Project Summary

Brief

  • 250m2 four bed house
  • Self-build of the year 2009
  • Simple design principles but with wow factor
  • Plenty of curvy, organic features with personality and quirkiness
  • Additional porch, balcony and lean to
  • Two storey with living room upstairs to show off the vaulted ceiling

Timings

  • Workshop – three months
  • On site – one day

Do you want a quick quote?
Or to discuss your project?

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.

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