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Castle Ring Garden Room

We had some fun during the first lockdown putting up a small frame in the garden. Well, we finally finished it with rough sawn douglas fir boards – some vertical, some horizontal. Hoping to set it up as an alfresco barbecue space.

Project summary

Outdoor cruck-framed shelter


  • 9m2
  • Curvy and interesting space with hips and valleys
  • 2 open sides to access the beautiful views
  • As nice to be in as to look at


  • Workshop – two weeks
  • On site – one day
  • To finish – bloody years!
Apr-28-21 a las 3:45 pm . Comments Off on Castle Ring Garden Room

Stone House Shobdon

For starters it means you can stay in bed a bit longer before setting off in the morning, but one of the main benefits is that the pressure is off when it comes to remembering all the crucial bits and bobs you need for the raising.

Don’t get me wrong, you still need the same bits and bobs, but if you forget something, being able to pop home 5 miles away is a real luxury. Jake forgot his hair gel and moisturiser when we were in Hampshire last, and very upset he was too!

Our latest frame went up in Shobdon a few days ago and comprised a single storey exposed oak frame onto a split level stone plinth, with plenty of glass mixed with insulated cedar clad infill panels.

The raised height stone plinth is to cater for kitchen work surfaces, and at the same time serves to break up the horizontal lines.

Clients Duncan and Lorna have decided to expose the roof trusses, purlins and ridge, opting for softwood rafters with an internal plasterboard finish.

A perfectly still, dry October day was the setting for the raising and as you can see Duncan and Lorna joined in the fun, not only plying us with homemade cake and bacon butties, but also lending a hand with the frame assembly.

Where oak frames are exposed externally as well as internally, careful detailing is crucial to avoid future weatherproofing problems. Strategic grooves are machined into the frame before it is assembled to allow for the insertion of water shedding DPC, along with lead drips on all horizontal members.

It makes for a rather painstaking and fiddly frame raising process, but still, we managed to get the final ridge beam up just before the warm glow of the autumnal sun disappeared over the horizon.

Project Summary


  • 40m2 sunroom extension
  • Designed by local architect
  • Stone plinth, joinery units and infill panels set within the oak frame
  • Clients fully participated in the raising


  • Workshop – two weeks
  • On site – one day
Jun-16-20 a las 1:42 pm . Comments Off on Stone House Shobdon

Stansbatch Sunrooms

Engaging local architect John Williams for design inspiration, and with the help of structural engineer Donald Macintyre, they gained planning permission to radically remodel the existing structure, opening up space on the groundfloor and upstairs, and letting in more light.

We were invited to design and build the two oak framed elements of the project – a single storey sunroom with vaulted roof and a small lean to with exposed oak rafters.

Local builder Merv Arndt took on the project, using John and Lucy as willing labourers. Whilst the frames were being jointed in the workshop, Merv and his team set to work on the groundworks, digging footings and pouring concrete in readiness for the raising.

Both structures were erected over a couple of days. The completion of the catslide lean to was critical for the completion of the main slated roof.

The glazing of the sunroom was undertaken by Merv using a “face applied” direct glazing system, where the glass units are sandwiched to the outside of the oak frame with joinery grade cover boards and specialist gaskets. This allows the green oak frame to settle and move over time without compromising the weatherproofing.

John and Lucy grafted really hard on their project and are now enjoying the fruits of their efforts.

Project Summary


  • Sunroom and lean to
  • Architect designed refurbishment of an old stone cottage
  • Affordable frame to extend the ground floor
  • Simple and attractive frame with face applied direct glazing


  • Workshop – three weeks
  • On site – two days
Jun-16-20 a las 1:41 pm . Comments Off on Stansbatch Sunrooms
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