- 350m2 new roof structure to restore an old dairy barn
- 13 trusses with complicated corner cruciform truss
- Detailed site survey
- Design, manufacture and installation
- Workshop – six weeks
- On site – two days
We carried out a survey of the wreckage and came up with frame drawings and some 3d modelling to present to the clients with various truss options.
It would have been nice if the two wings of the barn had been at right angles, but sadly (for our sakes) they happened to be 91.7degrees, which ensured some complicated joinery at the corner!
After six weeks or so in the workshop, we finally booked the crane and packed off the frame on a lorry to the site.
The centrepiece of the whole frame is the cruciform truss configuration which makes up the corner, and for many reasons, it made sense to assemble the whole thing so we could drop it into place in one go.
Before installing this weird looking alien spaceship, we had to scribe and fit the dragon tie and dragon beam to the outside corner of the barn. You’ll have to believe me when I tell you the whole flying object docked perfectly into place first time.
Day two on site was spent assembling and fitting the remaining nine trusses, purlins and ridges. Our work was done, but really only just beginning for Andrew and Julie
They provided the engineered drawings to Castle Ring and the trusses were made and delivered (assembled at the request of the developer) within 3 weeks.
With a growing family they needed more space but didn’t want to move. We thought we could help and estimated the work on the spot. As it turned out, the estimated cost turned out to be the full quote price and within a week we had been appointed to design, manufacture and install the frame.
The major hurdle to overcome was that Ian and Cherie wanted to remain living in their house while the oak framed roof was being installed! It was hard to imagine how this could possibly work, but we trusted Ian’s rationale and set to work on the frame in the workshop.
As we neared the end of the fabrication process, Ian had to remove the roof, build up the gables in blockwork and guarantee a good two weeks of clear, dry weather. Not so easy in October!
As luck would have it, something happened in the firmament and the stars aligned. The roof was peeled open, we raised the oak frame, and Ian was able to felt and batten the rafters all without a single drop of rain falling.
Looking down through the frame at a fully laden breakfast table was something we will never forget.
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.