OAK FRAMED HOUSES

Traditional and modern timber and Douglas Fir framed houses. We handcraft all structures in our Bristol workshop for projects nationwide.

Complete house-drive 1
Complete house 1
Birmingham show bombie-001
Birmingham show bombie-002
Bespoke hardwood door.
Birmingham show bombie-003
Nick-rachelhouse-002
Nick-rachelhouse-001
Hardwood fact holder in nature reserve
Timber structure details 006
Timber structure details 008
Timber structure details 015
Timber structure details 005
Timber structure details 007
Timber structure details 004
Roof completion 001
Roof structure details 002
House building site exterior view 002
Roof structure details 003
House building site exterior view 001
House building site exterior view 003
Alan John excave 1
Alan John excave 2
House building site 003
Roof structure details 001
Roof stucture interior view
Roof structure close up view
House building site view
Roof completion 002
Complete roof
Cellestine complete 2019
House building site 001
Timber structure details 014
Timber structure details 012
Timber structure details 010
website-1
Timber structure details 011
Timber structure details 001
Timber structure details 002
Timber structure details 003
Timber structure details 013
House building site 002
website-7
website-3
Timber structure details 009

OUTBUILDINGS

Designed and hand crafted in our workshop in Bristol, our oak framed outbuildings are made to your exact measurements.

Oak framed barn
Oak frame of new outbuilding
geraint-136
geraint-141
geraint-144
geraint-128
barn-055
geraint-108
geraint-079
lampley-barn-raftviewcolourcrop
lb-shadow-cropped
shed-exterior-5a
Shed timber structure 002
Shed timber structure 001
Shed timber structure 003
Shed timber structure roof detail 001
Shed timber structure interior 001
Barn building site 007
Barn building site 007 (2)
Barn complete 001
Barn building site interior 002
Barn building site 006
Barn building site 005
Barn building site 003
Barn building site 001
Barn building site 002
Barn building structure 001
Shed new build 002
Shed new build 003
Shed new build 006
Shed new build 007
Shed new build interior 001
Shed new build 004
Barn complete exterior 002
scatframe
Barn complete exterior 001
Barn complete exterior 003
Barn building site interior 001
Shed new build 001
 

OAK BALCONY

The below balcony we designed and handcrafted came with extra living space and porch entrance underneath as a single story flat roofed extension. The canted section allows cars to turn and manoeuvre close to the structure.

Front view of oak structure balcony
Side view of oak structure balcony
Close up of oak structure balcony
Oak structure balcony with glass panels
Oak structure balcony with decked flooring
Oak structure balcony crafted by Bristol Oak Craft
 

CONVERSIONS

The first project below was a modern semi-detached house converted from two to six bedrooms in 2012 using Douglas Fir. This project was based on a very low budget and maximised the potential space available. The original design had completely wasted the area above the eve and a huge loft space in the steep pitched roof was also completely overlooked in the original design. We squeezed another story into the roof space by lowering the 2nd story ceilings 120mm. The client was very pleased and the interior shots recently taken show the tremendous achievement he made as his own 2nd fix joiner and decorator. 

 

The second conversion shown is also a renovation, repair and upgrade project managed by the owner and self-builder.

Residential semi-detached property before conversion
Scaffolding around property ahead of conversion
Timber structural frame and plans on laptop for house converison
Timber frame for house conversion
Douglas fir structural frame erected for property conversion
Structural frame erected for property extension
Structural frame on second floor of property
Property conversion Douglas fir structural frame
Property conversion timber frame
Side view of timber frame for building
Timber roof frame
Timber roof frame with skylight window space
Timber framed roof erected by Bristol Oak Craft
Semi-detached house with second floor side extension
Extending timber outbuilding
Extending timber outbuilding with structural timber frame
Upgrade of outbuilding with timber frame extension
Timber structural framed extension in progress
 

DECKING

The first deck shows local untreated Larch, installed 20 years ago, then replaced with oak in 2019. We estimate at least 30 years life in this latest oak decking replacement.

 

The last pictures show a deck built also using local Larch. This was for a 'Badger Viewing Deck' near a wildlife reserve, commissioned by a local wildlife trust.

Raised local untreated larch decking area before restoration
Raised local untreated larch deck with steps
Local untreated Larch deck
Oak decking and steps to door
Restored oak raised deck and steps to house
Oak raised deck and balcony
Raised oak viewing platform
Oak viewing platform for wildlife reserve
 

DELIVERY AND ERECTION

We deliver and erect oak frames and structures using various lifting aids including a genie hoist. We design the scaffolding with contractors to ensure its usefulness throughout the build. The main hazards are in parts of the scaffolding either getting in the way or failing to give safe access where erectors and other trades people need to get to. Some smaller frames however can be delivered by van or pickup, whereas larger frames need a heavy lorry. We have a lot of experience of solving difficult access situations, including missing dangerous electricity and telephone cables.

Plant machinery lifting oak beams onto work site
Worksite with scaffolding and timber beams delivered
Erecting oak structure for new property build
Offloading timber beams from Land Rover
Oak beams on Land Rover ready for delivery
Oak beams on Land Rover and trailer
Oak and timber beams ready to be delivered
Plant machinery lifting oak beams into place for structure
Grabber lorry offloading timber and oak beams
Offloading oak beams
Timber arch of building structure being erected
Constructing and erecting site
Access equipment driving to site
Cherry picker crane lifting beams onto scaffolding
Aerial view of scaffolding and timber beams for property extension
Erecting oak frame onto foundations
Constructing and erecting timber framed structure.jpg
Cherry pricker crane lifting oak structure into place.jpg
 

OAK EXTENSIONS

These are a few examples of Oak framing at its simplest. Glazing systems have been developed which work well with Oak and Douglas Fir mortise and tenon framing. See 'Glazing' in the portfolio further down.

Oak framed side extension.jpg
Oak frame extension after erection.jpg
Front view of oak frame extension.jpg
Oak frame extension summer house.jpg
Oak structure for extension.jpg
Roof truss close up.jpg
Timber side extension on farm house.jpg
Timber side extension on farm house 2.jpg
Frame of side extension on farm house.jpg
Oak frame for extension of thatched roof property.jpg
Oak framed extension with glazing.jpg
Oak frame for extension of thatched roof property 2.jpg
Front view of oak frame for extension.jpg
Bristol Oak Craft erecting oak frame for extension.jpg
Bristol Oak Craft erecting oak frame for extension 2
Shaded view of oak frame and scaffolding on extension project.jpg
Oak frame extension with full height glazing.jpg
Oak framed farm house extension with glazing.jpg
Oak frame side view
Inside view of oak frame extension.jpg
Oak frame extension.jpg
Oak frame close up view
Oak extension with flat roof.jpg
Oak extension with flat roof and full height glazing.jpg
Oak frame structure for extension.jpg
Oak frame structure for extension side viewjpg.jpg
Close up of oak frame.jpg
Oak frame being erected for property extension.jpg
Stone and oak frame extension with glass roof.jpg
Timber fram eorangery extension.jpg
Timber frame orangery.jpg
 

OAK FURNITURE

We can also supply furniture and joinery products from various workshops and makers using traditional techniques. These are compatible with the range of materials and tools needed for heavy structural carpentry. The following pictures are from our own archive when we ran furniture shops using local timber from our own sawmill.

chair
chair-assembly
matt workshops
bench
Timber bench
bench side details
table
table2
furniture set
burnbush-table
cedar-table
Bespoke handcrafted timber table and bench
fairbridge-craft-products
table-detail
woodhouse-paulpolelathe
 

GARAGES

Another example of Douglas Fir for practical and inexpensive solutions. The garage doors were made by us. They are in graded dry oak with bespoke hinges. 

Douglas Fir large garage.jpg
Douglas Fir large garage assembly
Framed of new large garage
Garage frame side view
Garage frame build 2
Garage frame front view
Garage frame build
Garage frame
Garage frame close up
Garage frame close up 2
Garage frame details
The garage doors
 

GENIE HOIST

Working on projects in Bristol and nationwide

Genie hoists - an essential aid to assembling frames. Available on hire nearly everywhere.

Genie hoist 2
Genie hoist
Builders using genie hoist
Builders using genie hoist 2
Timber frame 1
Genie hoist 1
Various use of genie hoist
Various use of genie hoist 2
Various use of genie hoist 3
 

GLAZING

Using either separate sub frames into rebates or 'face glazing' with oak cover boards. We ensure our Structural Oak Frames have selected timbers throughout the entire structure. Where glazing may be affected we select matched sawn sections, partially or completely dry to ensure minimum shrinkage and movement on the glazed sections. We organise the design and procurement of matched quarter sawn Oak Cover Boards, sometimes selecting the boards at source to ensure the very best long term watertight glazing without shrinkage or cracks.

Glazed extension close up
Timber frame close up 3
Timber close up 3
Oak frame close up interior 1
Glazed extension door frame
Glazed extension
Timber frame close up 1
Timber frame close up 2
Oak framed structure with glazing
Glazed oak frame 1
Glazed conservatory interior
Side view of oak structure balcony
Timer frame parts
Timber frame 2
Timber frame 4
Timber frame 3
Timber frame 1
Glazed timber structure 2
Glazed timber structure 1
Oak glazed structure 2
Oak glazed structure 1
Glazed oak structure windows 1
Glazed oak structure windows 2
Oak structure drain pipe
Oak extension with flat roof and full height glazing
Oak extension with flat roof
Glazed timber conservatory 1
 

HAULAGE

Haulage is a major factor in our off site production. We have 20 years' experience ensuring frames get delivered to site, on time and safely. We also have experience in exporting structural frames abroad.

Loading timber beams onto lorry
Offloading timber beams from HGV
Timber beams
Offloading timber beams 2
Offloading timber beams off the truck
Offloading beams from red lorry
Offloading beams
Loaded vehicle delivery
Loaded vehicle 2
Piled timber beams
Piled timber beams 1
Piled timber beams 2
Timber beams on loaded vehicle
Extending timber outbuilding
extending timber outbuilding with structural timber frame
Loaded vehicle 1
Offloading timber beams 1
Loading vehicle with timber beams 1
Loading vehicle with timber beams 2
Loading vehicle
Loaded vehicle on the move
 
 

INTERIORS

These photos show past and recent interiors of several glazed conservatory style oak extensions, the 2012 Conversion from two to six bedroom house, a three bay Douglas Fir Barn and an Oak Framed Kitchen Extension.

Interior timber structure 001
Interior timber structure 002
Interior wood structure 001
Interiors of oak framed conservatory style extension
Interior window timber frames 001
Interiors of oak framed extension
Glazed timber structure 2
Glazed timber structure 1
Interior wood structure 002
Oak glazed structure 1
Oak framed extension with glass roof
Interior dining room
samfordpevshow100409-027turnedcrop
samfordpevshow100409-029
Interior timber structure 003
Interior timber structure 004
Interior timber structure 005
Interior wood timber frames 002
Interior wood elements
Interior wood timber frames 001
Interior wood timber elements 001
Interior wood timber elements 002
Bank bed interior
Interiors of oak barn extension
Conservatory interior 001
Interior wood timber elements 003
Glazed timber conservatory 1
Interior wood timber kitchen
Oak extension with flat roof
 

JOINTS

At Bristol Oak Craft we can source and supply many different bespoke products using local British and European hardwoods. In particular we can make and supply work tops, bespoke brace and ledger doors, window sills, oak cover boards for glazing etc. We also do heavy structural steps and stairs; see 'Steps & Stairs'. We ensure steps and stair design will actually work when and where needed in oak frames for houses. We can also design, source and supply/fit bespoke flitch plates and hinges.

Joint oak window frame 001
Joint oak window frame 002
Joint oak frame 001
Joint oak frame detail 001
Joint oak frame close up 007
Joint oak frame close up 008
Joint intersection design 004
Joint intersection design 005
Joint intersection design 006
Oak joints in structural frame
eke-rooferection
Tne ekedragontiehip 001
Joint intersection design 008
Joint intersection design 007
Joint oak frame detail 002
Joint oak frame detail 003
Joint oak frame detail 004
Intersection design 001
Intersection design 002
Intersection design 003
Joint oak frame close up 006
Joint intersection design 002
Joint intersection design 001
Joint oak frame close up 001
Joint oak frame close up 002
Joint oak frame close up 003
Joint intersection design 003
Joint oak frame close up 010
Tools and joint oak frame close up 001
Joint oak frame close up 011
Joint oak frame close up 012
Joint oak frame close up 013
Joint oak frame close up 014
Tools and joint oak frame close up 002
Tools and joint oak frame close up 003
Joint oak frame close up 004
Intersection design 005
Intersection design 004
Joint oak frame close up 009
Tools and joint oak frame close up 004
Tools and joint oak frame close up 005
Joint intersection design 010
Joint oak frame close up 005
Joint intersection design 009
 

WORKSHOP

Timbers are stress graded and assessed prior to laying out and marking up. We use traditional techniques and many traditional tools. We use modern saws and drills to do the cutting. We always measure twice before cutting; then we offer up the major frames to check for fit before loading and delivery.

Crafting a roof truss in our Bristol workshop
Workshop 001
Joint detail 001
Joint detail 002
Joint detail 005
Joint detail 003
Joint detail 004
Workshop 002
Joint detail 007
Joint detail 006
Tools close up 001
Tools close up 002
Tools close up 003
Tools close up 004
Tools close up 014
Tools close up 013
Carpentry tools in our Bristol workshop
Tools close up 012
Tools close up 011
Tools close up 007
Tools close up 010
Tools close up 008
Tools close up 006
Tools close up 005
Tools close up 009
Tools close up 017
Tools close up 016
Tools close up 018
Tools close up 015
Joint close up image
 

OTHER PRODUCTS

Douglas Fir large garage assembly
Hardwood fact holder in nature reserve
Bespoke hardwood door.
tbgaragedoorsetc-035
various060508-127
various060508-124
tbgaragedoorsetc-029
canoe-paulcarving
drums-wall
drums-tall
Greenman oak cutouts
 

PORCHES

Designed and hand crafted in our workshop in Bristol, our oak framed outbuildings are made to your exact measurements.

Porche frame outside view 001
Oak framed front porch
Porche frame outside view 002
Porche frame outside view 003
Porch frame detail
Porche frame workshop 001
Porche frame workshop 002
Porche frame workshop 003
Porche frame workshop 004
Porche outside view 001
 

OAK ROOFS AND ROOF TRUSSES

ball-roof2
julian-clean-trans
Oak roof trusses ready to be erected
Solid oak roof
Roof-new build 001
Roof-new build-extension 001
Roof-new build 002
Roof-new build 003
Milsom-workshop photos 004
Roof-new build 005
Roof-new build 004
Milsom-workshop photos 003
Milsom-workshop photos 006
Milsom-workshop photos 008
Milsom-workshop photos 005
Milsom-workshop photos 002
Milsom-workshop photos 007
Milsom-workshop photos 001
 

RESTORATION AND RENOVATIONS

Restoration of oak framed outbuilding
Restoration details 001
Restoration details 002
Roof restoration 004
Roof restoration 002
Restoration of oak barn
Roof renovation 001
Roof restoration 001
Roof restoration 003

DRAWINGS AND MODELS

We make a series of sketches through three stages to arrive at accurate working drawings for an engineered frame. Below are some examples of first and second estimate sketches enabling that process. You can engage with us for one, two or three of these stages as a separate consultation and design contract. We also take on subcontracts using existing drawings from other designers.

Design sketch of oak framed outbuilding
Sketch of timber framed building
bevanperspectrimed
ekefrontelevat-bwbrightcon
rosslamass17cleanedit
rosslamass15clean-edit2
lampley-wall-i-bw
lampley-crf-2-bw
giffiths3d-bw
griffiths-crossframe
workshop-frame-3d-crossframe-plan
wall-2-28-8-12
House model 001
House model 002
 

SAWMILLING AND TIMBER

With over 20 years' experience of saw milling and selecting/stress grading timbers we try to make sure all frames have the very best timbers in them. Some frames this matters more than others, some parts of the frame more than others. We also design frames to minimise the hazards of wood. All our timber is sustainably sourced.

Cutting large piece of timber
rocks-apr02-ready-edges
woodmizer-setup
mizer-bladechange
sawn-board
woodhouse-chainmill
Logs 001
Chopped wood 001
p240512-16-470002
Loading freshly cut timber to truck
Sawmilling 001
Sawmilling 002
sawn-board 002
Sawmilling 004
 

STEPS AND STAIRS

Whether for your property's interiors or your garden, choose bespoke, hand crafted oak steps and stairs.

Bespoke decorative oak garden step
Solid oak staircase in house
 
logged tiber.jpg

FOR THE DESIGN, PLANNING AND CREATION OF OAK FRAMED STRUCTURES, CONTACT BRISTOL OAK CRAFT.

Hand crafted in our Bristol workshop for projects nationwide.