There are fewer sights nicer in a garden than a properly constructed oak framed building.
Oak has been used as a building material in Britain for millennia; it was initially the Romans that developed techniques regarding timber framing of buildings. This wood become an even more popular material in the Middle Ages.
Oak remained the popular choice for building until the Georgian and Victorian eras, where the ability to work with other materials such as brick and stone saw these become the leading materials of construction. It was actually so common, writer Rudyard Kipling dubbed it “the Sussex weed” in his 1902 poem Sussex.
Since the 1980s, however, a resurgence in the desire for oak framed buildings has become apparent, with people drawn to it due to the material’s longevity, sustainability, and aesthetics.
What’s the reason for the renewed popularity? Well, people noticed that many of the centuries-old timber framed buildings (such as barns) were still standing.
Oak ages it dries, leading the frame to be pulled together as it tightens, which in turn improves its strength. With the structural integrity of the oak in these old buildings clear to see, a trend began to turn them converted into domestic dwellings.
As a consequence, many carpenters were finding it a necessity to be able to deal with these structures. The necessity to repair joints and replace the wood led to an increase in the sort of skills needed to manage maintaining and renovating timber framed buildings.
As barns and buildings that could be adequately restored were in a somewhat short supply, it led to the need to learn construction of new oak framed buildings to replicate the old styles. This meant contemporary carpenters had to carefully study the old system of markings their predecessors left on these old oak frames, to ensure the same standard of build.
For many people, it’s this historic, traditional element that leads them to purchase an oak framed building for their property.
An oak framed building can add age, character and practicality to any setting. The ability of the material to naturally weather over the years means that erecting one in your garden can be a sympathetic and sophisticated addition. Moreover, as time passes it’ll gain character and look even better!
Oak framed kit form buildings from Sussex Oak
We have a number of kit form oak framed buildings that we can supply for you.
- Pergolas – erecting an oak framed pergola can be a great option for lengthy gardens, with the frame providing a fantastic opportunity to place your climbing plants.
- Gazebos – these can provide a wonderful focal point in your garden. You have the option to add walls and build on the frame by roofing with tile or slate or, like the pergolas, use climbers to create a natural covering.
- Garages – for those with larger spaces to work with, why not consider an oak framed garage? We supply single, double, and triple bay kits. These can be turned into domestic living space or offices if needed, and can add some extra value to your property.
However – before you consider putting an oak framed building on your property, make sure you consult your local planning officer.
In general, outbuildings and carports come are classed as ‘temporary structures’, and do not therefore need planning permission, providing certain conditions are met:
- They’re of single storey construction with a eaves height of no more than 2.5 metres and a ridge height of no more than 4 metres.
- They’re more than 2.5m from any boundaries.
- Thery’re balconies or other raised platforms
- At least half of the original garden area remains uncovered
- The building’s floor area is less than 30sqm