Traditional Techniques: Our Ethos

 

OakCraft offer a new approach to the centuries-old skill of oak-framed buildings using our unique and patented OakCraft Jointing System.

The system makes it easier to combine oak-frame units in different ways with no compromise to traditional craftsmanship or quality.

The joint (Patent Number 2338004) gives a unique aesthetic and construction quality unavailable to other manufacturers. Combined with OakCraft’s belief in using only oak, the Jointing System ensures that a superior and resilient building is created.

The Jointing System gives better headroom and finer aesthetics as the eaves beams and tie beams are all at the same level and flush with each other.

OakCraft hold no buildings in stock; every assignment is treated on an individual basis. Some are based on one of the two pre-designed units – dubbed A & B and roughly equating to small and large garage sizes – others on completely different dimensions. In either case the Patented Jointing System and oak are at the heart of the project whether for a stand alone building or one which needs to fit exactly into the demands of adjacent property or historical precedent.

 

Attention to Detail


The traditional oak frames designed and manufactured by OakCraft are key to the stability, strength and appearance of buildings. Care paid to other details is also important to the overall effect and finish. It is OakCraft’s attention to these aspects which has contributed in no small way to client satisfaction and thereby to the firm’s success.

OakCraft’s engineers and draughtsmen ensure that both seen and unseen detail is appropriate and correct.

For example: A firm foundation – Even the best building will ultimately fail unless built on secure foundations. A straightforward reinforced concrete slab, possibly thickened around the load-bearing edges, is adequate for many situations on good ground, but in others a full 450mm (18”) wide strip foundation with a 225mm (9”) brick base may be necessary. Specification of foundations will be dictated by the loading of your chosen building, your ground conditions and in many cases the requirements of your local authority. Many clients choose to support their buildings on three courses of brickwork above slab level and to incorporate a damp-proofing membrane in their ground works.

Plates, studs and rafters – high quality softwood – planed or sawn – is usual for these items. Oak may be specified as an option. Cladding – Heavyweight treated softwood is used for OakCraft special weatherboarding. This 200mm (8”) board is cut to an OakCraft specification to provide the most effective and attractive finish to a building. It is broader and thicker than that usually seen, and it has a long life and weathers to a natural even grey. It can be stained in a variety of colours. All softwood is pressure treated with a biodegradable fungicide and pesticide to ensure long and trouble free life. As an option, untreated waney-edge (bark left on) Douglas Fir cladding may be specified.

Roofing – Choosing the right roofing material – tile, slate or thatch to harmonise or even contrast with existing buildings and the local environment. Other options include hand-made or reclaimed tiles, long straw or reed thatch, or Welsh slate. Rafter size and construction will take the chosen roofing into account.