Nationwide Oak Buildings Blog

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

Nationwide Oak Buildings, your safety and the safety of all our customers, colleagues and suppliers is of the utmost importance. We’d like to reassure you we’re following the Government’s guidelines and advice and have put in place measures to ensure we continue operating responsibly.

Our team

Our team of craftsmen are working across our production yard, where over 50% of the area is always open to ensure a constant flow of fresh air, whilst keeping a safe, physical distance. Similarly, our site crews are also paying close attention to the guidelines in place when assembling your frames on site.

Virtual Site visits

To maintain the close relationships we have with all our customers, we’ve recently introduced virtual site visits and meetings via the likes of Zoom, Skype and Facetime. This new way of communicating is enabling our customers to start their bespoke oak journeys from the comfort of their home!

If you’d like to discuss an upcoming project, please call 01384 877747 or email to arrange your one-to-one video appointment

We recognise the situation changes daily, and we’ll continue to evolve, adapt and keep you updated.

Creating The Perfect Oak Porch

At Nationwide Oak Buildings our Oak porches range from simple, open or glazed entrance ways, to luxury bespoke welcome areas that will add serious kerb appeal to your property. Our craftsmanship is what always sets our oak porches apart. 

You can enquire with us today to see some of our oak porch designs and features, and treat these as a basis on which to develop your own ideas for a bespoke oak porch. We can work from photographs of porches you have seen, or hand sketches done by yourself but are also happy to work from your architect’s porch drawings.

Take these three steps to start your bespoke oak porch journey:

  • Get in touch to see some of our most popular oak porch designs or sketch your own ideas.
  • Confirm the dimensions and design of your porch by chatting to us.
  • Once you are happy with price and design for your porch, you can place an order and we will produce a 3D drawing of the oak porch, confirming the dimensions and relative positioning.

Find out More About Oak Porches

Visit the oak porch gallery –

Relax under a Bespoke Oak Gazebo

Our solid oak gazebos are decorative, sturdy, durable structures that will give you a tranquil covered area in your garden. They are also becoming more affordable than ever and finding their way into residential properties, providing gardens up and down the country with a touch of luxury.

We offer various sizes and shapes and with every frame being bespoke. There is nothing we can’t do when it comes to making your garden that extra bit special. From square, rectangular, and round with the most popular sizes being three or four metres square and over three metres tall, an oak gazebo in your garden is a serious focal point. 

When it comes to roofing, we would always say cedar shingles are the most popular covering, complementing the natural colour of the oak with a material that will also weather to the seasoned silver-grey over time. It’s not uncommon for us to also use slate if you’d like to match tiling on a nearby building. 

So, if you’re looking for an impressive structure in your garden to fit any sized space you may have available, consider a solid oak gazebo.

Does my Oak Garage need Planning Permission?

At Nationwide Oak Buildings we would always recommend checking with your local authorities planning department before starting any building works, this post is intended as a rough guide only.

Planning rules for garages relate to the size and position of the building in relation to your property and those around it.

In most cases, oak garages and similar buildings can be built without the need for planning permission. This is because they can fall within the parameters of what is known as permitted development.

Permitted development or planning permission outbuildings can be considered to be permitted development, subject to them meeting a list of conditions which include:

  • Must be single-storey with a maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of 4 metres.
  • They are more than 2.5m from any boundaries.
  • At least half of the original garden area remains uncovered.
  • No outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation of the original house.
  • To be permitted development, any new building must not itself be a separate self – contained living accommodation. If a building is going to be used as self-contained, living accommodation – planning permission will most likely be required.

When considering or designing a garage or outbuilding it is important to consider all factors including the process of gaining planning permission for buildings which may be marginally outside the permitted development conditions.

If you’re looking to start your oak journey today get in touch and we can help provide detailed guidance and support on an individual basis, to help you make an informed decision about any building you may wish to erect

Case Study – Oak Framed Canopy

As winter closes in, porches and canopies are fast becoming a doorstep must-have for homeowners. Porches bring a real benefit at this time of year, but they can also prove to be the perfect asset for a home’s overall aesthetic appearance.

The initial enquiry for this project was simple;

“I have a concrete lintel above our entrance door acting as a shelter and I was wondering how we can remove and replace with an oak frame canopy’’

This is a common enquiry for us but removing the lintel could have structural implications as they are set back into the main brickwork. We suggested to the client building around it, not only building an oak frame canopy to wrap around the lintel we also cladded the underside to complete the oak feel.

Being the main exterior element to a building’s frontage, a porch is constantly subject to the forces of nature meaning the material’s longevity and durability is key. With an Oak Porch from Nationwide Oak Buildings, we are creating a timeless addition to your property, with many advantages. Unlike most other materials, Oak ages beautifully, over time it will morph into a stunning silver patina. As the material dries out and the Oak loses its moisture you are left with an exceptionally strong and stable structure.

Everything we create here at Nationwide Oak Buildings is bespoke to the customer from size and elevation detail through to roof pitch and finally onto beam style. With your input and our expertise together we can create your dream porch.

For a bit of inspiration and to see some of our previous creations visit our Oak Framed Porches Gallery to find the ideal entrance to your home.

Case Study – 6 Bay Oak Framed Garage

This recent brief was simple, a six-bay oak garage, all open with a personnel door to the side and feature circular window.

A couple of designs were suggested as we wanted to add our very own twist to this garage making it stand out even more in its already rich surroundings, creating this 3D rendering to give the client peace of mind about what to expect at the finish.

With the design confirmed, contract placed and deposit paid we pushed on with the groundwork’s four weeks later. A concrete base was laid and power floated, then the plinth was built that we use on most of our garage buildings for a base upon that the oak frame would sit.

A few days later the Oak frame was delivered to site and the main frame erected over that week. As we progressed, the stud walls, ridge board and rafters were fitted. Then the weatherboard, waterproof membrane and battens to the roof were constructed, followed by the slate roof covering.

We designed, manufactured and built this Oak Framed Garage, and this project has really added to the overall feel of this already beautiful estate.

After a tidy up the garage is now ready to use and will stand tall in its surroundings like the oak trees it stemmed from for many years to come. See the amazing drone footage we captured of the completed building to get a full inside and outside tour.

Using only the highest quality oak, we can create anything from a simple shelter to an expansive workshop or garage. Take a look at a small selection of the oak framed garages we’ve produced for satisfied clients over the last few years.


    Coronavirus Update

    In this ever-evolving situation, we wanted to take time to reassure you that our Sales, Technical and Drawing departments are currently working remotely, staying safe but are also still fully operational.

    Our phone lines and email service remain open and we are still available to discuss your future bespoke oak frame projects with you.