Oak has always been the choice timber for any wooden structure mainly for its strength and durability evident its character that is left for generations to come. A common question posed to us is what aftercare and maintenance is required with an oak frame garage so here is our guide to aftercare and maintenance.
What are the black marks on an oak frame and what is the best way to remove them?
Naturally your oak frame may get a little dirty during and after the installation process. Also, due to the moisture content of green oak, you may also notice natural tannins which cause black stains to appear on the oak in certain areas. This is a natural process and the recommend way that these marks are can be removed is with using an oxalic acid solution.
Do you recommend treating my oak frame?
Again a common question but we always say there are no specific requirement for any maintenance of the oak frame itself. The natural sunlight on the frame over time will turn the frame to a silvery grey. Depending on your preference, the original, lighter colour can be retained if the wood is treated or sealed before it is exposed to the elements. One thing to be mindful of is once you start to treat the frame this will require ongoing maintenance yearly.
We would always recommend that you choose a test area first to make sure you are happy with the end result.
Will the oak move over time?
It is vital to remember that oak is an organic material and will settle in its own unique way – as the oak releases its moisture and dries it changes the way it looks and characteristics. The more it dries the lighter and stronger it gets. The way our buildings are designed means that as the timber dries the joints lock together to increase that strength. As the frame settles it will create its own unique splits or shakes which are normal and part of the settling process, more importantly part it really shows off the charm of an organic structure.
Located in the county of Nottinghamshire Nationwide Oak Buildings manufactured and installed this stunning Two Bay Oak Framed Garage.
We were also responsible for all groundwork’s which involved 9 x Pile Drive at 4metres in depth below ground, finished with a grid system and shingles to create the garage flooring. Strict guidelines were also in place to ensure the protection of all tree roots in the given area.
The frame was manufactured and installed following strict planning permission guidelines to also use Marley Red Lincoln Pan Tiles to finish the roof.
This two Bay Oak Frame Garage measures 6000mm x 5500mm with catslide to the spec below.
All support posts, eaves beams, tie beams, sole plates, curved braces and stud work in oak with traditional mortice/tenon joints and 19mm kiln dried solid oak dowels.
Ring beam and all support posts manufactured from 150 x 150mm approx. oak beams
Walls manufactured from 100mm x 75mm Oak Studding to form a hardwood frame and completed with 200mm (180mm cover) LARCH feather edged boarding
Straight Gable roof constructed from stress tested C24 timber complete with Red Lincoln pan tiles to finish
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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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.