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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

Nationwide Oak Opens New Windsor Office

We’ve been growing since inception, and have taken a new office in the south of the country to meet the increasing demand.

This week our Regional Director Phil Day moves into the new office space as enquires for 2020 are stacking up. Although our main office is based in the Midlands allowing us to serve the entirety of the UK, the need for us to expand has given us this great opportunity to open up our doors and meet
new customers in the south.

Unfortunately, we won’t be having a launch party as we wouldn’t want to upset our very famous neighbours but you can contact Phil directly to arrange a meeting and discuss your new Oak Frame Project via our Contact Form.

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.

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