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Family oak frame raising Shropshire-style


Peter and Emma commissioned us to build an oak frame for their small family self-build, the result of years wading through the planning process, and coming out the other end with a Section 106 agreement for a “local connection” which aims to help local families afford homes in the area they grew up – you could throw a stone in both directions and easily hit Peter and Emma’s childhood homes on the northeastern edge of the Long Mynd.

The family, including dogs, chickens and 3 children have been living off-grid on the site in preparation for the build, and so it was with a great deal of excitement and apprehension that the raising day finally arrived. Just the most perfect conditions – dry, warm, sunny with the merest hint of a breeze.

The following pictorial record should give you an idea of our time spent on site and in their delightful and charming company. To be honest, it really didn’t feel like work! But work it was, and everybody mucked in to ensure that the whole frame, complete with 2 fully joisted floors, and common rafters on the roof, was “topped out” in just a shade over 2 days.

Special thanks to Paul “the crane” Stealey, to Matt the builder (for just wanting to be there), to Kai and Jake (the raising crew). And extra special thanks to Emma and Pete and the kids for not only choosing us to make their frame but joining in the fun too!

Timber frame house

All ready to go. Timbers laid out, scaffolding looking tip top against an azure sky and the crane fully rigged

Family home Shropshire

The family in the expensive seats

Castle Ring Oak Frame

Some rustic shelving has been incorporated into the frame. You may remember the debate about whether to round off the corners…..or not

Oak frame family home

Starting to take shape

Oak frame joists

“Hand-balling” all the first-floor joists into their “pockets”. Each one individually scribed

Wallplate scarf timber frame

Slotting together a wallplate scarf.

Wallplate oak timber frame

The wallplate scarf also secures and restrains the 2nd storey floor beam.

Family oak framed house

Helping out with the pegging

Oak frame house raising day

End of day one!

Oak truss timberframe

First truss on day 2 ready for lift-off

Castle Ring Oak Frame

Flying in the truss…

Timberframe house

…and lowering the truss carefully into the mortices

Family timber frame home Castle Ring Oak

More willing helpers.

Family oak framed house

Quality control team hard at work!

Oak pegs for timber frame

Cutting the pegs off flush on the outside of the frame.

Oak frame house raising

Fitting the purlins.

Castle Ring Oak Frame rafters

Measuring the rafters for cutting on site.

Oak house frame

End of day 2!

Topping out timber frame tradition

Rob and Pete “topping out” the frame with an oak branch as a thank you to the tree spirits.

Castle Ring Oak Frame house

Sitting back and admiring the soft light on the frame.

Good luck with the rest of the build!

 

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