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Castle Ring

Powys

Our first timber frame project and what proved to be the genesis of our future business, Castle Ring Oak Frame Ltd.

Castle Ring

Powys

Our first timber frame project and what proved to be the genesis of our future business, Castle Ring Oak Frame Ltd.

It’s a long story, but if you’re interested, here’s a fuller version of events!

Necessity being the mother of all invention, our tiny budget was matched by our huge (some would say foolhardy) ambition, and we somehow contrived to design and build our own family home against all the odds on a Welsh hillside amongst a woodland we had planted ourselves.

We built the green oak frame on site in a small and cramped workshop, incorporating as many sinuous and curvy features as we could, raising the frame with friends and family (and a crane!) in double quick time.

The house features extensive oak joists and rafters, spectacular vaulted ceilings, a mezzanine and void. The softwood stud wall envelope is insulated with Warmcel, and the building benefits from a cost-effective ground source heat pump. The exterior cladding was milled ourselves from locally sourced larch.

Entered for the Homebuilding and Renovating/Daily Telegraph self-build of the year awards in 2009, we won in three categories,

  • Best Overall
  • Best Oak Frame
  • Best Affordable

Project Summary

Brief

  • 250m2 four bed house
  • Self-build of the year 2009
  • Simple design principles but with wow factor
  • Plenty of curvy, organic features with personality and quirkiness
  • Additional porch, balcony and lean to
  • Two storey with living room upstairs to show off the vaulted ceiling

Timings

  • Workshop – three months
  • On site – one day

Do you want a quick quote?
Or to discuss your project?

If you're considering an oak framed building (or larch, or douglas fir), let's talk. We'll gladly put together an outline quote (completely free, with no strings attached). And we need very little information from you to do so.
Equally, we're always here, at the end of the phone, to talk through your ideas.

[email protected] 01547 560 231
Castlering Wood, Beggars Bush, Evenjobb, Powys, LD8 2PB