May 6, 2019

Once the new oak frame is up it was time to turn attention to the side extension ground works. Yes more digging, yes more concrete,block work and brickwork, but it mean the footprint for the future building is established.

The side extension will eventually house the ut...

July 30, 2018

 Finally the day has arrived to raise the frame. I had some help from my friend Peter and his lorry in getting the frame from the workshop to the cottage. Thanks Peter!

 The garden is full of oak before hand. Once again, Ive enlisted the help of my friends at Traditiona...

July 30, 2018

In preparation for the oak frame raising I've spent most of July getting the trenches dug, and the Oversite pad ready. 

Here is the first stages of digging out, the string lines are set up to mark out the dimensions of the building onto the ground. 

 Well I managed to ge...

June 17, 2018

A few photos to show progress this week on the rear wall. When we originally cleared the garden we found a stack of the original Fletton bricks in the overgrowth and I'm pleased they've finally come to good use. 

 This has been tricky because the brickwork I have to mat...

June 17, 2018

Before the new oak frame is raised I have to repair the back wall as I wont be able to access it once the frame is up. To say it needs a bit of attention is an understatement!. 

The whole left hand side needs bricking now that the old lean to has been removed. The right...

June 17, 2018

The new green oak frame is now finished, and stacked up in storage, ready to be raised sometime in July.  The last job on the frame was to pair up and cut all the common rafters (28 pairs I think). 

 Above: here we're framing the openings for the rooflights. 

T...

May 13, 2018

This is a fairly major part of the whole project - the framing of the new oak frame that will form the basis of the rear extension. 

Here is a model of the actual frame design.  Its made up of 3 bays, with the first two bays forming the dwelling. The 3rd bay will be lef...

May 13, 2018

Now that all the cross frames are done its time to turn our attention to the roof - namely the purlins and windbraces which will in turn support the oak rafters. 

Here the stub ties are being fitted into the wall plates. A dovetail joint stops them from pulling apart. 

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May 13, 2018

I thought this cross frame deserved its own post because it looks so flippin' awsome! This is the last truss to frame and will form the opening to the full height porch which opens out to the garden - a real focal point of the frame.  Its different from the other cross...

May 13, 2018

Now that the both side walls are complete its time to begin the first of four cross frames. As usual the main component timbers the make up the cross frame are laid out for measuring and marking. 

 Here the principle rafters and the stub ties have been cut and assembled

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