Berkshire Oak Barns
 

Questions

Hopefully most of your questions should be answered on this page. If not, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.



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Do I need planning permission for my building? >

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Not necessarily, it depends on the size, position and usage of the building. We do however recommend that clients contact their local planning office for authorisation especially if the property is listed.

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Do you manage the entire project? >

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Yes we prefer to supply the whole package from groundwork to the roof tiling and finishes. This way we are able to ensure that the work has been carried out to the highest possible standard.

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How long will my building last? >

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Oak framed buildings are very robust and extremely hard wearing. There are many buildings that still stand today though having been constructed many centuries ago. We use the same traditional construction methods in all our buildings.

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Are the buildings assembled from kits? >

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No, all our buildings are entirely handcrafted to meet the specific requirements of the client. We produce bespoke buildings ranging from small traditional porches to large and contemporary games rooms.

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Do you treat the oak? >

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Oak is a naturally tough material and therefore does not require treatment, however some clients do request that the oak be oiled, we offer this service and it is carried out during the manufacturing process at our workshop. All external soft wood timbers and joinery benefit from a basecoat timber preservative, but require further treatment immediately after installation.

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Do you offer a guarantee? >

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All our buildings come with a 2 year guarantee. Excluding damage caused by theft, vandalism and severe weather conditions. We accept no responsibility for work carried out by privately sourced contractors.

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Is the entire building made from oak? >

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The main structure is constructed from the best quality green oak. As for the cladding, studwork and rafters these can be constructed from either oak or softwood, depending on the clients specifications.

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What is green oak? >

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Green oak is not literally green in colour. The expression refers to the timber being cut fresh from the tree without going through either a kiln or air drying process.

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Will an oak frame dry out and move? >

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Oak is a natural material and is likely to split or shake during the drying process; it can also shrink and expand due to weather conditions. This does not affect the structural integrity in fact it strengthens and adds character to the building.