Oak Framed Buildings

Garden rooms – Garage blocks – Loggia – Porches – Conservatories

Timber framing and “post-and-beam” construction is the method of creating structures using heavy squared-off timber stock, carefully fitted together with mortice and tenon joints secured by large wooden pegs. This building method has been used for thousands of years, in many parts of the world.

The selection of quality materials, considered design, meticulous craftsmanship and the discrete use of innovative new weatherproofing products – will make your Parkwood Oak Framed Conservatory reassuringly comfortable for many years to come. 

Our Oak framed buildings typically feature:
  • Traditional manufacture techniques
  • Fresh sawn oak
  • draw dowel, mortise and tenon jointed
  • Post & Beam construction
  • Classic stopped chamfers
  • Queen post truss or
  • King post truss
  • Scrolling detail
  • Shaped brackets
  • Solid Roofs
  • Discrete weather proofing seals and gaskets
  • 24mm St Gobain Planitherm glazing
  • Structural Calculations
  • Liaise with Building Control 

Post & Beam construction

Post & Beam is a term for constructing with heavy sectioned timbers, the most common sections of lumber are 5” x 5”, 6” x 6” and 8” x 8”. Timber framing is the method of creating structures using square, heavy posts and beams fitted and joined with pegged mortise and tenon joints secured by seasoned oak pegs.

It is commonplace in timber buildings to see diagonal corner braces, although these are usually shaped and decorative in appearance – they are a structural component and contribute to the stability of the overall structure.

Associated Building Work

Groundwork, foundations, dwarf walls, tiling and other parts of the project that require general building work are usually carried out by the clients own contractors.

Accurate setting out is so important
Foundations, bases, dwarf walls and roof coverings – We are more than happy to provide advice, support and drawings to your building contractor.

The Parkwood installation team erect your Oak framed building on the pre-built base (built exactly to the agreed design specification)

Parkwood manufacture, deliver and erect all the specialist oak and related items. All other non-specialist aspects are most cost effectively handled by your local building contractor.

Glazing into Green Oak

Parkwood oak frame buildings feature heavy section fresh saw oak posts and beams – which incorporate a stable kiln dried oak glazed frame insert. This technique is essential as it ensures the double glazed unit and weather proofing seals are not compromised when the heavy oak begins to dry out and move.

At Parkwood we build oak framed conservatories using the finest European lumber. We only source oak from P.E.F.C or F.S.C. approved sources.

Green oak is an inherently unpredictable material
What you should expect:

Your oak will loose its golden brown colour as the Tannin (the source of the brown pigment) is weathered out of the timber. The sun will bleach the surface and it will eventually take on a silvery grey appearance.

During the first 12 – 18 months, rain will wash tannin out of the oak. The escaping tannin will cause dark water marked areas (in some cases almost black) to the surrounding timber surface, and the run-off will stain adjacent masonry and paving. This will eventually stop and the staining will fade – again this is to be expected* and will not be recognised as defects.

The surface grain will raise and take on a rougher texture. Splits and cracks will appear along the length of the timbers, twisting and warping will also occur – this is to be expected*.

*By choosing one of our Green Oak products you acknowledge and understand all the above seasoning characteristics to be normal behaviour for fresh sawn timber.  Accepting any consequences or outcomes of this naturally occurring process.