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Oak Framed Buildings in Cornwall

Bespoke, hand built, Cornish timber frames.

We use traditional timber framing techniques and sustainably sourced oak, Douglas fir, larch and glulam to make unique oak framed buildings in Cornwall and beyond. We believe in quality craftsmanship that will stand the test of time and designs that will excite and adapt with you. We make frames that act as the heart of a building, so we work closely with you to create an individual frame that is tailored to your needs. Our oak framed buildings can be found in many shapes and sizes all over the country, but no matter the size they all share the same level of high quality craftsmanship that Carpenter Oak Cornwall is renowned for.

Working locally in Cornwall as a small, multi-skilled team we can offer a personal service that adapts to the needs of your timber frame project. Being in Cornwall allows us to respond easily to your project, from the initial enquiry to raising the frame we can move quickly and efficiently through the different steps towards creating your timber frame building.

We have years of experience in timber framing and general building, so right from the start of your beginning idea we can offer advice and solutions for the next step. We are always open to enquiries, and we like a challenge, so if you are wondering if we can do something then call us to hear what we might be able to do for you.

Timber Frame Design

Our in house frame designer Tom Jubb has many years of experience working with Carpenter Oak and Carpenter Oak Cornwall on numerous build projects of all shapes and sizes which involve the use of a structural timber frame system.

Mostly (though not always) we would recommend the use of an architect. This can be someone we’ve worked with before and can recommend, or equally Tom can work with an architect you already know. We also know general build contractors, and a whole range of other trades and suppliers through out Cornwall.

Introduce and talk to us about your project - we will then be able to help you with good advice on the best route forward, and the next steps to take.

Structural Timber Frames

We have years of experience making hand built frames of all sizes and for all purposes. We work with your design, these can range from classic frames to more contemporary ones using oak combined with steel. In creating our frames we predominantly use oak, but also Douglas fir, larch and glulam depending on the asthetic and practical qualities you want in your frame. We make timber frames for:

Project Management and Complete Build Service

We can project manage your timber frame build, giving you one consistent point of contact and saving you the time and effort spent dealing with multiple contractors.

We also offer a complete build service (turnkey) which draws on our knowledge, experience, and trusted local contacts. Right from the start we can co- ordinate your project ensuring that the same high standards found in our frames is consistent throughout all of your build. Talk to us about the level of involvement you want in your project.


Our guaranteed system of applied glazing is designed as an integral part of our timber frame package. Glazing allows the ability to have ‘frameless’ windows, thereby increasing the size and aperture of the window and maximising the view.

  Key advantages to our glazing services :

  • A triple glazed option.
  • Architect approved.
  • Meets building regulations.
  • One company to deal with.
  • We are suppliers of oak and other hardwood joinery including Rationel joinery units.

Structurally Insulated Panels (S.I.P.S)

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are formed of an insulating foam core sandwiched between two layers of board, typically OSB (orientated strand board). These can be used for walls, floors and roofs. They are manufactured under factory controlled conditions and can be fabricated to fit nearly all building designs. We work with our trusted S.I.P.S partners for the construction and installation of them.

This is just one of the options for wrapping your timber frame, we can help you choose the system most appropriate to your frame.

Joinery and follow on works

From cladding to roof boarding we can help with more of the wood in your project than just the structural timber frame. We can also recommend trusted companies to provide finishes, such as sandblasting, to your timber frame.

Shipping Container Conversions

Our very own office is a converted twenty foot shipping container! You can have your own version in your garden too - Find out more about our conversion service, which includes electric hook-up, lighting, glazing, cladding... (and an oak frame of course!).

Bespoke Oak Furniture

We make bespoke handcrafted furniture using oak and a range of complimentary materials. See examples on our oak furniture page and talk to Tim about what ideas they spark.
Meet the Team
The Carpenter Oak Cornwall Team at their yard in Lelant
Meet the Carpenter Oak Cornwall team.
Inspiration and Ideas
Talland Bay, an oak frame house in Cornwall
See examples of Carpenter Oak Cornwall timber frames here.
Home Improvements
Contemporary oak extension
See striking but cost effective oak timber frame home improvements here.
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