Rick’s son Ed oversaw the build of an oak framed extension to their pub The Cornish Arms, featuring a Carpenter Oak Cornwall frame and traditional masonry walls.
“This was a really great project. It was unusual to be able to work purely with handcrafted natural materials and all the builders involved with the project really loved the fact that we were using oak and stone,” said Ed.
“The comments we have been getting are very positive – people love the smell of the oak and they relate to it as a material, maybe because it’s textural and it’s a raw earth material.”
The build was inspired by the 14th century church across the road and Ed is quite sure this new build will be around for just as long, if not longer. “We hit bed rock when we were building the foundations, so this is going to last hundreds of years.”
I would work with Carpenter Oak Cornwall again without a doubt. On design they were fantastic, they delivered everything when they said they would and it was astonishing how quickly the frame went up. Tim and the guys were great– really dedicated despite heavy rain when they put the frame up, but they turned it round in four days. They were fantastic.
Ed has reported that the acoustics of the new dining room work really well too. “One of the reasons we chose oak was for the acoustics – because there are so many different elements and surfaces in the frame it breaks the sound up. This can be the most overlooked aspect of a restaurant design but for us it was one of the most important elements.”
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