The prospect of starting a timber frame project can be both exciting and daunting. We at Carpenter Oak Cornwall recognise this. So, throughout the process of designing, engineering and crafting your frame you will be surrounded by highly skilled and experienced people who will help guide you through it, and because we love what we do it can actually be a fun, creative experience. Below are the first steps we recommend before or just after your initial enquiry, but we are always happy to talk to you whatever stage you are at.
To help you decide what you want your project to look like gather together images of other timber framed spaces that appeal to you; think about the project as a whole but also details, such as do you want lots of light or to frame a particular view? Is there a style you like? Do you want a contemporary feel to your frame or a more traditional one? We make frames that are individual to you so we don't have a house style, this means that we can make exactly what you want.
Pinterest is a great tool for looking at and gathering images to help with the design stage as is looking at our ideas and inspiration page. Equally a good old fashioned cut and paste scrap book of magazine pictures is fine!
What do you want out of your project, is the end result going to be a new build family home or is it to maximise your existing space with an extension? Think about your daily routine, how would you use the space? Knowing how you will use the space is key to your project and an architect is invaluable in helping you think about this. But don't worry if you haven't found an architect yet as we can help recommend one that is appropriate to your needs.
A good way to get an idea of how timber frames look and feel is to see one in action. We have a variety of oak timber frame buildings in Cornwall that are open to visitors.
Having an idea of your budget and the size of your project early on allows us to advise you on what can realistically be achieved and this can save a lot of time, which speeds up getting your idea to the design stage. Our aim and our reputation is built on achieving the very best results for your budget.
As every frame is individual there are always variants, especially regarding the density of the frame, but a useful basic formula for the overall build costs including a structural timber frame, but excluding VAT and professional services such as design and engineering is:
New builds= £1800- £2200 per sqm. This excludes VAT and professional services such as design and engineering.
Extensions= £2,000 per sqm. This excludes VAT and professional services such as design and engineering.