"Having decided to extend our cottage we approached Hartwood Oak, by recommendation, and asked them to not only create a building that would complement the existing house, but to give us a statement kitchen/family space. The design and construction has more than achieved what we were after and everyone who visits are taken aback by the craftsmanship and result, as our we."
Why we’re different
We’re a little different from most of the ‘oak-framed’ businesses that you’ll find online. We’re a family-run business with over 25 years’ experience, and we offer more than just a range of standard oak frames. We design your building to meet your needs, rather than insisting that you take an off-the-peg design.
If all you want is an oak frame, we can definitely help you. But if what you’re looking for is a company that can take ownership of a complete oak building project from start to finish – taking away all the headaches, then you’ve come to the right place.
We take care of everything
Our services include everything you need: producing designs; managing planning applications; production of the frame itself and erection of the building from groundworks to roofing, glazing and electrics.
In fact, if you’re not quite sure what you want yet, get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to help you develop your ideas. The chances are that we’ve already made what you’re looking for at some point in the past.
When we offer our complete service, our work tends to be within a reasonable distance of our base in Berkshire. Typically, we will take on construction projects across Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. If you just want us to produce the oak frame for your builder to put up, we may be able to deliver or produce a frame for collection from our workshop.
Building in oak since 1994
Our early work was heavily focused on renovating traditional oak buildings, which gave us a thorough grounding in the techniques that carpenters have used to construct oak buildings that have withstood the test of time.
We continue to use those traditional ways today, including the use of sawn green oak and centuries-old jointing methods. We fully expect the timber frames that we put up today to last a hundred years or more.
Of course, oak itself is the original sustainable building material. We use almost exclusively English oak, which is prepared for us at a Wiltshire sawmill. We employ local people and carefully process our waste to minimise landfill, while we use any timber waste for fuel.