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Beauty    Sustainability   Legacy

 

Beauty

 

‘Wow!’ This is a response commonly reported by our clients when people visit their new homes for the first time. Our buildings are constructed with pride to high professional standards. The timeless beauty of timber frames is embedded in our cultural psyche, and the natural properties of the oak give a structural beauty that is difficult to express. We use the natural curves of the tree to enhance the living space within the building and add extra details such as mouldings or carvings to add timeless character.

 

Sustainability

 

We learn from historical examples of longevity in order to create structures that are designed to endure for hundreds of years. In order to design for this we consider future re-use, years of neglect, and redundancy – the idea that the structure can compensate for any degradation in a couple of hundred years' time!  Modern forestry practices mean that most of the softwood available from sawmills does not have the fungal and insect resistant qualities that our native oak still possesses. Modern practices create buildings that may not even last the duration of the mortgage, let alone long enough to regrow the tree to replace it. By working with us to create your building, you become part of the movement to counteract this false economy.

 

Legacy

 

John Ruskin famously said that:

 

"When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let is be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labour and wrought substance of them, 'See! This our father did for us.'"

 

We love to work with people who are inspired to create something of value, that can be passed on to others, or even to their great grandchildren. What you create in your lifetime will be a part of your legacy.