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Questions for oak barns
Can I arrange a site visit?
Certainly. Contact the office for a no-obligation appointment to discuss your project.

Do I need planning permission for my oak barn? And Do you help with planning?
We always advise clients to check with their local planning office, especially if the
property is listed or in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Area of Scientific
Interest or National Park. It is also dependant on the size of the building and the
proposed location on the property. For example if the proposed building is to have
a ridge height of above 4 metres and is closer to the front boundary that the
dwelling. There are many restrictions on planning but we can assist you in both
your planning application and Building Regulations (if they apply) for a set fee.

Do your oak framed buildings comply with Building Regulations?
All our oak framed buildings and groundwork comply with Building Regulations.

Do your oak framed buildings comply with Fire Regulations?
The most common requirements for Fire Protection on oak frame buildings are boundary
location and two-storey structures. The supporting oak framework in our two-storey
buildings is above structural requirement meaning it will achieve the 30 minutes charring
time required by current Fire Regulation. This is standard practice with The Brookwood
Barn Co Ltd™ but often ignored by other timber-framing companies. Complying with Fire
Regulations retrospectively can be very expensive and unsightly.

Do you manage the whole project?
Yes. We prefer to take on everything from the groundworks through to power and water
services. This way we know the work is completed to our high standards and on time.

Do you pre-construct the oak buildings from kits?
We cut all our barns to order most of which are based on standard module sizes
(over 200 in our range). As we cut all our oak frames ourselves we are always happy
to tailor our services precisely to our clients' individual needs, cutting bespoke frames
ranging from small garden structures to oak-framed houses.

Do you cut the oak and make the barn on site?
The oak is cut to size at our sawmill. The timber is then delivered to site and
the frame erected often within a week resulting in a fast, clean and efficient job.

Can you install water and power to my oak building?
Yes, dependant on location of mains services to the building.

What is the 'SuperSize' building?
This is our new range of frames which offer you extra wide bays as standard. Each
bay provides over 3.66 metres (12ft) in width (measured from centre post to centre
post). These buildings are designed to allow doors on both sides of a good-sized
family vehicle to be fully open at the same time, giving easy under cover access.

Do you offer a guarantee?
We offer a 10-year guarantee on all our oak timberwork (excluding damage
caused by exceptional weather conditions). Oak is a natural material and may
split or shake during drying. Depending on climate conditions, it may also shrink
or expand. None of this represents any long-term adverse effect on quality.

Do you use oak cladding?
We can provide oak cladding but experience has shown us that a thick softwood
cladding out performs oak cladding, which is expensive and splits easily.

Do you treat the oak?
Oak is a naturally tough material, which does not require treatment. (The softwood
cladding used on our buildings benefits from a clear treatment). Some customers do
treat the oak with various oils periodically but this is not a service we provide.

How do I maintain my oak framed building?
No maintenance is necessary on the oak frame. The softwood cladding
may need periodic maintenance (benefiting from a clear treatment).

How does being a member of The Guild of Master Craftsmen benefit me?
Membership of the guild distinguishes us from the unskilled who pass themselves off as craftsmen.
You are assured of workmanship of the highest standard. Go to www.guildmc.com for more detail.

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