Client: Duncan & Caroline Tilley

The brief

Mr & Mrs Tilley were well into a house extension project when they contacted us. Their plan was to increase the ground floor size, with a single storey vaulted extension on the side of their house, which would accommodate a new kitchen, dining room and toilet. The build was cavity blockwork faced with stone. They needed a green oak frame roof structure and glazed gable with large double doors. The trusses and gable were to be asymmetric so as to fit to the existing property.

The solution

First, we met with the architect and structural engineers to refine some of the joint details in the trusses and glazing make-up in the gable end. Once this was complete we met the main contractor on site to discuss the exact dimensions of the building and how the green oak element would interact with the blockwork. We then provided our own frame drawings to the main contractor for him to agree and sign off. With everyone in agreement on dimensions, we ordered the timber and cut the roof structure and gable in the workshop, delivered and erected it using a lorry with HIAB and installed all the direct glazing and double doors.

The result

When we are called in to supply only the oak element of a building project, it is vital that we have as much consultation with all other parties involved so as to ensure that, when we turn up with a pre-cut frame, it all fits together. This is exactly the case here. Many meetings and discussions prior to putting chisel to wood meant that we delivered, on time and on price, a roof and frame that slotted into the existing building precisely as needed and the structure was able to be watertight before Christmas as had been the expectation.

Working with Tom and Will on our project was a joy from start to finish. Tom got involved from the first time we contacted him and quickly understood the style and quality we wanted to achieve. He was able to work with our architect and builder, coming to the site meetings and helping us to shape our vision with practical advice and an eye for detail, such as the best way to preserve the look we wanted whilst ensuring the weather-tight properties we needed. Tom and Will manufactured, delivered, installed and finished our green oak roof and gable end on time, within the agreed budget and to a high standard. Many people have commented on how beautiful it looks and how in-keeping it is with the main house and location. We can’t wait to move in and really get the benefit of Doyle & Whitley’s traditional craftsmanship.

Duncan & Caroline Tilley

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