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Oak Framed Buildings & Listed Properties

25 November 2014

We recently advised members of the Listed Property Owners' Club on the issues around constructing an oak frame within the curtilage of a listed building. 

In an article published in their monthly magazine, various topics were covered, including how to approach the planning stages and liasing with conservation offices. The article can be read in full below.

Oak Framing and Listed Properties

Oak Framed Garden Room

As you will all be aware any development to, or around, a Listed Building can be a tricky, bureaucratic process. Adding an oak framed building to such a property - whether it be an extension, garage or garden room - is no exception.

In addition to any standard planning permission that may be required, which can prove tricky enough, Listed Property Consent must be sought simultaneously. This generally necessitates the involvement of a number parties including, of course, a conservation officer and architect.

To facilitate this process, your selected Oak Framing Company would ideally be involved from a very early stage. As every Listed Property owner knows, the status of their building and its surroundings provides the context against which any development decision must be made, so their input into what can and can’t be achieved is often crucial.

Round Wood of Mayfield, an established national supplier of Oak Framed Buildings, have been involved in a number of such projects. Whilst they are happy to come on board to work on plans already drawn up by the conservation architect, they have often been called in at the concept stage.

“If a customer still only has a rough idea of what they are looking to achieve, we will carry out an initial consultation with them,” explains Will Sheffield, Head Site Surveyor at Round Wood of Mayfield.

“This involves visiting the property and getting as much information as possible on their requirements and the existing vernacular. Whilst the architecture of the buildings within the curtilage of the Listed Property is crucial, it is also important to consider those within the more general neighbourhood.”

Extensive discussion would also take place at this point on the style of development that would most likely get approval.

“Whilst the key is to maintain the appearance and integrity of the listed building, this does not always mean that the oak frame must be designed to match,” Will Sheffield adds.

“We have been involved with extensions, for instance, that have needed to be distinct from the existing building so they were given a modern feel. The conservation officer was keen for the original to stand out by itself and not be seamlessly integrated into a new structure.

“Generally, however, and almost always in the instance of outbuildings such as garages, garden rooms and home offices, remaining in keeping is the major objective.”

Following this initial visit, sketches of the possible development are drawn up. These are provided to the customer for feedback and any required revisions are made. This process is repeated as often as is required until the desired building is achieved. 

Oak Framed Building Sketch


At this stage, the Technical Design team gets involved. A CAD technician will work closely with the surveyor to translate sketches to detailed plans. Once signed off, these can be formally submitted for the required permissions.

Oak Framed Building Plan

If Round Wood of Mayfield have not been involved from the concept stage, they are generally brought in on a consultation basis before plans are submitted. Involvement after this point allows for the possibility of plans being approved, but then being unachievable or unnecessarily expensive from an oak framing perspective. Any subsequent modification would then have been sent back into the planning and Listed Property consent process.

Even at this stage, advice is often sought on a range of issues to ensure that applications have the best chance of being approved.

“There are a lot of factors that can be taken into consideration by the authorities,” Matthew Lyward, Sales Director at Round Wood, points out. “These can range from major issues such as which roof profiles are permissible, right down to minor details, such as which tiles are used. All of these can determine whether the appearance of a building is significantly altered.

“Generally speaking, working to the highest standards possible are desirable with Listed Properties. So opting for oak weatherboard and rafters over cheaper softwood equivalents may well save money in the long run as the building is more likely to be approved first time around.”

Once the development is approved, the frame is finally made. Round Wood of Mayfield use traditional crafting techniques - including curved braces and mortise and tenon joints - and dry fit every component in their workshop to ensure ease and speed of fit on site.

Oak Framed Building Construction

Whilst Round Wood of Mayfield’s own installation team erect the vast majority of frames they supply, homeowners can use their own fitters. This can prove more cost effective if skilled carpenters are on site working on other projects or are readily available locally.


2-Bay Oak Framed Building

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Wrought Iron Log Baskets

20 November 2014

We have added to our range of Log Baskets so now there are even more sizes to choose from, all can be used for wood storage or as a Brazier. Being hand wrought, all have a beautifully sturdy feel, along with a homely traditional look. 

So whether you want convenient log storage next to your fire, or a flaming brazier to keep you warm in the garden – We have a variety of choices to suit your needs! Sizes range from 45cm to 67cm in two different designs. You can accessories your brazier with a trivet to keep your brazier off lawn! 

Wrought Iron Gothic Log Baskets

Wrought Iron Knotted Log Baskets


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Cedar Shingles & Ridge Tiles

4 November 2014

Our Cedar shingles continue to prove a popular choice of roof covering given their warm, rich colours and natural, sweet smell. 

The shingles we offer are blue label certified and are manufactured by Olympic Cedar Products, a member of the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau. Member mills have committed to consistent quality through independent third-party inspections by accredited.

As Cedar is very rich in oils, it is extremely resilient to the effects of weathering and requires no treatment.

             Pictured: Blue label No.1 grade cedar shingles

We also offer ridge tiles. These allow you to finish off your roof with minimum fuss, as they are pre-stapled and ready to fit. We recommend you fit your cedar shingles with stainless steel ring shank nails, of which we provide a range of sizes to suit your needs. 

Western Red Cedar Shingles £39.50

Western Red Cedar Ridge Tiles £40.00

Various Ring Shank Rails

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New Cast Iron Statues

28 October 2014

From Pigs, to Buddhas and Ballerinas, our new hand finished cast iron statues cover a wide variety of subjects, all with their own personalities.

So whether you want to add a touch of serenity to your garden, or cheer up your grounds, take a look at our new additions section. You might even find some Christmas gift inspiration.

          Pictured: Cast iron pig statues. Available separately.

One of our favuorite new cast iron statues is Jeremy the Frog, who doubles up as a water feature! 

The cast iron hand finished detail makes these statues come to life, as well as a variety of finishes (Black, Bronze, Rust, or Antique White) to choose from.

Below are a few of our newest arrivals:

Jeremy the Frog

Little Sitting Fairy Statue - Antique White

Buddha Serene Statue

Miniature Cannon Statue

Pair of Whippet Dog Statues

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14mm Engineered Oak Flooring

16 October 2014

We have a special offer on the 148 x 14mm and 187 x 14mm engineered oak flooring that we recently added to our range. Both are brushed and oiled.

Both Boards are ready to fit, although we recommend a final coat of Treatex Harwax Oil once the oak floor is down. As with all engineered oak flooring, these boards are suitable for use with underfloor heating. The 14mm thickness allows the heat to penetrate very quickly, ensuing you feel the benefit. 

The other major benefit of engineered flooring is that it combines the luxurious look and feel of solid boards, but has far more stability, courtesy of the cross-bonded backing. 

148 x 14mm Brushed and Oiled Engineered Oak Flooring - £24.50m2

187 x 14mm Brushed and Oiled Engineered Oak Flooring - £26.50m2

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Oak Framed Building in Motion!

8 September 2014

We thought you might like to see our oak framed building team at work, so have produced a short video of a recent project using a timelapse camera.

One of our customers kindly allowed us to record the construction of their oak framed garden complex.

It begins just after the groundwork has been finished and ends with the building completed, ready for tiles. We will bring you shots of the finished building, with our oak joinery, soon!

You can see the team raise the oak pasts and fit the horizontal eaves beam and rafters. Breather membrane and batons are then added. We have shortened the night sequences for obvious reasons!

For more videos of recent projects and product showcases visit out YouTube Channel.

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Discounts on Heveatech Engineered Decking

29 August 2014

As an introductory promotion, we are offering a 10% discount on the eco-friendly Heveatech Engineered Decking Boards we exclusively supply.

Heveatech Decking

Our 145 x 20mm FSC Certified Heveatech decking has a list price of £44.50/m2, but is currently available at £40.05/m2. If you are looking for a wider board, the 195 x 20mm Heveatech Decking is now on offer at £43.65, reduced from £48.50/m2.

Heveatech is proving to be a popular innovation in the decking market. Unlike other environmentally friendly options it boasts an authentic, natural appearance, is exceedingly durable and is no harder on the pocket than traditional hardwood decking boards.

The timber used for Heveatech is cut from the ‘Hevea Brasiliensis,’ better known as the ‘Rubber Tree’. This species has a typical rubber or latex producing lifespan of 25-30 years, after which they have historically been felled and used for firewood, or even discarded.

Instead, this timber is now cut into small layers, which are bonded together under extreme compression and finished with a solid veneer.  The result is an engineered, yet natural, decking board with a uniform moisture content.

The stability this provides is highly sought after, as even the toughest standard decking boards can be subject to movement. It also means that Heveatech is ideal for use with hidden fastenings, such as the Archideck and Sharkstooth systems Round Wood supply. Both allow your deck to be displayed to its full potential by cutting out the need for unsightly face screws.

Heveatech boards are supplied with a Danish finish one side, reeded on the other. Typical lengths are 3m, 4m and 4.9m.  Heveatech joists are also available.

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Radiata pine decking

8 August 2014

We are now offering Radiata pine decking boards, supplied through an FSC accredited source.

The boards are cut from 'Radiata Pine' tree, (also known as Pinus Radiata, Insignis Pine and Monterey Pine), an unusually dense softwood species native to the Americas. As it is relatively easy to cultivate in moderate climates it has been introduced to many other regions, including Australasia, where a number of well-respected plantations now exist. Our decking is from New Zealand, which features the largest plantation of any species of timber in the world.

Radiate Pine Decking

The light, smooth aesthetic offered by the boards is well suited to contemporary properties. They look particulalry good on a roof deck or terrace.

Radiata pine decking is available in generous 4.8m lengths and offered in smooth/reeded and smooth/grooved profiles. It is available at just £22/m2.

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Unfinished Handscraped Flooring

8 August 2014

Our handscraped engineered flooring is now available in a 220 x 15mm unfinished board, featuring a 4mm wear layer.

We have continued to extend the range as it has proven so popular; other options include pre-oiled and stained finishes and a number of widths.

The rippled texture on our handscraped boards gives the impression of years of wear, particulalry when laid out across a large space. They are particularly suited to older and listed properties.

The new unfinished 220mm x 15mm board is available at £33.50/m2. It has a pre-oiled equivelant at £35.50/m2.

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New Hardwood Oak Decking 145mm x 28mm

20 June 2014

So that we can supply you off the shelf and in record time, we have built up a stock of pre-machined 145mm x 28mm oak decking

These are available in lengths are 2.5m, 3.25m and 3.5m and are pre-finished with two coats of woca oil, saving onsite fitting time. This gives the boards a warm, natural finish and added protection.

Oak blends sympathetically with an English garden and, as a slow grown hardwood, will provide years of service. Don’t forget, to finish off your decking we supply oak balustrade, including handrail, baserail, posts, spindles and infill

We also have all the fitting accessories you need, such as stainless steel screws and plugs. Don’t forget to request your free sample.


Oak Smooth Decking 145mm x 28mm -- £40.95 + VAT

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Round Wood of Mayfield
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East Sussex
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