FAQ’s

DOES THE WOOD NEED TO BE TREATED?

Oak is famous for its’ durability against rot and infestation and so doesn’t need special treatments. Some people like to apply oak oil (boiled linseed oil) on their oak beams to slow up the drying process, but this is purely a matter of personal choice. Softwoods supplied by us are pressure treated against both rot and infestation.

WILL I REQUIRE PLANNING PERMISSION?

We advise that you obtain written clearance or planning permission from your local planning authority at the earliest stage of your project, and we can do that for you. While many of our buildings meet the planning requirements for development without permission, experience shows that permission is often required because of unique site circumstances such as being in an area of outstanding natural beauty, in a conservation area, or alongside a listed building.

HOW CAN I ARRANGE A FREE CONSULTATION?

Contact the office to book an appointment for a site visit on 01483 420458 or email us at info@surreyoakbarns.co.uk

HOW LONG WILL MY OAK FRAME LAST?

Many oak framed buildings have lasted for hundreds of years, every bit as well as others of the same age built in stone or brick. We expect that one of our oak framed buildings, on a proper foundation, will last for many centuries with reasonable maintenance – oak itself requires little or no maintenance.

WILL AN OAK FRAMED BUILDING ADD TO THE OVERALL VALUE OF MY PROPERTY?

Traditional buildings have great visual appeal, and can blend in with old and modern buildings very effectively. Our clients choose our buildings because they need the extra facilities created and wish to add an attractive and special feature to their property. In our experience our outbuildings add value to your property – for more detailed information on this you are welcome to show one of our drawings to a property expert for their opinion.

WHAT ABOUT COST?

We provide a full quotation in advance. You will find the cost of an oak framed building compares very favourably with brick or stone.

DO YOU USE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CLADDING?

Experience has shown us that, without doubt, deep, thick cut softwood is the best material for cladding however, we can use oak, Douglas fir or Cedral cladding if that is your preference or is required by your local authority planning department.

WHAT HAVE YOUR BUILDINGS BEEN USED FOR TO DATE?

Garages, summerhouses, home-offices and gyms, pool houses, pavilions, stables, garden rooms and gazebos, workshops, conservatories, home extensions, commercial offices, holiday accommodation, annexes and housing, as well as a wide variety of commercial, educational and business uses.

WHAT ABOUT INSULATION AND HEATING?

If your oak framed building is to be used for habitable purposes we are able to undertake these works or advise you accordingly.

CAN YOU INSTALL SHOWER AND WC FACILITIES IN MY BUILDING?

Yes we can provided it meets with local authority approval.

 CAN I ADD AN UPPER FLOOR TO MY BUILDING?

The timbers used in our buildings can usually support an upper floor with minor additions and amendments. Some of our clients have found this useful to add storage space to garages and stables, or to create a self-contained office or guestroom facilities.

 DO OAK FRAMED BUILDINGS COMPLY WITH BUILDING REGULATIONS?

All our buildings and groundwork comply fully with local authority building regulations and we can take care of all the paperwork that is involved for you and secure your building notice certificate on completion. Surrey Oak Barns are proud to be the only oak framed contractor to be awarded Chartered Building Company status, an accreditation which identifies those businesses at a professional level that are committed to quality of product and service, integrity of conduct and concern for customer’s needs.

WHAT IF I WANT SOMETHING UNIQUE?

Many of our clients are surprised to discover that they can create exactly what they want and we are always happy to be able to provide a bespoke design to accommodate your specific requirements…please just ask.

DO YOU OFFER A TURN-KEY SOLUTION?
We are happy to project manage as much or as little of the project as you require and our services include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Site survey
  • Design
  • Structural engineering
  • Planning
  • Building control
  • Groundwork
  • Brickwork and specialist stone work
  • Drainage
  • Barn manufacture and construction
  • Roofing and guttering
  • Internal fit out complete with electrics, plumbing, insulation, plastering and decoration.
IS THERE A GUARANTEE ON MY BUILDING?
We offer a 10 year guarantee against faulty materials or workmanship.