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Oak Buildings - Design and Planning

Anthony Hicks has an experienced design team with years of combined specialist knowledge of traditional oak timber framed buildings and the techniques and materials used to build them, working on a variety of projects from the repair and modification of existing structures to the design of new oak framed houses and oak framed extensions.

Our designers have extensive experience of producing plans and drawings and can call upon our expert knowledge of traditional timber framed buildings allowing us to work with as much or as little input from our client in order to achieve the best results possible. The flexibility of the team mean that while we often create buildings from scratch, we also work in unison with architects as frame designers and are happy to be a specialist part of a design team.

Our experienced design team has created a wide range of oak framed extensions and buildings that complement and blend in with existing properties and their immediate surroundings. AutoCAD or hand drawn plans are used to illustrate our designs through the various stages of the proposal.

Anthony Hicks has a long track record of successful negotiations with conservation officers and local authorities, resulting in many successful builds and installations. The frame drawings we provide are detailed enough to allow a structural engineer to make necessary calculations to ensure all relevant building regulations are met, whilst allowing our craftsmen to build the frame to the agreed design.

Occasionally an existing oak frame will need to be repaired or replaced and according to the nature of the work undertaken we offer a survey and drawing service to meet these needs.

A barn conversion is a typical example where we would initially visit the property to assess the condition of the existing timber frame on site. As a result of this inspection a repair schedule would be created which could include a detailed drawing of the frame elevations. The repair schedule is laid out in a logical manner making it easy to understand and ensures that both the Conservation Officer and client can see exactly which timbers need to be repaired or replaced.

At times, works to historic buildings will occasionally require an historic building report to highlight the important architectural and historic elements of the structure, including its development and previous alterations. We have extensive experience at producing historic building reports with our specialist focus on the timber-framed element of the building.

Design & Planning

“ The finished product is testament to the enthusiasm and professional attitude that is Anthony Hicks, from the start stages of design through to the fabrication and build of the oak frame and associated works the project was carried out with exceptional care and attention to detail and I cannot thank the team enough for beautiful home that we now enjoy.”
Mr & Mrs Mason, Nr Maidstone, Kent
“ We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all at Anthony Hicks. The whole team were extremely professional and efficient from the initail design meetings through to Practical completion. We are extremely proud of what has been produced and would not hesitate to recommend them”
Mr & Mrs Fraser
“ We took a long time to find the right company to build our dream but it was worth it, "we found the best"”
Mr & Mrs Duggleby
“ We have been very pleased with all the work which Anthony Hicks have done for us. They have shown very great attention to detail, and provide excellent and personal customer service.”
Mr & Mrs D
“ We would not hesitate to recommend Anthony Hicks as a company. Simply put, they are a fantastic group of people who are very good at what they do and who always ensure that they do the best job possible.”
Mr & Mrs Vernon
“ I have used Anthony Hicks three times now on projects and I have recommended them to several friends who have also used their services. There are many people professing to build this type of structure and the magazines are littered with such adverts. However none of them in my opinion match the design and finish that Anthony Hicks can provide. I definitely think they use more timber and bigger sizes in the construction. The last building was almost entirely constructed without any metal fittings on the frame as it would have been hundreds of years ago . I am now looking for a site for a new build and I will be speaking to Anthony Hicks in the future”
Mr & Mrs Andrews

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