The design of Peter’s house takes advantage of a fine southerly view down the valley towards Presteigne. The single storey wing which accommodates the kitchen/living room features a wide picture frame window, letting a lot of light in and taking the eye down the hill.

All the other windows of this house are designed to fit within the SIPs envelope and are conventional joinery casement windows

Exterior of windows in an oak frame house

The picture window is different however and has been created to mirror the style and green oak framing of the main structure. Once the SIPs had been installed, we came back to site to assemble the frame, slot and secure it into the factory-cut opening ready to receive the glazing using a system called face applied glazing. This is where the glazing is essentially clamped to the outside of the oak using kiln dried oak cover boards. Rubber weather seals and clever detailing will keep the rain out and allow the green oak frame to move as it dries out. We’ll update you on this blog when the glazing is being fitted and show you the process…

Next week: Sandblasting the frame and installing the first floor joists

About the author:

Rob Dawson built a stunning oak frame home in 2009 for less than £100,000. He is now the owner and founder of Castle Ring Oak Frame.

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