According to a builder friend of ours it has rained every day in Presteigne for 48 consecutive days! Not all day every day, but still pretty miserable.

It is something of a minor miracle therefore that Les and his team of soggy builders have managed to do anything at all to the outside of Peter’s house. And, as you can see, they have indeed been busy. A much needed break in the weather finally allowed me at least to take some photos on a sunny day.

gable end oak frame home

All the external triple glazed windows and doors have now been installed prior to the fitting of the weatherboarding

The western red cedar weatherboards are feather edged and lapped over the board below by about 40mm with just the one fixing so that boards can easily be replaced if necessary in the future. Look carefully and you’ll notice how the boards have been spaced to be level with the top of the ground floor windows and doors – neat!

western red cedar oak frame home in the process of being clad

Beautifully detailed lead work flashings can also be seen above and below the openings. The bright orange wood stands out strongly now but in a few years will have faded to a more discreet muted grey through the effects of ultra violet light. Bat boxes up in the gables blend in perfectly with the western red cedar too.

red cedar bat box

The external boarding has been designed to ‘sit’ on a natural stone plinth and the locally quarried stone is due for delivery any day soon. As soon as it has been laid, we’ll be able to complete our oak framing by installing a lean-to porch on the north elevation.

western red cedar timber frame home with weatherboarding

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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