Carpenter Oak Show Barn

Get inspired and see timber framing in action

Location: Devon

Completed: 2010

Features: Based on a standard three bay barn for simplicity and planning requirements, it features one bay as an occasional mezzanine space. There is a central sling brace frame between the vaulted area of the other two bays.

Requirements: A straightforward example of a crafted timber frame as a complete build alongside our work-in-progress workshop.

Frame Designer: Paul Kirkup

Cost: £140,000 - £160,000

Visit the Carpenter Oak Show Barn in Devon - much more than a show space.

It has been purpose-built in the grounds of one of our busiest workshops. Here, in the heart of our work, with all our expertise in evidence, we work with visiting clients and help hundreds of timber frame designs take shape every year.

Incorporating thousands of ideas to find the perfect one for you

Examples of several different trusses are on display in the show barn. You will see how these can bring forward other features of working with timber, using a simple structure to create a beautiful living space. We have included an elegant kitchen and an oak ladder to a mezzanine to show how practical and striking this form of design is.

As well as the show barn structure itself, we have models and samples of sustainable technology and products. These include methods to achieve optimum insulation, glazing and low energy lighting. With timber engineering providing new ways to construct with timber, we can look at materials and images that literally show the nuts and bolts of how to create the perfect frame design.

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