Timber Frame Glazing

The post and beam nature of traditional timber frames inherently lends itself towards having large glazed areas. It is therefore perfect for a garden room, conservatory, or even the whole gable end of a building where people want a lot of light or have a good view. We use a face glazing system, now an accepted standard in the green Oak industry. This is where the insulated glass unit is sandwiched between the timber frame and an oak cover strip with rubber gaskets to stop water penetration. Floating on the outside of the frame, rather than between the frame allows the timber to move and shrink without cracking the glass. Although it is impossible to guarantee the stability of green oak, with judicious timber selection and careful design it is possible to minimise the problems associated with it. It is also worth remembering that the slower a bit of timber dries the less it will shrink, and we generally advise people to keep central heating to a minimum to begin with and making sure any fully glazed rooms are well vented in summer.

We can also build more conventional rebated glazing, but this requires the use of much drier, better quality wood where you can guarantee minimal movement and shrinkage.

"Every morning I have a wonderful time of meditation and prayer in `your` garden room! It`s a joy to be part of the space and has a great natural feel to it. It is also excellently crafted and superbly warm. The room is filled with light, and it`s a special place to retreat to"

− Rev. David Ursell, Cheriton Bishop, Devon

"Tom and his team built us a stunning conservatory using oak from our own tree. It is beautiful and exactly what we wanted. Tom listened to our plans, and adapted our architect’s drawings to make them workable, and arrived with all the oak cut and ready to assemble on site.

If we ever build a house...it will be Tom we will call"

− Trish Padwicke, Briantspuddle, Dorset

"Tom MacCurrach’s design and build of our beautiful oak gazebo is now licensed for civil ceremonies and has already paid for itself in the first year. If you want a highly professional, personal service working with a craftsman, then look no further."

− Matt Rawlingson Plant, Longhouse Weddings, Bruton