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Oak Beams? ~ You must be barking!

Category: Barn Conversion Journal May 14th, 2007 by mbc

When working through the detailed design for the barn we decided to use oak beams to support the first floor rather than steels. That seems like a sensible decision; whilst costing more, from the perspective of aesthetics and ‘healthy house’ design the choice was clear.

Now I’m trying to set the budget, the madness begins. I’ve had two prices – one from a website and one from a national timber products (floors, doors …) supplier with shops across the country & glossy ads in all the self-build maqazines. The two prices vary by a factor of 10.

Whilst one is an installed price and the other an out-of-the-factory-door-undelivered price, that’s still one heck of a variance and one that makes me question the choice we’ve made.

[EDIT: After double checking figures and canvasing opinion: whilst both prices still stand, the lower and more acceptable one appears achievable and so the wood stays!]

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Borax as a wood preservative
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the things done on not enough money…
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  1. hardworkinghippy Says:


    I’ve been reading your comments in “Treehugger” and popped in to see your blog. It’s great.

    I had to laugh about this post on oak beams, we’re using oak and chestnut from our land and people will keep saying, “Why don’t you just buy the wood, you’re giving yourselves too much work.”!

    I’ll come back in to see how you’re getting on.

  2. Building Progress ~ December 2007, week 1 and 2 | my barn conversion Says:

    […] of the structural elements that will form a finished part of the building have been installed. Our much debated oak beams, that were selected over steel beams as a key element of our healthy house design have been […]

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