Established
By JAMES in the new forest

Designed in Oak is a company established in The New Forest by James Palmer. James draws on a wealth of knowledge and experience in the oak framing business across two decades working with home owners, builders and commercial clients alike across the south of England. 

Together with skilled, experienced partners carefully chosen over a 20 year period, we offer a full ‘concept to completion’ service.

So regardless if you have full planning drawings or just an idea of what you require, we can work with you to deliver an ‘on budget’ and ‘on time’ solution. We are happy to use our experience to project manage allowing you to relax whilst we bring all the trades and services together.

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James Palmer, Designed in Oak, Oak Builders

Looking after you
& your oak building

Our expert team will always be on hand throughout the design and build process to answer any questions you may have. 

Manufacturing
Expert Advice
After Care

We manufacture traditional oak frames using either unseasoned or seasoned oak to suit the application all subject to structural engineering calculations and building regulations approval (where applicable). Mortise and tenon connections are used throughout the frame, and these together with tried and tested joints provide a stable and reliable frame for all our buildings.

Having designed and built in excess of 2000 expertly crafted oak framed buildings, from garages to garden rooms, we can create the custom oak structure for you. We are able to advise on not only the best way to achieve your  individual design but also the most economical way to use the strength of the oak to its full potential. We will work with you to provide character and to blend your building in to its surroundings. Internally we will consult with architectural technicians, engineers and building regulations consultants to ensure the building complies to all relative regulations. Our comprehensive design service comes as part of our package.

Once we have completed your bespoke oak framed building, and have formally signed the structure off with you, we provide ongoing support and contact should you need any further advice during the life of your building. 

We are very mindful of the waste produced from building in the UK and work very hard to ensure we source all of our materials from sustainable sources. We also aim to recycle everything possible from the site making us as green as possible.