A green oak framed home in England


This is a traditionally pegged green oak framed home built by Steve Gumble of Harts of Oak in England. The exterior walls are lapped [Pattern No.234 of A Pattern Language]. Generally natural organisms such as fish, trees etc. have rough outside coats made from a number of similar but not identical overlapping elements. A wall built using the same principals is easy to repair and helps people to relate to the building.


A traditionally framed building like this can last for 300 to 500 years. Peak acorn production for an oak tree is around 80  to 120 years. It takes about 150 years before an oak tree is ready to use in construction. By the time this building has reached the end of its life, two to three times as many oak trees can be grown to replace the ones used to build this home.