Oak Beams ‘Renaissance’ Combines the Best of the Old and the New

The Daily Telegraph highlighted this week the growing phenomenon of using old oak beams in new build properties.

The paper took as an example Marycombe, in Devon. This building is made with the convenience of modern buildings in mind, but also owing a large debt to the skilled crafts of the past, especially oak carpentry and wood conservation. The farmhouse-style building is made from stone hewn from the land it is sited on and framed with centuries old oak beams.

Marycombe, which overlooks the Kingsbridge estuary in the South Hams, was designed and built by Roger Robinson, who told the Telegraph that “the green, unseasoned oak frame has been reinvented. People love the idea of a new house with authentic character.”

Roger hailed what he sees as a renaissance in traditional building skills in the UK, which are marrying the best of the old and the new. He first became fascinated with old buildings in the 1980s, doing work with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings campaigning to save old farmhouses from ugly, ill-thought out conversions.