The last few days, while Shaun recovers from a Back Muscles Twinge injury, we have been surveying for all the Oak timber we would need for the external features of the house (and garage). We do need to do this task anyway soon, as we are nearing the completion of building the roof structure and the next job would be to install the facia and guttering before we can proceed to lay down the roof boards (because the first line of boards overlaps the facia edge).
The main external features we have to survey are gutters, windows, doors, corners, conservatory and garage. Each has a collection of different dimensions (like thickness, width and length) and we needed to do a survey and quantify what we will need and make up an order to a timber merchant who often have “rules” like minimum order pack sizes for any given thickness or length.
The list below is the approximate quantities in cubic metres as follows: (Note: the timber merchants prices this way, so just imagine a solid block of wood 1 metre wide, 1 metre high and 1 metre deep – yes big!)


  • 100 metres of Gutters – 1.0 m³
  • 12 Windows – 1.1 m³
  • 3 Doors – 0.2 m³
  • 16 Corners – 0.3 m³


  • 12 Windows – 0.5 m³
  • 1 door – 0.1 m³
  • 4 corners – 0.25 m³
  • Roof’s Hip and Ridge Beams – 0.2 m³
  • 14 Rafters – 0.25 m³


  • 11 Windows – 0.5 m³
  • 3 door – 0.25 cube
  • 4 corners – 0.1 m³
  • 38 metres of Facia – 0.2 m³


All this adds up to a grand total of 5 cubic metres of Oak Timber!
We would split the order into two parts so we don’t have large quantity of oak lying about before they were used.

By Shaun

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