Author Archives: louismawgreenoak

About louismawgreenoak

I started timber framing fifteen years ago in the South West of England, working mostly for the Timber Framing Company. For the past fourteen years I have worked as a sole trader in the UK and France. Most of the projects you see on this website are in Somerset, Gloucestershire and Dorset, with a growing number in the Dordogne. In October 2011, I set up Charpentes Louis Maw, a French-registered business in the Dordogne. We design and build green oak and Douglas fir timber frames in the Charente, Lot-et-Garonne, Gironde, Dordogne and surrounding areas of South-West France.

Renovation work begins at The Barn

A year has passed and you are probably wondering – well, what happened? We left you on a cliffhanger with the application for our permis handed in just before Christmas! As is the way in life, unexpected events intervened and … Continue reading

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Seeking permission to build

Stormy weather hit us in December. Although the worst of it was on the west coast, we were still badly hit in Dordogne, with 70 mile an hour winds and lashing rainstorms. Memories of the storm that devastated France in 1999 … Continue reading

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French architects’ verdict on The Barn

‘L’Ancienne Grange’ or ‘The Barn’ as we imaginatively call it, is a very old oak framed barn in the Riberac area of northern Dordogne. As you can see, it’s still very much in its ‘barn’ phase at the moment, and … Continue reading


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