Craftsmen-led business Carpenter Oak is developing an international reputation for its bespoke timber-framed homes.
Based in East Cornworthy, near Totnes, it has dispatched a giant oak frame to St Petersburg in Russia, where it will be used as a cover for a luxury private swimming pool.
The contract, valued at £124,000, has seen the timber frame already shipped over to Russia, where a team from the Devon company will head over in September to advise contractors undertaking the build.
Carpenter Oak, which is made up of a team of 30 skilled craftsmen based at the firm's six workshops, has grown from a four-strong operation since the turn of the millennium.
Its website showcases a wealth of beautiful traditional and contemporary builds; from homes that have featured on Grand Designs to an Isle of Wight house which incorporates a boat as a look-out point, to a historic-style timber framed farmers market in Yorkshire.
It has also has built a showhome that's so efficient, it can be heated on the equivalent energy generated by just six lightbulbs.
The company takes as much pride in showcasing the team that has made the projects happen.
"We're very employee focused," says co-director Lee Manning.
Staff can also bring suggestions to the table for community projects that, says Mr Manning, "make no business sense," but keep the team motivated, interested and involved. Support from UK Trade and Investment has seen Carpenter Oak develop its export sales and confidence in handling overseas business.
It is currently tendering for a job in Japan – to build a coffee house – and following up enquiries from Australia and Norway.
"We see international markets as huge for us and are seeing where they take us," says Mr Manning.
A deal being discussed with a barn conversion specialist in the US could see Carpenter Oak ship its frames to Texas. This could see the two companies put together a sales package to include a UK visit to see historic UK buildings in situ, for clients.
Bolstered by UKTI's Passport to Export programme, Carpenter Oak's televised Grand Designs projects also continue to open up opportunities both at home and overseas.
"Every time they are shown, we seem to get a new job," Mr Manning said.