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Clients Name: Geoffrey & Carol Edwards
Location: North Yorkshire


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In November Geoffrey Edwards contacted Richard Penny with regards to a quotation for 2 oak framed extensions: a sunroom and a second utility/office area.

Together, with wife Carol, both keen gardeners, they wanted to extend their home. They wanted to provide an oak sunroom to be able to enjoy their beautiful garden when inside.

A Victorian railway property in a former life, the home would also benefit from a second room. A glazed oak and brick built room to provide a home office, and storage/utility area with en-suite shower room.

Richard sent photo's from a previous project that had similarities, together with a ballpark quotation and informed them the lead times were approx. 6 – 10 weeks.

In January, they contacted Richard again. Although they were happy with the quotation they couldn't find a builder to provide the building works required for the 2 oak framed extensions. They said they would get back in touch once they had.

A number of weeks later, though, they managed to find Mark, a builder based near Goole. A site visit was arranged at the beginning of February with Richard, Mark and Geoff.

Mark intended to start work in June and the first oak framed extension to be ready shortly after.

Little did they know that a worldwide pandemic was imminent!

The First Phase of the Oak Framed Extensions Starts

On March 23rd Geoff wondered, in an email to Richard, 'Will the virus affect the building schedule?"

An innocent question at the time but one that proved to be crucial to this particular project!

The production at Oak by Design closed as per Government guidelines, but the sales team continued to work from home.

Mark started the work on the first of the oak framed extension (the sunroom) footings in July. After various emails back and forth, and awaiting details from the Architects, the final drawings were received. The oak framework started in production when the team returned, and delivery made in August.

The oak sunroom framework forms 2 main sides and a third, part side return and fits between 2 walls of the main property. The 2 main sides are completely glazed and a set of 3 bi-fold doors lead out onto a paved area and then into the garden.

Internally, a pair of oak Pattern 10 doors lead back into the existing sitting room and another single oak Pattern 10 door, with a glazed panel above, leads back into another room.

2 of the blue header stones (which create a curve) above the single door had slipped years ago. Rather than putting them back Geoff decided to template a piece of oak in the area above the door, and scribe around them to celebrate the imperfection!

This room is easily accessible from different rooms in the house, and is filled with light.

The Second Phase Isn't Quite as Straightforward!

Phase 2 needed scheduling for manufacturing in October. As well as the actual framework the couple wanted oak internal doors, skirting boards and architrave.

However, throughout the year, various pandemic issues stalled the project. As we all know, staffing issues and lack of materials generally slowed down everything, everywhere. The architect ended up in hospital, which meant any major amendments required, were on hold throughout this time.

Like many builders, Mark had to try and juggle a few jobs, working when materials and manpower became available!

Fortunately, we had a full order book and managed to swap around manufacturing spaces to keep Geoff's project always 'ready to start', once required.

The project continued being delayed well into the next year, but eventually everything came together.

One of the sides of the oak framed extension on the second utility/home office area has been completed with bricks and not glazed units. Glazed units are fit above, within the mono truss.

This has formed an unusual solid wall within the room, but with light still coming in. Within the extensions, a shower room has been built at the height of the solid wall. (See photo's below). A ledge and braced boarded oak door within an oak door lining together with oak skirting boards and architrave, finish the room.

This room has oak framed glazed units and an opening window. These, together with a full length glazed unit forms the second side of the oak building.

The third side is fully glazed with an external door leading outside to a beautiful dappled seating area.

Also, within the room, a chunky oak glazed frame has now replaced the existing external window (now internal) and an oak Pattern 10 (all glazed)door leads into the kitchen.

Geoff and Carol asked Oak by Design for a 'rough piece of timber, approx.. 8cm x 10cm x 3m". They used this to form a suspended light fitting. They managed to recess 3 pin sockets into the thicker edge and now have a bespoke light fitting (see photo below).

Both the rooms have under floor heating and a tiled floor. Velux windows and glazed roof panels ensure as much light fills the rooms as possible.

The oak has been finished with Osmo's Polyx UV oil Clear (420)

Leaving a review on Google, now the couple have settled into their new rooms, Geoff said:

"Oak By Design have made 2 oak framed extensions for us: a sunroom at the front and 'moon-room' at the back, which encompasses a shower room, work area and storage.

They have been helpful at every stage and the outcome is brilliant. The oak buildings make the whole house feel roomier and brighter and are beautiful places to be".

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Advantages of Oak Conservatories

Oak conservatories offer a myriad of benefits that make them a popular choice among homeowners seeking to enhance their living spaces. The timeless allure and natural beauty of oak, combined with its remarkable durability, create an atmosphere that is both inviting and refined.

One advantage of oak conservatories is their ability to seamlessly integrate with the surrounding environment. The use of this exquisite material allows for the creation of harmonious spaces that blend effortlessly into any landscape. The rich, warm tones and distinctive grain patterns evoke a sense of tranquility, making oak conservatories the perfect retreat for relaxation and contemplation.

In addition to their aesthetic appeal, oak conservatories are renowned for their longevity. Oak is known for its resilience and strength, ensuring that these structures will endure for generations to come. This inherent durability also reduces maintenance requirements, making oak conservatories a cost-effective investment in the long run.

Furthermore, oak conservatories provide excellent thermal insulation. The natural properties of oak allow it to retain heat during colder months while keeping the interior cool in summer. This energy efficiency not only creates a comfortable living environment but also helps reduce heating and cooling costs.

Lastly, oak conservatories have a timeless charm that adds significant value to any property. Their classic design transcends passing trends, ensuring enduring elegance throughout the years.

In conclusion, oak conservatories offer numerous advantages including seamless integration with the surroundings, exceptional durability, superior thermal insulation, and timeless charm. These features make them an ideal choice for homeowners seeking to create sophisticated and captivating living spaces that stand the test of time.

The Difference Between Green Oak and Air-Dried Oak

Green oak and air-dried oak are two distinct types of timber that differ in their characteristics. Understanding these differences is crucial for anyone involved in the construction or woodworking industry.

When comparing green oak to air-dried oak, one can draw an analogy with the concept of aging wine. Just as wine needs time to mature and develop its unique flavors, green oak requires a seasoning process to achieve optimal quality.

During the seasoning process, green oak gradually loses moisture content through natural drying methods. This reduction in moisture not only improves the stability of the wood but also prevents excessive movement and shrinkage over time. It is comparable to how aging wine develops complexity while maintaining stability.

On the other hand, air-dried oak undergoes a different drying method. Once cut into sizeable timber pieces, it is left outside to dry naturally over an extended period. The exposure to open air allows for gradual moisture loss through evaporation, resulting in lower moisture content compared to green oak.

The metaphorical comparison between green oak and aging wine helps illustrate how both processes require patience and time for desirable outcomes. Just as aged wine showcases its refined qualities after years of maturing, air-dried oak represents a stable and reliable material due to its prolonged seasoning period.

In summary, understanding the distinction between green oak and air-dried oak is essential when choosing timber for construction purposes. Whether opting for freshly felled or naturally dried wood, each has its advantages based on specific project requirements and desired characteristi

Double Glazing: Enhancing Thermal Efficiency in Buildings

In the realm of building construction and design, the implementation of effective insulation systems plays a pivotal role in ensuring optimal thermal performance. One such prominent solution is double glazing, which has gained significant attention due to its ability to augment energy efficiency within enclosed spaces. This article aims to explore the fundamental characteristics and benefits of double glazing as a means of retaining heat while preventing cold air infiltration.

Double glazing, also known as a double glazed unit (DGU), comprises two glass sheets that are separated by a spacer bar. The resulting air gap between these panes acts as an insulating barrier, enhancing the window's thermal resistance properties. By effectively trapping air or employing insulating gas fills, this innovative system creates a protective shield against external temperature fluctuations.

The concept of double glazing can be likened to a delectable sandwich - two layers of bread encasing an enticing filling. In this analogy, the glass sheets represent the sturdy bread slices that protect and encapsulate the room's interior from external influences. Meanwhile, the air gap serves as the tantalising filling that ensures utmost comfort by preventing heat loss and cold intrusion.

As discerning building experts, it is crucial to acknowledge the significance of incorporating efficient insulation solutions like double glazing into our designs. Through their exceptional thermal insulation capabilities, these units facilitate energy conservation by minimising heat transfer across windows. By utilising metaphors such as sandwiches with delightful fillings, we can evoke emotional responses in our audience while maintaining an objective academic writing style throughout our discourse on this essential subject matter.

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My client was looking for ways in which to make his conversion (of an early seventies house into a period family farmhouse) “stand out from the crowd”. whilst maintaining a commercial eye on his expenditure, as the house was being converted for resale profit. Making the choice to meet with Richard and explore possibilities for incorporating some Real solid Oak features into his plans proved to be the making of the project. By taking lots of advice from Richard on both the size and structure of the components we were able to incorporate three key features. The beautiful and bold roof trusses and purlins for the open plan kitchen are simply a joy to behold. The stunning full height gable window which is directly glazed into the large framework can be appreciated from both the the kerbside and of course from within the cosy snug on the ground floor or the amazing first floor main bedroom where we incorporated some additional exposed roof beams just purely for effect. All in all it is fair to say that these significant choices certainly created the wow factor my client was looking for. Having managed to pre sell the property well before completion it in itself demonstrates the benefits of keeping these sorts of real oak features as part of a modern build. I have no hesitation whatsoever is saying that if anyone is looking to get advice and is serious about investing in quality oak products they should have no need to look further than Oak by Design. Thanks again Richard for all your help , guidance and continued support which is a credit to you and the craftsmen you employ.

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Found Oak by Design searching for a new front porch to replace a canopy and knew immediately that this was company for the job and I was not disappointed. I already knew what I wanted and Richard, very patiently, developed my basic requirements, with a number of iterations, into a full detailed design. As I live outside their site working area I decided go for supply only and to install the porch myself. It was delivered as promised and it looked great even on the pallet! It took me a while to fit but it was very satisfying and the result is fantastic. The quality of the aged oak and carpentry of the timbers is excellent. I’m delighted with the porch supplied by Oak by Design - it looks superb.

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From the moment we visited the Oak Design showroom, we knew that we were dealing with a top quality local company. Richard the owner, showed us around his design works with real pride of his product and service offering. Jamie as sales executive has discussed and agreed the options & design with costs to us and we have now implemented the first phase of our home improvement, with more work to follow. We are highly delighted with the finished product and would strongly recommend Oak Design to other interested clients. I also suggest that you pay them a personal visit at the Home Building & Renovation exhibition in Harrogate, as well as their wonderful showroom of Oak Solutions in Tockwith to get a personal guided tour.

Amazing craftsmanship from this company. The customer service from Joanne was superb. My questions and indecisiveness were never an issue and she was always on hand to offer advice and find the answers to my questions. Our oak porch has transformed the house and we are over thd moon with it. Would highly recommend Oak By Design. Joanne is an asset to the sales and promotion of this company and is very knowledgeable. Would give 10 stars if I could!

Perfect from start to finish. The service is above and beyond. Pleasure to install

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On behalf of John Docherty: Oak By Design were a great company to deal with; helpful, knowledgeable, professional. The quality of the oak supplied to us for our bespoke porch was first class. Nothing was too much trouble for this company, and we will definitely be using this wonderful company again in 2022.

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First class service and product . Our car port and steps look fantastic and blends in with the existing buildings beautifully. Would definitely recommend them.

Oak by design were a fantastic company to deal with. They made us some treads for a bespoke stair case from large pieces of air dried oak. They were very thorough in making sure that they understood exactly what we wanted. They made excellent suggestions for small changes to our own design in order to produce a better finished product and to manage the cost. We were very happy with the treads when they were delivered. They look fantastic and fitted perfectly to the steel frame which was made by a third party. I could not recommend them more highly.

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Great company, always on the end of the phone to talk through design, measurements, fitting. The Oak is very high standard, looks amazing.

Firstly, the product quality was superb, a beautiful oak mantle piece for my fire place, gorgeous. The installation was quick, efficient and fitter very friendly. The price was very reasonable, actually very good value. But what makes it all SIX STAR, ( but we I can only give 5!), was the customer service. When walking in the shop I was perfectly attended to, I was given samples to take home and they remembered to call soma days later to see what I thought. Order to install time was very fast for such a bespoke service. My experience was world class, great to deal with a brilliant local/small business, I totally recommend.