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Clients Name: Robert
Dimensions: 3920mm (w) x 1300mm (d)
Location: Pontefract

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Reference: 17121

Oak porch needed to add more character to the brick-built home

Arable farmer Robert has the enviable position of having a beautiful brick-built home on his family farm in Yorkshire. He approached Oak by Design for a bespoke oak porch in late December 2018, and discussed his requirements with Joanne on the phone.

The porch he required was to be nearly 4 metres wide and 1.3 metres deep.

Having a wide porch on the front of his property would provide Robert with some protection from the elements and add even more character to his home.

The oak porch needed to have one roof that ran from a wall plate from the house side above the door. The wall the door is on, is set back slightly (210mm) from the main house and the porch needed to accommodate this.

The two front posts were to sit on 2 small brick-built pilasters, the return beams slightly longer than the depth of the porch, sitting snugly into the brickwork of the house wall. This does away with having back posts.

Robert came across from Pontefract with his father. They had a detailed sketch of the oak porch he wanted for the house he had converted 5 years earlier. His home was an orangery in an old walled garden on the farm near Pontefract.

The Verdict of the oak porch

Fortunately for Robert and his Father, the Oak by Design joiners were in the process of just finishing a couple of similar porches for a builder in the South of England and they could, therefore, have a good look over the finished items.

Having a keen interest in construction and manufacturing, seeing the traditional mortice and tenon joints pleased the pair!

After approval of a detailed drawing, sent out to Robert, the porch went into production. Once produced it was finished with 2 coats of Osmo Polyx UV oilOnce the porch was ready, Robert and his father came to collect the porch with their trailer.

A few weeks later Robert had installed the bespoke oak porch, sourcing Westmoreland slate to match the existing roof on The Orangery.

Already a beautiful building, Robert said ‘The oak porch has just finished it off.’

It certainly looks as though it should be there!

Factors to Consider When Building an Oak Porch

Building an oak porch is a significant investment that requires careful consideration and planning. This article will discuss three key factors to consider when embarking on such a project: architectural compatibility, planning permission requirements, and maintenance considerations.

One crucial factor to consider when building an oak porch is its architectural compatibility with your existing home. It is essential to ensure that the design of the porch harmonises with the overall style and aesthetics of your property. This can be achieved by selecting materials, finishes, and detailing that complement the existing architecture. By doing so, you create a cohesive and visually appealing structure that adds value to your home.

Before commencing any construction work on your oak porch, it is vital to research and understand the planning permission requirements in your area. Different regions have varying regulations regarding the size, height, and location of porches. Familiarise yourself with these guidelines to avoid potential legal issues or delays in your project. Engaging with local authorities or seeking professional advice can help you navigate through this process efficiently.

Lastly, it is crucial to consider the maintenance requirements associated with an oak porch. While oak is a durable material known for its longevity, regular maintenance is necessary to preserve its beauty and structural integrity. This may involve periodic cleaning, treatments such as oiling or staining, and occasional repairs if needed. Being aware of these maintenance tasks beforehand allows you to plan accordingly and ensure that your oak porch remains in optimal condition for years to come.

Characteristics of Green Oak and Air-Dried Oak

Green oak and air-dried oak are two distinct types of timber commonly used in the construction industry. Understanding their characteristics is essential for any building expert.

Green oak, obtained from freshly felled trees, typically contains a high moisture content ranging from 60% to 80%. As the oak undergoes seasoning, a natural drying process, its moisture content gradually decreases. Seasoning can occur through air drying or kiln drying methods. However, in this discussion, we will focus on air-dried oak.

Air-dried oak is cut to size and left outside to dry naturally over time. During this period, proper air circulation between the timbers aids in reducing the moisture content. On average, air-dried oak dries at a rate of approximately 25mm per year. The duration of seasoning for air-dried oak depends on its thickness and can range from three to ten years.

One notable advantage of air-dried oak over green oak is its lower moisture content. This reduced moisture level makes air-dried oak more stable and less prone to movement and shrinkage compared to green oak. Consequently, using air-dried timber in construction projects minimises the risk of warping or cracking due to changes in humidity levels.

Moreover, because green oak contains higher levels of moisture, it may continue to shrink as it dries out after installation into a structure. This ongoing shrinkage can lead to gaps appearing between joints or connections within the building elements.

In summary, while both green oak and air-dried oak have their applications in construction projects, understanding their characteristics is crucial for selecting an appropriate timber type based on factors such as stability and resistance to movement or shrinkage during use.

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From the start of our enquiry, the service provided was excellent. Joanne was a great help and the oak porch structure looks fantastic on our new build. It completely changed the look of the house. Very quick delivery could not recommend enough.

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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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