Oak Framed Extension Connects The House To The Guest Suite
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Oak Framed Extension Connects The House To The Guest Suite
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Clients Name: Robert & Vanessa Earl
Location: Boston Spa

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The first phase of the oak framed extension starts in the kitchen

Howerd, from Stott Thompson Architects based in Boston Spa, recommended Jamie, from Oak By Design to their clients Vanessa and Robert Earl.

Vanessa and Robert had recently bought their period home in the picturesque town of Boston Spa. Keen to welcome family and friends to their new home they wanted to create a separate guest suite.

Their home benefitted from a separate stone building which had been used by the previous owners for storage etc. They wanted to use this building for the guest suite, but for it to be connected to the main house.

The plans provided by Howerd Scott Thompson linked the 2 buildings by an oak framed extension.

Jamie visited the couple at their home to discuss their plans for their new home.

Their priority was to re site the house’ main staircase. Their present one had been altered over the years and wasn’t practical. They also planned to update their kitchen and needed an oak window and oak door with side lights, leading out to the garden.

They wanted to get the main house finished before embarking on the building renovation and the link extension.

Once quotations had been received and accepted, and whilst Planning Permission was being approved for the renovation, the Oak By Design team started on the first stage.

In Spring the kitchen was refurbished and the Oak By Design team installed a new oak pattern 10 (glazed) door with full height glazed side lights. This brought more light into the kitchen, as did a super oak window looking out onto the garden.

To complete the kitchen, engineered oak flooring was installed. The couple chose the Kolonial range (brushed finish) in Natural White.

They also installed oak flooring in the dining room. They chose the Kolonial range for this room but in a more traditional colour – Gothic, and in a herringbone pattern.

3 large full -length oak framed glazed units were installed int the dining room to create picture views from the room.

During this time the team removed the couples existing softwood staircase. They replaced this with a new staircase. 2 large double bullnosed steps create a grand feature, complete with oak newels, spindles and handrail. The landing benefits from a long banister looking down into the hallway. The couple chose to carpet the stairs.

As part of the internal house renovations, chunky oak frames were installed in the connecting feature stone walls between existing rooms.

The second phase features the oak framed extension

Once Planning Permission was granted the second phase began!

Jamie met with the architect, builder and clients to finalise all the details of the forthcoming build. Once confirmed the oak framed extension timbers were put into production ready for installation once the builders had finished their groundworks.

The Oak By Design team installed the framework towards the end of the year, and completed the roof for the extension.

The oak framed extension consisted of 2 glazed oak frames, one at each end of the extension, to tie the existing house in with the stone annexe. The first has glazing to 2 sides and a glazed truss and looks out onto the couples’ garden. The second one consists of a lovely glazed door with 3 full length slender glazed units. A glazed truss and glazed units to 2 sides create a perfect welcome to the home.

The Oak By Design team completed their work by installing the flooring to the extension. For this part of the house they chose the Kolonial (brushed finish) boards in a herring bone pattern. The colour choice was Gothic.

The whole renovation was completed in March.

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Green Oak vs. Air-Dried Oak: A Comparative Analysis

The utilisation of timber in construction is a time-honoured tradition, with oak being a popular choice due to its durability and aesthetic appeal. However, there are distinct differences between green oak and air-dried oak that warrant careful consideration when selecting the appropriate material for building projects.

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Air-dried oak possesses lower moisture content compared to green oak due to its lengthy seasoning period, typically ranging from three to ten years depending on thickness. This reduced moisture content enhances stability and minimises movements or shrinkage associated with timber use in construction projects.

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