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The oak porch has added character to the 'house on the hill'
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Clients Name: Laura Thornton
Dimensions: 1800mm (w) x 1400mm (d)
Location: Bentham, North Yorkshire

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Oak Porch For Sale Just At The Perfect Time

It’s not often we have ‘ready made’ porches to sell directly to clients, as everything is made to order. Very occasionally, though, we do. A few years ago we had made a lovely oak porch for someone, and then their circumstances changed. We advertised the porch on our @oakporches and @oakbydesign Instagram pages and Laura saw the porch and contacted us.

Laura runs a holiday cottage rental business in the North Yorkshire town of Bentham, near Ingleborough, one of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks . Set in the countryside, in a very private position, the house is perfect for up to 8 people who what to enjoy the Yorkshire Dales and Lancashire coastline and surrounding area.

'New Thornber' and the New Oak Porch To Finish off the House

We spoke to Laura recently and asked her about the oak porch and her holiday cottage.

“When I was a child living in the village, I remember thinking ‘When I grow up I’d like that house on the hill’.

“Fast forward 20 years and my tenant, in a rental cottage I owned, gave notice. I was considering selling it to look for a larger house in the area to run as a holiday cottage let, and New Thornber came on the market for sale. It couldn’t have been better timing.”

“3 viewings and a house auction later, and I’m picking up the keys!”

The property, is a 15 minute walk to Bentham and a 5 minute drive to Ingleton. It was built in the 1970’s by the previous owners on what was believed to have been the granary of the Thornber Estate. The house hadn’t been lived in for some time and needed a full renovation.

Laura, together with her parents, did a lot of the work, bringing in tradesmen where necessary. A lot of the stonework to the house had been loose and had to rebuilt. Once completed, Laura felt that the relatively new build house was lacking character so she started to look into adding a porch.

The Oak Porch Has Created A Beautiful Welcome To This Stunning Holiday Cottage

She continued: - “I already followed @oakporches on Instagram for inspiration as I was thinking of getting one. When you advertised a ready-made oak porch for sale, it was pretty much the perfect size!”

The oak porch is 1800mm wide and 1400mm deep. It was designed to sit on a dwarf wall of approx.. 800mm high. It has 2 curved brackets to the front face, and 2 curved brackets to each side. Stop chamfers finish the edges of the oak posts and it was finished with 2 coats of Osmo Polyx UV in 429 finish.

Again, fate had stepped in for Laura!

We offered to make Laura a couple of oak seat tops for both sides of the porch. She chose to have the front edges engraved with NEW THORNBER and ENJOY THE MOMENT.

“My dad and I went to the local machinery auction sale and bought pallets of stone, matching as close as we could to the existing house to use to build the dwarf walls. Lots of measuring to get it precisely to fit the porch. I was helped by my Dad and brother-in-law, they lifted the frame up with the digger! I was 8 months pregnant so I couldn’t help with this bit - which made it even more nerve-wracking to watch!! The house and porch were pointed up together which also helps it look like it's always been there.”

“It's made a huge difference to the overall appearance of the house, it's a beautiful welcome for our holidaying guests. Perfect for perching on the walls for a brew with a view”

In the end Laura decided not to add the seat tops to the porch as she said it’s really lovely just to perch on the walls. She didn’t waste the seat tops though. She made them into kitchen shelves instead - which she just loves! These can be seen on white wrought iron brackets on the kitchen photo’s.

If you’d like more information on New Thornber, see the booking website

Laura’s Instagram page is HERE

If you take a holiday at New Thornber, don’t forget to take a photo from the porch, and tag us in it!

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The Benefits of Adding an Oak Porch to Your Home

Oak porches are a popular addition to many homes, offering both aesthetic appeal and practical benefits. This article will explore the advantages of adding an oak porch to your home, focusing on three key areas: increased property value, enhanced curb appeal, and improved functionality.

One interesting statistic that highlights the value of oak porches is their ability to increase property value. According to a study conducted by the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), adding an oak porch can increase the value of a property by up to 5%. This percentage may vary depending on factors such as location and size of the porch, but it demonstrates the positive impact that this feature can have on overall property worth.

In addition to boosting property value, oak porches also contribute significantly to enhancing curb appeal. The natural beauty and timeless charm of oak create an inviting entrance that immediately catches the eye. A well-designed porch not only adds character and visual interest but also complements the architectural style of your home. This attention to detail creates a cohesive look that appeals to potential buyers or visitors.

Apart from aesthetics, oak porches offer practical benefits in terms of functionality. They provide shelter from inclement weather conditions such as rain or snow when entering or leaving your home. Additionally, they serve as transitional spaces between indoors and outdoors, allowing you to remove outdoor clothing before entering your living area. These functional aspects not only enhance convenience but also add value by improving daily living experiences for homeowners.

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 characteristics.

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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!

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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We are delighted with our porch, from Oak by Design. Not only is the porch of excellent quality and finish but their customer service could not have been better. They bent over backwards to make sure that we were happy with the porch and I would happily recommend them to anyone.

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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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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.

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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.

We decided to get an oak porch to make our home more attractive and we are so glad we did as it really is beautiful ! Joanne and the Team have been professional, friendly and just a pleasure to deal with ! Thank you so much !!

A fabulous service and supportive through the design and delivery process. Highly recommended

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 have made 2 oak framed rooms for us, sunroom at the front and and "moonroom" (photo) at the back which encompasses a shower room, work area and storage. They have been helpful at every stage and the outcome is simply brilliant. They make the whole house feel roomier and brighter and are beautiful places to be. GE North Yorkshire

On behalf of Shears PHG Our customer was looking at having an oak porch built for their property in the West Midlands we got in contact with Joanne at Oak by Design and she was really helpful, always friendly on the phone and polite nothing was too much trouble. Joanne kept us up to date through every stage and our customer is really pleased with the results of the Porch it looks great and we wouldn’t hesitate to use them again in the future

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

We worked with Jamie from Oak By Design on a super project near Wetherby. There was plenty of oak in this design for the team to really show their worth - and they did. The attention to detail was excellent. If anything was not quite how the client wanted it, they were straight back to attend to this. The customer care was superb. We look forward to working with Oak By Design on another project soon.

I wish I could give more starts!! We looked at many companies before finally choosing Oak by Design. We are so glad we chose them. They were excellent from start to finish. They worked with us to find a workable design that was to our liking. Our door looks amazing (despite the building site that still surrounds it!). Their customer service is of the highest standard, Joanne could not do enough to help us. I would not hesitate to recommend them.