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"Key Benefits of an Oak Porch"

Oak Porch Ideas, Benefits & Designs

Whether you’re looking for the perfect touch to add elegance and charm to your home, or if you simply want an outdoor space that will last longer than other materials, having an timber porch offers many benefits. The following ideas from durability to sustainability and convenience, will explore the various perks that come with opting for an oak porch.

An oak porch is one of the most desired features homeowners are choosing for their homes these days. Oak provides long-lasting protection from the elements: rain, sun, wind and snow, whilst also being extremely stylish and aesthetically pleasing.

Oak is also known for its strength, making it a great option when building a structure on your property. Not only does it look good but it’s also sustainable, meaning that using this type of material can help reduce our impact on the environment. Additionally, there are several maintenance options available which make upkeep easier and more convenient so that you can enjoy your new addition worry free!

From adding value to your home to providing a beautiful outdoor living space all year round, investing has numerous advantages over traditional softwood porches. With its unique properties, aesthetic appeal and low maintenance requirements, having this addition could be just what you need to spruce up your house and take advantage of all its benefits!

Porch Ideas 1 – Aesthetic Kudos

The aesthetic value of having a solid oak porch is undeniable. It adds an unmistakable touch of style to any home, whether it’s a traditional framed porch or a more modern front porch. Timber porches make a statement about the homeowner and can be used as a great way to express your unique sense of style. As oak is durable and will last for many years, with little maintenance, it makes the ideal choice if you’re looking for something that stands the test of time while still providing plenty of beauty and charm.

Some of the larger rear mounted oak-framed porches can also provide valuable extra space in which to relax and entertain on warm summer days; they offer protection from rain during those sudden downpours, and even help to insulate against cold temperatures during winter months.

Porch Ideas 2 – Durability And Strength

Oak is renowned for its strength and durability, making it an excellent choice when constructing porches that will stand the test of time. Its dense wood grain ensures stability no matter what weather conditions may come its way. What’s more, this hardy material requires minimal upkeep; simply giving your porch a good clean, and re oiling every now and then can help keep it looking great over the years.

When combined with other materials such as brick or stone dwarf walls, timber porches become even sturdier while still retaining their timeless beauty.

Porch Ideas 3 – Increased Home Value

The advantages don’t stop at its durability and strength. Investing in this timeless material can also result in increased home value. Oak is a highly sought-after material that provides a touch of sophistication to any property, and therefore adding value. Its unique grain pattern and natural hues immediately attract potential buyers, allowing them to feel as though they’re getting something special – all while increasing the overall appeal of your home from the outside.

What’s more, thanks to its low maintenance requirements, opting for an oak porch means you won’t have to worry about costly repairs down the line. This helps keep repair costs low and eliminates the hassle associated with keeping up with regular upkeep over time – both of which contribute significantly towards maintaining high resale values on your home. So if you’re looking for a feature that will add character and charm to your property while providing you with long-term financial benefits, investing into this mini extension could be just what you need.

Oak Porches – Easy Maintenance

Not only will your oak porch look great, but it is also easy to maintain and care for. If you are wanting to keep it looking relatively new, regular re oiling will be invaluable. Leaving it to ‘silver off,’will not have a detrimental effect on the oak.

In addition to its durability and low-maintenance features, oak has excellent weatherproof qualities as well. This means that when exposed to harsh UV rays or windy conditions, the material won’t warp or fade like some other materials may. So if you live in an area prone to extreme weather patterns, investing in an oak porch could be a great choice for long-term protection against the elements. All these ideas come together to make owning a porch not only aesthetically pleasing but also highly practical too!

Protection From Elements

Many ideas include some protection from the elements. Its robust construction makes it highly resistant to wind and rain, allowing you shelter in your oak porch without having to worry about bad weather spoiling your day. Additionally, if you have an enclosed or glazed oak porch, the glazing units will protect UV rays that can damage furniture and other items kept outdoors.

Not only does an oak porch keep away annoying drafts and precipitation, but it is also low maintenance since its dense body requires little upkeep throughout the year. Furthermore, this type of wood has natural insect-repelling properties which helps reduce the chances of pests taking refuge near your home. So if convenience and comfortability are what you’re looking for in a porch design, then choosing one made from oak should make all the difference!

Creating A Bespoke Oak Porch

You may be wondering why oak is the ideal material for porches, and that’s not too hard to answer. Not only does it provide protection from the elements, but its robust construction also allows for plenty of personalising options. With your new shelter, you can choose from a variety of finishes, styles and shapes so you can create a unique outdoor space tailored to your tastes and needs. Plus, its timeless look ensures that it will stay in style for years to come!

If you want to really show off your creativity then adding some decorative touches such as a carving or adding your homes name or number. So no matter what kind of statement you’re trying to make with your porch design – whether it’s modern, traditional or something completely different – an oak porch provides all the features necessary for making your dream home entrance area come true. The height and size are all made to measure.

Design Ideas

Now that you know the benefits of having an oak porch, it’s time to get creative and start planning your entrance porch. With a variety of customisation options available, there are countless possibilities for designing your perfect space. Whether it’s a traditional style or something more modern, the beauty of oak is that it can easily be adapted to suit any kind of décor. Porch kits can be a traditional pitch or lean to design.

To make sure your design will stand out from the rest, take some inspiration from nature – adding planters with colourful flowers and plants can create a stunning look while also providing privacy and creating a peaceful ambiance. Don’t forget lighting – use string lights to give the patio a cozy feel or solar-powered lamps if you’re looking for eco-friendly solutions. With these elements combined, you’ll have an inviting and stylish outdoor oasis that you won’t want to leave!

Kits & Designs

At Oak By Design, all porches are completely made in-house. As such, we have options that can be tweaked to create your own design. The porch is made up off an easy to install kit. The kit is pre-sanded and oiled so no further joinery or finishing is required. The kit also comprises of all the accessories you will need including dowels, pellets and spare oil. The entire package is palletised and the kit is ready to go. As part of service, the kits also incudes full working working drawings.


The beauty and versatility of oak framed design cannot be overstated. These ideas include providing practical advice like noise reduction, weather protection, and improved security. It’s no wonder that having an oak porch can increase the value of your home – it adds so much charm and character!

We personally love how you can customise your dream addition to fit any style or design preference. From classic farmhouse porches to modern minimalist designs, there are endless possibilities for creating a stunning oak entrance porch.

Overall, we believe the benefits of having an oak porch far outweighs the investment in time and money required for installation. With its superior durability, strength, and range of customisation options, there is really nothing quite like it when it comes to creating beautiful outdoor spaces. The final result will surely become the centrepiece of your home!

Please feel free to reach out on 01423 593794 to discuss your project. We are here to help and advise to ensure the project goes according to plan.

Within this website, you will find over one hundred case studies showing a range of products and ideas. We also have an extensive gallery for you to browse. Each case studies will have a unique 5 digit number. Why not email us with your ideas and any reference on our website and we will take it from there?

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9 March 2023
George Davis
George Davis

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As the owner of a local joinery business, Robert Davis Joinery, I have had the pleasure of using Oak by Design on several occasions over the last 8 years. They have produced bespoke interior products for me including Oak doors and timber moldings. The staff in the office and the workshop are always very helpful and friendly and the standard of the workmanship and materials are always of a very high quality.

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.

Great service from start to finish, Joanne was great help. Designs were spot on and so happy with the porch. 10/10. Fully recommend.

I was sourcing an oak RSJ cover (circa 5m length) for my extension and found Oak by Design on the internet. All of the reviews I could were glowing and so I contacted them......And I'm so glad that I did. Joanne Fisher answered my initial call and she looked after my order from beginning to end - in terms of ensuring that I got exactly what I wanted she/they provided a superb service - everything on time - delivery in to the Peak District to suit when I wanted. The quality of the the RSJ cover is fantastic thick solid oak that matches my oak floor - looks amazing. If you want anything oak I can thoroughly recommend Oak By Design.

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.

Ordered an oak mantle beam from Oak by Design and they quickly called to check the finer details. Unfortunatly, the beam was slightly damaged on arrival by the courier company. Oak by Design immediately arranged to have it picked by DHL, transferred back to Yorkshire from Kent, repaired and sent back within 2 days, with no quibbles. The beam is beautiful, as is the high quality customer service by these people. Fully recommend using this company. Anthony Slater, Tonbridge. Tonbridge.

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

Fantastic service and quality of product. I couldn’t be happier with my Oak porch, which was designed to my specification with the minimum of fuss. Joanne was so helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Incredibly well engineered and looks fantastic. Thank you so much.

From the initial quotation right through to the delivery and after service Joanne has been brilliant and given me an excellent product. I have just ordered another porch for another project from them and I will continue to do so for future projects . Thomas and Bell Building Contractors Ltd

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

I could not recommend Oak By Design more highly. Joanne and the team worked tirelessly to resolve an issue that was the result of my mistake when I ordered the porch. Great customer service.

Spectacular service from start to finish! great design work and support from concept to installation. The builders were amazing! So pleased with the outcome! Thankyou so so much !

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!

Very impressed with Oak By Design. Customer service is fantastic and they were very patient in helping me ensure what I needed was the right size. Photos sent of oak cover before it was sent to me and end product was great. It was also not the most expensive either. Would definitely recommend.

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

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.

Working with Oak By Design on our project was a pleasure and we were delighted with the results. Joanne was extremely helpful, quick to answer any questions and generally a great person to deal with! The quality and finish of the products - RSJ covers and Oak Windows & Doors were superb and look great. Would highly recommend working with Oak By Design and would not hesitate to use their services again for future projects!

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.

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.

Great personal service to ensure we got what we needed specific to our personal requirements. Quality is outstanding and there was a helping hand there all the way. The porch we ended up with was not cheap but having looked at others the quality of the Oak by design product shines through. Very pleased with the result and the complements from both neighbours and our builders keep coming.

Posting on behalf of my Mother in Law, Shirley Abbott "Having planned to shop around, Oak By Design was my first stop. I had no need to look any further. Joanne patiently and professionally guiding me through the confusion of choosing the right flooring. The service and support from the staff was exceptional, efficient and helpful. And - my floor looks amazing!"

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.

I first used Oak by Design in 2021 for a oak porch, I used them again 2023 for an oak pergola. Both times my clients have been Delighted with the finished product. Both times the product was delivered when stated, everything i needed was on the delivery. Oak by design listened to what I required for both jobs. The quality of the oak is excellent, all joints fit correctly & if I had a problem I only had to ring and speak to them. R Brown Carpentry always recommends Oak by Design when asked about oak structures.

From start to finish Oak By Design have been incredible, nothing was too much trouble. Our new Oak doors are beautifully made and have really been the icing on the cake to finish our house renovations off. We have also had a fabulous outdoor oak structure with heating and we are very much looking forward to making the most of it in the months ahead. Thank you to the whole team I would throughly recommend.

Fantastic service from start to finish, I would have no hesitation in recommending this company or using them again. Very professional and helpful. Joanne was great in assisting us with choosing both styles and colours of the beams and cladding.

Great service by a friendly professional team, a pleasure to work with. The end result of our oak glazed leisure spa and outdoor kitchen looks fantastic. Great job

Four years ago we took the decision to completely gut an old farmhouse and start again with it, we started looking for a supplier of oak to refit all of the internal doors, door casings, skirting and flooring. Our carpenter recommended Oak By Design. He wasn't wrong! All of the oak has been completely top notch. As the old house has settled into it's new skin it has moved and cracked in various places, the only thing that has been stable and unwavering is the oak. The customer service has been superb, with them continuing to supply exactly the same items, with the same quality over the course of 4 years. They even indulged our designs for furniture for our "boot room", with Shoe pigeon holes and a bench which we could store wellies under (as pictured). The doors supplied by them are reassuringly heavy and sturdy, with a proper "thunk" as you close them, cutting off sound from the rest of the house. There may be other, cheaper suppliers of oak out there, but none with the same level of quality, longevity and customer service as Oak By Design. If you want to do it right (& once!) use these guys.

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

Pleasure to do Buisness with

What can I say, Oak By Design have been the most fantastic company to deal with. Joanne was so helpful, friendly and professional. She really seemed to care about our project, which made such a difference. We had 4 oak RSJ covers made and 2 fireplace mantles. The finish is outstanding. Everyone believes they are solid beams, which was just what we wanted. The care and attention this company will give you is 2nd to none and I would highly recommend them. Pictures will follow when we complete our project, thanks again Oak By Design. x

A first rate service from start to finish. We've used this company in the past for our floor - 40 foot of solid oak! 2 beams and 2 RSJ covers. This time a beam for our new kitchen inglenook and another RSJ cover. More than impressed with the products which more than met our spec. A very friendly and helpful team who I'd recommend to anyone.

We purchased some engineered oak flooring and oak covers from Oak By Design and couldn't be happier with the finish and quality. They are spot on. Joanne was extremely helpful throughout the whole process and provided plenty of advice when necessary. Thank you

Very professional. Excellent product and service. Highly recommended.

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.

Excellent customer service. Very friendly. Explained in detail. Product is beautiful. Would recommend. Company sent photos of finished product prior to dispatch to confirm our happiness with their work.

We were looking to have a bespoke oak and glass atrium for the front of our new house renovation. We wanted to find a company we trusted, who clearly understood our brief and could manufacture and install a high quality product at a competitive price. A big ask, but OakByDesign ticked all our boxes. Jamie and the team from the initial discovery meeting to completion of the installation were fantastic. The design, material quality and installation were first class and I would highly recommend you to include them within your project plans. Thank you all. Ben and Lindsay.

My wife and I recently purchased an oak porch from Oak By Design. We are delighted with the porch and it has been much admired. We did get some help assembling it but everything fitted together perfectly.

When embarking on a large renovation project assembling the right team of skilled work people is vital. It involves the need for skill, imagination and trust. It was important to us to use a local company and Oak by Design seemed to tick the right boxes although we had not dealt with them or indeed heard of them before. We soon came to realise that the combination of Ben, Billy, Jamie, Matt and MIck ( listed strictly in alphabetical order ) was a great success. Skilled: highly, imaginative: an excellent creative talent, trustworthy: 100% but also such great team players that all the other trades on site benefitted from their cooperation and great good humour. I would endorse the other reviewers who have commented on the quality of the materials used, whether in the replacement windows, the light oak internal doors. the fantastic oak staircase, the secret bookcase and the pièce de résistance: the oak conservatory. It has been a great project and much of that I attribute to the work of Oak by Design. A big thank you to you all.

From the beginning the customer service has been superb, excellent help and advice when choosing the flooring, delivery arriving when promised and a product which is extremely high quality. We have replaced the majority of our flooring downstairs and we are so pleased with the result that we would have paid more. Fantastic.

This is the second time that we have used Oak By Design for oak products and once again we weren’t disappointed. We recently ordered some internal oak doors and from the very start they were a pleasure to deal with. Joanne especially was extremely helpful and friendly, nothing was too much trouble. We were kept updated about the progress of our order. Unfortunately we needed to delay acceptance of the doors for a few weeks and Oak By Design happily agreed to store them in their workshop until we were ready for them. The quality of the doors is very high, they are very well made and finished, far better than any oak doors that you will buy “ off the shelf. “ They are all installed now and look fantastic. I would highly recommend Oak By Design and we will certainly use them again in the future if we require any more oak products. A huge thank you to Joanne and the whole team for a great service and a great product.

We are ‘over the moon’ with our beautiful oak porch made by Oakbydesign .From our initial enquiry to delivery and installation the service and attention to detail has been outstanding! A very big thank you to Joanne who was so helpful and friendly from start to finish which made the whole process such a pleasure. Highly recommend anyone looking for an oak porch to choose Oakbydesign . Yvonne Grant.

We can thoroughly recommend Oak by Design. Not only did they provide the best of oak floors and oak staircase to suit our new, contemporary home, but they returned to make good a problem which was not their fault. Going the extra mile separates great companies from ordinary firms. Thank you Jamie & Billy. From Mike & Barbara, York.

Oak by design provided our engineered oak flooring. From our initial meeting and supply of samples to the final delivery we have been provided with excellent service. Carl has been in touch throughout the process and provided updates about the lead time and expected delivery dates. We are delighted with the flooring. Very happy to recommend Oak by design.

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.

My company has ordered 2 porches with Joanne from oak by design, and have more planned in the future. They've been brilliant from start to finnish. Great communication right through. And the quality of the product is exceptional. Do not hesitate to order.

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.

Amazing customer service from beginning to end . My builder was in awe at the quality of the oak porch components. Call them and ask for Joanne - what she doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing! It’s not every day you invest in a “proper” porch so do it right. You’ll definitely be delighted!

Exceptional service and beautiful flooring. Absolutely delighted with every aspect. Went above and beyond great customer service to meet our needs and timescales.