The Story of a Stunning Oak conservatory in North Yorkshire
Having been inspired to pursue the project after seeing Oakwrights' oak framed houses in Grand Designs Magazine and at various building design exhibitions across the country, Paul turned to their specialist oak extension team, GreenRooms for advice and design of the project.
Oakwrights Summer Intern, Katherine Keir posed some questions to Paul to discover more about the project:
What inspired the style or design?
“I liked seeing the exposed structure of the building and I really wanted it to be open, so I wanted there to be lots of glass overlooking the garden. And I wanted an oak frame, because it’s an excellent and natural building material that lasts for ages, plus it looks fantastic.”
Why did you choose to work with GreenRooms by Oakwrights?
“Oakwrights are the leading oak frame specialist company, and their GreenRooms team were more than happy to get involved with a small oak extension project such as mine. I highly recommend them - the overall experience was very good. The quality of the oak, the way it has been machined to fit. The fitters also were a credit to the company.”
How did you find obtaining planning permission- were there any obstacles to overcome?
“No, it was very easy and managed by Oakwrights.”
Further to this - Greenrooms by Oakwrights Design Consultant, Tony Williams, explains;
“Mr & Mrs Bappoo wanted to extend the kitchen to make it more of a living hub. Now they use this space as their main sitting room, because it’s got that all important garden aspect.” Tony felt that an oak frame was the perfect choice for the build: “an oak frame structure is pleasing to look at - it’s warm, tactile and natural”.
How much did you get involved?
“I had a very light touch, as the builders that Oakwrights recommended were very good. They were punctual, had good workmanship, and were very tidy!”
The project’s building contractor was Andy Grace and he commented further on the uniqueness of the build, saying:
“it’s topped with horizontal windows that let the light through but still give it privacy, and it makes it more interesting aesthetically too.”
What is your favourite aspect of the building?
“All of it! We enjoy just sitting in the room and looking out over the garden, as the oak structure frames the garden… I would say that the joints and the roof structure are the most appealing, as they show the engineering that’s gone into it.”
Is there anything you’ve learned from the project?
“Be available to go on site at any time, as this makes it easier if something needs to be discussed, and it’s definitely worthwhile regularly checking the site progress; especially where utility services are being buried! Fortunately though, I have to say we were very lucky, and there were no major difficulties encountered along the way.”
And finally, what was the most rewarding part of the process?
“Probably going through the initial designs, and then the delivering of the first piece of oak to the site.”
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