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The story of a stunning oak conservatory in North Yorkshire

Having been inspired to pursue the project after seeing Oakwrights’ oak frame houses in Grand Designs Magazine and at various building design exhibitions across the country, Paul turned to their specialist oak extension division, GreenRooms for advice and design of his project.

What inspired the style and design of your extension?

“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. 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 Oakwrights?

“The Oakwrights team were really enthusiastic and more than happy to get involved with my small oak extension project. 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, Tony Williams, Design Consultant for this project explains; “Mr & Mrs Bappoo wanted to extend their kitchen to make it more of a living hub. Now they use the 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, which makes it more interesting aesthetically too.”

What is your favourite aspect of the extension?

“All of it! We enjoyed 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.”

To find out more about out oak frame extensions click here or contact us by calling 01432 353 353 or by emailing enquiries@oakwrights.co.uk

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