Barn Conversion & Oak Staircase

Oak Staircase and Beams

Kelly and Dave Chandler were looking for solid oak beams for the barn they were converting on the outskirts of Tadcaster. Their builder (Leon Shipley from Shipley Builders in Selby) recommended Oak by Design.

Initially, Kelly came into the showroom, and after falling in love with the oak she chose the finish of the oak she wanted.  Her requirements were for two 6 metre long beams they required for the through kitchen/diner/lounge in their new home.

Due to the long length of the beams, there was a risk of the Air Dried Oak beams moving. Richard visited the property in July last year and everyone agreed that we would make the ‘beams’ as covers. This involves making a 3 sided cover, normally used for covering RSJ’s or unsightly beams or pipes. They are made from Kiln Dried Oak which is extremely stable and ideal for the long lengths required.

oak beam covers
oak beam covers

They chose a random shape (uneven edges and surfaces), brushing to give texture and an oiled finish. This aged look tied in well with the age of the barn and the finished ‘beams’ are a chunky 190mm wide and 90mm high.

Oak & Glass Alternative

Whilst in the showroom Kelly also decided that our oak would be suitable for the treads of the feature oak staircase. She had envisaged using sleepers in connection with the steel and glass staircase but decided solid oak was the way forward. Although she had initially wanted an uneven finish to match the oak beams, she finally decided on a smooth finish for the treads.

The barn is unusual due to its narrow width. There isn’t room for a long landing upstairs which would have been required if they had just one oak staircase. The decision was made to install 2 staircases, each leading to 2 bedrooms. A Jack and Jill bathroom links both sides!

Although they wanted the staircase to be a feature, as it was in the middle of the ground floor, they didn’t want it to take over visually. Having glass panels ensured it didn’t interfere with the clean, open look they wanted to achieve.

The beams were fit in the summer, with the oak staircase being fit in the autumn. When the couple and their family moved into their beautiful home we asked Kelly for her thoughts on the oak. ‘We totally love it! It looks better than we imagined it would. You wouldn’t know the beams were covers as they look so natural’.

oak staircase
oak staircase
oak staircase

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