Building The Dream House in Yorkshire


The satisfaction that comes from nurturing a dream home project from bare earth to multi-million-pound showstopper can be hard to beat.

As Oak by Design shares their journey from design to completion. A £2.7m house in Yorkshire’s golden triangle; a process that took just ten months.

They show how passion, expertise and attention to detail can make it a particularly rewarding experience for everyone involved.

oak conservatory
oak conservatory

Designing a Dream

The client said. “As soon as I met Jamie Winspear of Oak By Design, I knew I could get on with him. I loved his ideas from the start. We were on the same wavelength from day one and that has made all the difference.”

The plot of land earmarked for development had been bought for £600,000. The intention was to demolish the existing farmhouse and replace it with a bespoke family home. Oak by Design was recommended to the owners by a previous customer and by the architect. Oak by Design for their experience in high profile design and construction projects.

Jamie Winspear immediately connected with the owner, working with her and the architect to develop final plans. They were for a flexible family living space including an oak conservatory that would be as practical as it was elegant.

It was important for Oak by Design to get to know the people who would be living in this beautiful property. The clients main brief was to create a home they would enjoy; one that would fit seamlessly into their lifestyle, making the most of its breathtaking location, overlooking open countryside on the outskirts of Harrogate.

oak conservatory

Starts off ‘Well’

“What I appreciated most as work got underway was the problem-solving approach taken by Oak by Design.
They used their experience when designs could be done better and whenever
we hit a stumbling block they came up with a creative solution.”


Strong working relationships had already been established between Oak by Design, the architect, the builder and the client. During the master planning stage, the teams were able to make excellent progress as soon as work began on site.

During initial ground works the team discovered an ancient well directly beneath the planned living room. What could have been an inconvenience became an opportunity and with a little creativity they made a feature of it by designing it into the floor, overlaying it with glass and framing it with a circular oak rim.

oak well glass lid
The discovered 'Well' a great feature
oak well and glass lid
A tailor made oak surround with toughened glass and lights

The Roof Goes On

“Oak has an important role to play in softening the interiors throughout. The oak conservatory makes the statement that this house has wow factor and yet, first and foremost, is a family home.”

Our client was passionate about avoiding a show house feel. Guests didn’t want to feel too scared to put a cup down for fear of damaging something. The warmth of oak runs throughout the property, softening the minimal interior styling and giving the whole place a welcoming sense of homeliness.

As work progressed to the second phase they drew on past experience gained during a £5m new build project & the rebuilding of Allerton Castle.

They suggested the use of metal grid tracks instead of timber batons for the ceilings to give a millimetre perfect finish, ensuring floor levels were exact so they worked in connection with the external bi-fold doors finishing flush and leaving a seamless joint when walking from inside to the outdoors.

oak conservatory
painted window
oak doors and glass screen
oak new build yorkshire
oak new build yorkshire

The Open Plan Design

The oak conservatory is a key feature of the ground floor living space, connecting the spacious open plan kitchen with the garden and adjoining countryside. It forms the cornerstone of the design and is integral to the client’s love of entertaining.

The huge floor-to-ceiling bi-folds create a minimal barrier between outside and in and can be swept back on mild days to fully unite the house with its stunning surroundings.

Throughout the house, careful thought has been given to the home’s unique location. Downstairs, tall handcrafted sliding sash windows and oak conservatory echo the traditional building style. This is typical in this part of Yorkshire, flooding the rooms with natural light.

Upstairs, classic horizontal sliding Yorkshire sash windows frame the view on every side of the property. The windows were handmade and pre-finished in Farrow and Ball paint before being brought on site for fitting.

The painted windows are complemented by elegantly styled, hand painted internal reveals and architrave giving a further feel for quality and attention to detail.

oak doors and oak glazed screen

 Shaping the Interior

“The interiors are distinguished by skilful craftsmanship and design, making everything appear cohesive and effortless. Oak by Design’s site team is friendly and professional. I couldn’t have wished for a better team and would like to say a thank you to Andrew Whitmore, the site foreman, for all his efforts.”

Dramatic oak features, structural glazing and the oak conservatory characterise the internal styling of this luxurious property. Together, they allow for a smooth flow between living spaces. One of the most striking examples of this is in the entrance vestibule where a spectacular glazed oak internal doorway was installed.

Upstairs, an oak and glass Minstrel’s Gallery overlooks the hallway below, connecting the upper and lower living areas and adding a sense of spaciousness.

Spindles were swapped for glass on the upper oak staircase that leads to the attic bedrooms. This added a minimalist finish that makes the most of the dimensions in this part of the house.

Fantastic Design

A number of adjustments were made to the original design as Oak by Design worked through the interiors. Some of these were specifically introduced to enhance the aesthetics and others to overcome particular challenges.

Initially, the main kitchen and central hallway were intended to be one open space but the plans had to be revisited due to fire regulations. Rather than adding an internal wall and door to enclose the kitchen completely,  a solution was developed that would still give the client the open plan look she had been so keen to achieve.

Oak by Design suggested full height oak bi-folding doors which maintain the feeling of size and space whilst also fulfilling building regulations. This also acted as an effective noise barrier between the kitchen and the rest of the house during entertaining.

oak staircase
Glazed oak doors and matching mirror add depth and space
oak staircase

Always Thinking Outside The Box

Rather than plastering over a steel support in the bedroom Oak by Design created a bespoke oak cladding. This cleverly transforms it into a feature oak truss that adds character to the room.

oak truss

Outside Living

“Our house becomes even more of a home when it’s filled with friends and family. We were delighted with the outdoor kitchen and dining room and fabulous bespoke oak table and chairs.”

With the house complete and almost ready to move into, the building of a fully enclosed oak framed outdoor kitchen and dining area began. With floor to ceiling bi-folding doors stretching across the entire frontage of the building, the room can be used as an outdoor eating area in all weathers. Guests can linger over their drinks at the classic Oak refectory style table long after the sun has gone down.

The outdoor room incorporates a fully functioning kitchen, a wood-fired pizza oven, food preparation area, fridge for keeping food and drink chilled and a bar.

oak conservatory
oak conservatory

The Oak Porch

The bespoke oak porch to the rear of the property really enhances the character of the house.

It continues the warm homely touches such as the Oak stable door, log store and boot rack, leaving a stunning end result.

A Memorable Day

“In just ten months we had transformed a bare piece of land into a luxury property. We have a comfortable home that would be just perfect for everyday family life and memorable gatherings.”

“I can’t thank Oak by Design enough for their support, professionalism and attention to detail. This was a very personal journey for our family and Jamie and his team have become great friends. I have no hesitation in recommending Oak by Design to anyone who appreciates working with people who have exceptionally high standards and really care about the results.”

oak porch
oak conservatory

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