Engineered Oak Flooring and Oak Beams


Tom and his wife Jo called into Oak by Design’s showroom a year ago to discuss an oak RSJ Cover.

They were in the process of knocking 2 rooms into one at their 400-year-old farmhouse in Nidderdale, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. They have lived there for nearly 18 years and have been renovating the property during this time.

Having used Oak by Design many, many years ago when they were covering a beam in a previous conversion, they sought them out again!

They had knocked a stone wall down in their dining room, through to the next door room, to open the room out and needed something to cover the steelwork and plates which were now supporting the first floor. There was a lot of old existing beams on the ceilings in both rooms, which they were keen to retain, but wanted the RSJ Cover to look the same as the existing ones. Tom took in photos of the beams and they decided to go with a ‘Reclaimed Effect ’ finish. This involves cutting into the faces of the cover, brushing, flaming and generally ageing the look of the oak.

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The Process

During the manufacture of the 4 metre long cover, Tom called into the Oak by Design workshop a couple of times to discuss with Darren, the Production Manager, the exact colour required. Samples were made and taken back to the property to ensure the RSJ Cover fit in seamlessly.

At the same time, Tom and Jo picked engineered oak flooring for the hallway in their home. They wanted to keep the traditional elements in their home, the old beams and doors but replaced the dark stained woodwork with white, crisp painted ones.

They chose the Kolonial flooring, which has a brushed finish, and they chose Smoked Natural colour. This has a lovely warm finish, which fits perfectly amongst darker oak in older properties, but is still light enough to be modern and light. The boards they chose were 175mm wide and they chose very dark filler for any knotholes.

A few months later after the hall flooring had been laid, Tom called back into their showroom at Tockwith and borrowed a couple of the flooring sample boards to choose engineered oak flooring for the new floor in their new, modern, south facing garden room.

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The Result

For this light-filled room, they chose the Kolonial board again but went for the Smoked White board at 225mm wide. This is a lovely light colour and it fits in well with the Farrow Ball ‘Pointing’ colour to the walls and the neutral furnishings.

After all the works had been done Tom said:

‘We are especially pleased with the RSJ Cover which looks as though it has always been there – supporting the old beams.’

‘In the new part of the house, the Smoked White flooring looks great, brilliant, and we are really pleased with it. It’s a much more modern looking floor and the light coming in through the large windows seems to bounce off it, creating more light’.

‘We’ll be back to Oak by Design again in the near future when we move onto the next phase of the renovation/upgrade!’

engineered oak flooring
engineered oak flooring
engineered oak flooring
engineered oak flooring
engineered oak flooring

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