The Barn Conversion (Part 2)

Turning a House into a Home

30 Oak Doors, Door Casings and Architrave

When choosing the 30 internal doors, the Ramseys had initially planned on having oak ledged and braced doors. After visiting the showroom and seeing our double-sided oak doors, these were chosen to further enhance the grandeur of this extensive barn conversion.  Also ordered with extra wide door casings/linings and 300 linear metres of oak skirting board to match.

The barn conversion has 3 floors: the Basement, the Ground Floor and the First Floor. The fabulous cantilevered steel system staircase was supplied by Clifford Chapman Staircases Ltd ( and Oak By Design supplied the 30 floating oak steps which provided access from the basement up to the first floor through the impressive open stairwell.

The doors leading from the hallway, around the open stairwell, into the sitting room needed to be fire rated to comply with Building Regulations. These would normally be solid doors, but Mrs Ramsey had set her heart on glazed double doors leading into this room. After some research, a pair of Pattern 10 glazed doors were made using a special rated fire glass (C730) to ensure regulations were adhered to.

Oak beams were supplied above and around the Aga in the kitchen and above the fireplace in the sitting room. They were made to mirror each other with a central ‘keystone’. Again, these can be seen in the attached photos.

400 Sq M of Oak Flooring and 300m Skirting Board

Engineered Oak Flooring

The barn conversion is heated throughout with under floor heating and required 400sq.m of engineered oak flooring for the majority of the property.  Mrs Ramsey chose a smooth, sanded 20mm board, 225mm wide with a natural oil finish. The oak flooring is pre-finished with Osmos’ Polyx Oil.  Oak flooring was also used on the underside of the walkway which links the bedrooms on the first floor.

RSJ Covers were made to hide the RSJ’s throughout the barn conversion.   Although they were made to match the principal rafters and king posts of the trusses, they looked a little too ‘perfect’!  To ensure they blended with the rest of the property a professional was arranged to sandblast the covers in-situ.

All the oak was finished in the Osmo Polyx oil to complement the oak flooring.

The main front door with a solid frame, external lintels and an oak dining table completed the oak look in this lovely home.

After the final job of hanging all the doors, things were looking ‘great’.  Mrs Ramsey said that ‘the house is starting to look more like a home now’  and once finished – ‘Thank you for everything you have done for me. I am delighted with my home. All the best to you and your team’.

Floating Glazed Oak Staircase

Double Sided Oak Doors