Large Oak Atrium Adds Value and Character


50 years ago Richard Hudson’s parents planted an orchard near their property in Thirsk. 20 years ago the Hudsons were given 2 sheep who decided to eat most of the fruit trees. This left them with a scruffy field, great for wildlife and daffodils, but difficult to keep tidy!

The Plan

Several attempts were made to obtain planning permission to build a new home for Sharon and Richard but to no avail. 3 years ago, a chance conversation with a parent at the school where Sharon works, said he thought he could achieve the required permission. He did, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Due to the location of the house, they wanted it to look like a refurbished farmhouse, with a modern twist. Their architect, Ken Wood, came up with the lovely idea to use oak beams to create an oak atrium.  This allowed lots of light in on the north side of the house.

They did wonder, however, where they would find somebody locally who do the work.  They needed to supply the drawings, and manufacture the atrium from seasoned, air-dried oak beams.


A few weeks after they had decided what they wanted they were attending the Homebuilding and Renovating Show in Harrogate.  They got chatting to Richard on the Oak by Design stand. As Sharon said: ‘A few ballpark figures were thrown around and our search was over.  They were the only company offering seasoned oak beams and offered an all under one roof experience.’

‘Right from the beginning, everyone at Oak by Design was incredibly helpful.  They were informative and assisted us in overcoming any doubts and concerns we had. Richard made it very easy for us to decide what we wanted, offering alternative ideas to overcome a few sizing issues’.

‘We were lucky in that there were really no major issues during the building of the house. It just took longer than we anticipated and everyone says that most things are more expensive than you expect. More cash would have been a bonus!!’

The oak beams were all machined to 140mm x 140mm to create this stunning addition to their home.  Understanding how the double glazing and oak beams work together was an important part of the process.  Over time, the oak will mature and slightly move.

‘Oak by Design even took away, and stored, cut and shaped a huge pear tree trunk that had to be taken down on site due to storm damage!’

‘We couldn’t have asked for a better company to deal with.’

oak beams and oak atrium
oak beams and oak atrium
oak beams and oak atrium
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