Good organisation and detailed budgets are key
With two young children and another on the way, the MacArthurs are impressively organised – creating mood boards and detailed budgets for each room. When they came to Carpenter Oak, we had a strong sense of what they were after. Pinterest is an excellent way to begin an oak framed project – why not start your own with our timber framed extensions Pinterest board?
The oak frame kitchen and dining room is a favourite for all the family
The oak frame replaces a small conservatory and an old lean-to that was attached to the garage. The new extension enables the kitchen and dining area to run across the whole length of the house.
The green oak frame supports a mono-pitch roof with integral roof lights, combined with floor to ceiling glazing, allowing light to flood through the entire lower level. Two sets of French doors help to break down the sense of division between inside and outside, which further enhances the space in what was previously a standard semi-detached house.
“The day the green oak frame arrived was fantastic – the whole thing was like a big kit” comments Stuart in Good Homes Magazine. “It came from Devon in sections on a huge lorry. The pieces were carried through the house and assembled more or less in front of our eyes. There are no nails in it at all; it’s all held together with wooden pegs. We had three extremely skilful carpenters working on it, raising the frame in a day. Suddenly we could stand where our kitchen and breakfast bar were going to be and get a sense of the space we’d created. That was very exciting.”
The east facing oak framed room is now the most used room in the house. It catches the morning sun and the light changes throughout the day. It’s an excellent space for entertaining, guests can sit at the kitchen bar while food is prepared. Meals take place around the custom made cherry wood dining table. In the warmer weather, the doors can be opened out onto the garden.
Are you thinking of creating your own oak living space? Contact us to chat through your ideas, visit our show barn, or continue getting inspired by our past timber frame projects!