Edwina and Bill Stoker were drawn to this detached Victorian house and its garden in a pretty village in the Vale of Glamorgan – but knew immediately the old conservatory had to go. ‘The property had originally been the post office and deserved to have something more beautiful on the back,’ says Edwina. ‘The conservatory was far too hot in summer – the room reached 42°C one day – and too cold to use in winter. But I loved the idea of having glass all around me so I could see into the garden. I felt an oak frame extension would be ideal. It would suit the age of the house but more importantly give us the benefit of being able to use the room as a proper living space.

Edwina began looking for ideas online. The couple had already decided not to use an architect. They wanted to work with an oak frame company who had the knowledge and expertise of designing and building in oak so the couple turned to Welsh Oak Frame to design and manufacture the extension. “Everyone we met were so friendly, so natural, it was like talking to friends we’d known for a while – we didn’t need to speak to another oak frame company.” Says Edwina.

Edwina and Bill’s extension only took four months to complete. Edwina says they had a ‘totally positive experience’ and there are no downsides to any of their decisions. ‘The extension has exceeded our expectations, it’s a wonderful usable room all year around and quite a masterpiece. Friends and family walk in and say wow, this is beautiful and are amazed there’s no nails or screws in the frame – and you can detect the scent of wood. When Paul asked if he could come and see the extension after we were finished, we were really appreciative he took the time to check we were happy with the final result – we felt part of the Welsh Oak family from start to finish.’

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