Open for Business - Coronavirus Announcement
During the current coronavirus crisis, we remain open for business and will be following government guidelines to adapt to any changes that may come. Our top priority remains the well-being and safety of our customers and staff.
If you are self isolating but still wish to further your project please don’t hesitate to contact us, our office staff will be more than happy to assist you in any way they can. We are also offering video conferencing during this time.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Paragon Oak, made with pride in Yorkshire
At Paragon Oak we specialise in the manufacture and construction of oak framed buildings in Leeds and the surrounding areas, including Harrogate, Wetherby, York, Alderly Edge, Halifax, Huddersfield, Holmfirth and many other locations in Yorkshire.
Thanks to our knowledge, professionalism and attention to detail we offer workmanship of unrivalled quality. From our home in the heart of Yorkshire we can offer the complete service – from the initial meeting to the handover of keys. Alternatively we can supply only, or supply and erect your oak frame. No matter how large or small your project, we can provide expert help, advice and guidance at every stage.
No other structure offers the warmth, comfort and sheer beauty of an oak building. No other material offers the scope and flexibility to create a structure that isn’t just aesthetically beautiful, but fits perfectly into its environment. Strong, durable, versatile and from an entirely sustainable source, an oak framed building is like a fine wine… it gets even better with age. Working with such beautiful material on a daily basis is an inspiration for us at Paragon Oak. We’d love to share that with you.
Certain technical issues as well as frequently asked questions are addressed below. If we haven’t addressed your problem or query, please get in touch with our team and we’ll try our best to help
We take great care in choosing the correct structural timber for all our oak frames. At Paragon Oak, all our timber is sourced from only FSC certified saw mills. Our quality control process is one of the most important aspects of our business, which involves each order being checked in our workshop, before being passed as fit for use in our frames.
Some clients come to us with detailed architectural drawings, others with a hand drawn sketch, while many have simply an idea of what they want to achieve. Our team of designers are experts at bringing these ideas to life.
Each job is unique, even with the most common structures such as garages, therefore it’s often hard for customers to visualise how their frame will look when finished. To help, we can produce 3D drawings giving the customer a bird’s eye view of how their new building will look, which is invaluable if customers are in any doubt about the design and allows informed revisions to be made at an early stage. We’re always on hand to advise, so please feel free to take advantage of our extensive industry knowledge and specialist experience with oak frames and general building.
It is important for engineers and designers to understand oak, not all do. Our structural engineer has vast experience working with oak allowing us to take on complicated projects that others may not entertain. In most cases we prefer to use only timber but in some circumstances the use of structural steel is necessary; our design team will often hide this within the frame to create awe inspiring structures which appear as if they shouldn’t work.
If you are unsure as to whether you need planning permission for your project, visit the government planning portal, a user friendly virtual house that if you hover over certain parts will automatically bring up useful information and advice.
Need Planning Permission?
Don’t worry. We can offer a full planning service that, depending on your requirements, can include meetings to finalise the design, planning drawings, 3D coloured images, site location plans, submission of the application and meetings with planners at your local authority. Just get in touch with us to discuss details.
If you prefer we can take care of building regulations in association with a trusted third party company, who we’ve worked with for some time. The cost for this service can be quoted for you – just ask. We provide all the necessary information such as structural design and calculations and manage the process from conception to completion. This generally involves filling out all application forms, arranging site visits at the relevant inspection stages and final presentation of the completion certificate. Alternatively, we can of course work together with your own building inspectors if preferred.
There are a wide variety of building materials that can be used to complement your oak frame including:
For the Masonry Walls – Stone, brick or block and render.
For Roof Lights – We often use powder coated aluminium for elements such as orangery lantern roof lights and ridge roof lights as well as using oak with aluminium cappings.
For Insulation – We use Structured Insulation Panels “(SIPS”), insulation and plasterboard infill panel systems.
We also offer numerous roofing materials, the most popular being cedar shingle and blue slate, however ‘greys’ reclaimed stone slates are commonly used here in Yorkshire. Pan tile, rosemary, concrete, artificial stone and of course glass are also used from time to time. The balance and how much of each material is used in each project is influenced by the setting in which the building sits.
We pride ourselves on having a good eye for this process and will challenge our clients to ensure the structure doesn’t overuse any materials to achieve balance, the best design results and of course customer satisfaction.
Green Oak doesn’t need maintaining. It can be left ‘bare’ or untreated and will weather naturally into its environment, turning silver grey in colour and as it dries and starts to shrink, shakes and splits will appear. To some people this is what it’s all about, others prefer to keep it looking fresh and the same colour it was when it was fitted. This can be achieved by applying a clear oil such as Osmo with UV protection. It adds relatively little in the way of protecting the oak and is used mainly for aesthetic appearances. Using such oil will require some maintenance to keep the building fresh, by this we mean adding another coat once every year or two, depending on how exposed to the elements the frame is.
We offer a free on site consultation and are more than happy for you to visit our workshop where you can see the frames being made. We’re also happy to take you to sites where we’ve done work similar to your own project.
As an environmentally responsible company, we only use oak that comes from sustainable, managed forests. This in essence means that for each tree felled many more are planted resulting in increasing the forests’ contribution to balancing carbon levels.