Completed Projects

November 2018 - January 2019

Sensitive Repairs  

A wonderful opportunity to repair and restore this listed property in Pontefract town centre. Working with original timber beams dating back to 1585.  



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St Andrew's Church Epworth

The free-standing ringers gallery structure in oak is set independently to the walls thereby minimising fixings and contact between the two. The frame and floor consisted entirely of English Green Oak with traditional pegged joints. An oak trapdoor was incorporated into the floor of the ringers gallery to allow future access to the bells. Project in conjunction with

Treske Ltd.


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September 2017

Jacobs Well

Really excited to be working with Jacobs Well Trust on renovation work for this well respected Medieval building in York

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December 2018 

Green Oak Vestibule 

Replacement of a tired PVC entrance vestibule on this Harrogate apartment. Part of a Listed property this called for some design flair and appreciation for the building as a whole.

September 2018 

Green Oak Garden Gate, cheeky little project for the next door neighbours... 

April 2018 - July 2018

Contemporary Extension 

A unique extension to a period Semi Detached House in York.  Creating modern, open plan, living space.  Using Western Red Cedar Cadding, Living Cedum Roof, Oversized Skylights and Aluminium bi-folding doors ~  letting the outside in.

June 2017

Traditional Roundhouse 

In one of Yorkshire's beautiful estates, we constructed a traditional roundhouse with a combination of sleepers, Yorkshire grown softwood, with English grown cedar roof tiles and Yorkshire Hazel Hurdles.   

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October 2017 - January 2019

Stone Barn Restoration 

Redundant Stone Barn fully restored and converted to provide living accommodation annexe to main residence.. 

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April 2017 - October 2017

Sowerby Gateway

An exciting and totally different Green Oak Project working closely with Chrysalis Arts Our in house CAD team drew up the Artistist's designs ensuring the construction and safety of the Art for public domain.

March 2017

Green Oak Garage

In one of Yorkshire's beautiful conservation areas. With a tight access and limited space this project has faced us with a few unique challenges.

But is now taking shape nicely

May 2017

Green Oak Porch

Making that first impression count, a stunning Green Oak Entrance Porch complimenting a period property.

June 2016

Groundworks ~ Garage

A really enjoyable project, designed in house with Client's valuable input.  A Softwood Garage with UK grown Western Red Cedar cladding and shingled roof.

October 2016 - January 2017

Green Oak Extensions

Unable to visualise the final picture? Our in house design team created CAD drawings, which really helped our Client's visualise their project.

This particular project resulted in us being nominated for an LABC Buildings Excellence award 2017!

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August 2016

Green Oak Tuscan Temple

Project completed for the National Trust, based upon a traditional Tuscan Temple, constructed in green oak with living roof.

National Trust Tuscan Temple

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June, 2016


A lovely summer project of several Green Oak pinic benches for the National Trust

National Trust Rievaulx Terrace

February, 2016

Bodger's Den

Traditional Craftsman Ben Chester builds a Bodger's Den and explains about the art of building with what's available in your woodland

Watch Bodger's  Den build on youtube

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2015 - March 2016

Complete Restoration of Georgian Coachhouse

From initial concept to finished home. Complete renovation of Georgian coachhouse, from a garage and store room to 150m squared of accommodation.

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