Are you a bit of a fixer-upper? Transform your house into a new home with oak
Whether this is your first or tenth new property, moving into a new house can be exhilarating and filled with the promise of love, family and security. That said, once you actually move into your dream home, you might start to notice a few details that bring it down a peg from ‘dream’ to ‘fixer-upper.’ It’s time to truly make this new house yours!
If you are looking to transform your house into a place you can truly call home, you need to add personal touches that help you make your mark. Oak décor, furnishings and accessories will all claim this space for your family and your future together in this dwelling.
If you are looking for a way to make your new home feel more comfortable and stylish, there are many options on the market – but none can match the timeless beauty and durability of oak.
Oak – 600 species of valued hardwood perfect for many uses
The 600 species of oak are some of the most prized materials in the building industries – people have been utilising rich and luxurious oak for furniture, buildings, staircases and decorative touches since the Middle Ages.
Being highly prized for its durability and pliability, it was the go-to material for ship construction from this point until the 19th century, when it was gradually replaced with iron and other similar metals.
Depending on your choice of tipple, you may also be familiar with another of oak’s myriad uses: it is the wood of choice in the whisky barrel business! Coopers (otherwise known as ‘barrel makers’) have been recorded as using oak in Ancient Egypt and the Ancient Celtic world, and now oak barrels are prized for the unique taste and smell they impart to whisky, scotch and bourbon.
The benefits of building or renovating with oak
Oak adds value
You may have purchased your home with the desire to stay there for the next thirty years, or you may be planning to flip it and sell within the next three – either way, adding value is always a smart move.
Overly trendy or dramatic renovations are not a great idea, as prospective buyers may be completely turned off by your design. Oak is desirable, attractive and classic, and will increase your home’s potential.
It is timeless, elegant and easy to update
If you like having style options, this wood is perfect for your design scheme.
By using oak beams or other oak accents, you create a blank canvas upon which you can regularly change your accessories, textiles and accents, and stay current and on trend without the cost and inconvenience of a full renovation.
Oak will never go out of style, so you can rest assured that your beloved home is always chic and effortlessly attractive.
It creates a warm atmosphere
By using the highest quality oak beams, oak furniture and oak building materials in your home, you can create a truly bespoke atmosphere that feels warm, inviting and sophisticated.
Imagine your family gathered around a crackling fire at Christmas time or sunning themselves in the warm August heat – oak looks amazing and inviting no matter the time of year.
Oak transitions from day to night
Undoubtedly, your goal is to create the happiest memories with your family, and your home should be both a fun place for little ones to play by day and a welcoming environment in which to entertain and relax by night.
This material transitions brilliantly from the bright light of the sun to the more subdued light of the evening – you will always appreciate oak’s beauty.
It is easy to maintain and keep clean
Spending a ton of time and money on looking after furniture, beams or panelling after you have made the initial investment is a drag. Thankfully, oak components only need to be polished once or twice a year.
Scratches are easy to buff off of the surfaces, and the wood is resistant to staining and scuffs. Once you make this investment, you are set for life.
Oak is durable
There is a reason why oak has been in continuous use for millennia – it is durable, strong, and tough to mark permanently.
No matter how rambunctious your kids or how many years you own it, your oak furniture and decorative touches will survive and thrive. After all, people still pass down oak desks, tables and chairs crafted in the 18th century!
As you can see, choosing oak for your home is a smart decision for anyone looking to add style, sophistication and value to their property. Raise your family in a warm and inviting space that just happens to be easy to care for – oak has been cherished for thousands of years for a reason.