With dreams of a sea view and a long-held love for Abersoch in North Wales, Peter and Jan Wyslych’s oak frame self build has finally realised their vision. Following a visit to Oakwrights‘ Herefordshire factory, the couple worked with their architect to create a design for a holiday home with a sociable, warm feel.

Peter and Jan were keen to include some contemporary design elements — evident in the cantilevered staircase of steel and glass, the extensive glazing and the vaulted ceilings, showing off the green oak frame in all its glory.

The driving factor in the design of the house, which uses a post and beam oak frame, was the sea views. Lying to the north of the house, with the garden facing south, it was important that full height glazing and glazed French doors made up a large portion of the walls to both side of the house to avoid the north of the house, where the sea views can be enjoyed, being dark and gloomy.

The open plan layout of the ground floor is broken up into zones by the green oak beams, and the double height ceilings add a sense of drama to the whole space. Overlooking the ground floor living spaces is a striking oak and glass bridge that connects the master bedroom suite with two further bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.

Project Notes

  • Project: Oak frame self-build
  • Location: North Wales
  • Build time: Oct 2013 – Oct 2014
  • Size: 294m²
  • Plot cost: £700,000
  • Build cost: £600,000
  • Value: £1.6 million

View From the Water

Despite the fresh, modern look of the house, it blends in perfectly with its coastal surroundings.

Oak frame house with sea views

Blend of Materials

A combination of timber cladding, white render and a slate roof have been used to create a classic, yet contemporary design.

Oak frame house with timber cladding and aluminium windows

Living Room With a View

Views out to sea can be fully enjoyed through the extensive glazing in the living room, which also benefits from a cosy yet modern woodburning stove.

Living rooms with exposed oak beams and sea view

Double Height Spaces

The sociable open plan living, kitchen and dining space feature glazing on both sides and is overlooked by a striking glazed ‘bridge’ that connects the bedrooms upstairs.

Open plan ground floor with double height ceilings

Sociable Kitchen

The open plan nature of the kitchen is ideal for Peter and Jan who always envisaged that this house would be great for entertaining family and friends.

Double height kitchen with exposed oak frame

Oak and Glass

The traditional nature of the exposed oak frame is offset by the huge amounts of glass that have been used throughout — a particularly stunning feature is the cantilevered staircase built in oak and glass.

Open plan dining space with oak French doors

Post and Beam Frame

The post and beam oak frame is ideal for zoning the open spaces into more defined areas.

Kitchen diner with exposed oak frame and woodburner

Dining Room

The dining area can be opened up to the south-facing patio beyond and is the ideal spot for entertaining.

Dining room with exposed timber beams and French doors

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom has a modern en suite and is connected to the other two bedrooms via the glazed walkway.

Master bedroom with en suite and exposed timber frame

Rooms in the Roof

The first floor en suite and bathroom fit snugly into the roofspace, with large rooflights flooding them with light.

En suite with roof lights and timber beams

Contemporary Cladding

The crisp straight-edged timber cladding combines well with the more rustic oak framing and contemporary grey aluminium windows and doors.

Horizontal timber cladding with aluminium and oak windows and doors

Sloping Site Solution

The new house takes into account the sloping nature of the site. The terrace which extends over the garage is the prefect spot to enjoy sea views.

Timber clad house with render on sloping site

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