5 Ideas to Copy from this Oak Frame Home Built on a Budget

exterior of oak frame modern country home
(Image credit: Mark Watts c/o Oakwrights)

Taking the DIY route to self build isn’t for everyone, but for first timers Charlie and Helen Mills it was the best way to create exactly what they wanted, while on a strict budget. 

It helped that a plot with planning permission almost fell into their laps. Charlie, who’d just bought a flat and had only just met his future wife Helen, was presented the chance to buy a plot with planning permission for two houses through oak frame specialists, Oakwrights in Herefordshire, where he worked. 

Alison Wall

Alison Wall is an experienced homes journalist, and former chief sub editor of Homebuilding & Renovating. She has interviewed countless self-builders and renovators regarding their projects, and has a special interest in eco builds. She is also renovating her 1970s home and garden, and has a particular interest in making her own home greener, having recently added solar panels, an EV chargepoint and a solar battery system.