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Timber Frame Houses: 12 Incredible Designs

Timber frame traditional style self build in the Lake District
(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

According to a 2017 market report*, the number of timber frame houses built by self builders  was almost equal to those built with masonry. And it’s not hard to see why. It’s a fast and versatile build method, suitable for both traditional and contemporary aesthetics, and is a great option for those building with Passivhaus principles in mind.

If you are tempted by the thought of building a timber frame house, here are 14 projects to give you some healthy inspiration.

If you want to know more details about the timber frame systems available, their benefits and their costs, check out our timber frame beginner’s guide.

1. Traditional New Build, Filled With Design Innovation

traditional-style self build is brimming with design innovation

Adrian and Sandra Girling were keen to build their traditional style self build with timber frame and opted for a stick-build route over SIPs so that they would have the option to change things on site (which would not have been possible had they chosen SIPs. (Image credit: Simon Maxwell)
  • Build cost: £260,000
  • Location: Essex

2. Striking Timber Frame House in Surrey

Striking Timber Frame House in Surrey

(Image credit: Darren Chung)

Homeowners Melvin and Sandy built their striking home in under a year thanks to the speed benefits of building with timber frame.

  • Build cost: £600,000
  • Location: Surrey

3. Contemporary Timber Frame House on the Coast

Contemporary Family Self Build Home, Filled with Light

(Image credit: David Barbour)

This self build timber frame house embraces upside down living to make the most of the surrounding views. Expansive glazing means this villa-style home is filled with natural light.

  • Build cost: £470,000
  • Location: Fife coast, Edinburgh

4. Stone-clad Timber Frame House in a Conservation Area

Timber frame Cotswold stone home in Wiltshire

(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

Andrew and Toni Leese worked with Potton to build their stunning timber frame house, located in a conservation area in Wiltshire.

  • Build cost: £316,000
  • Location: Wiltshire

(MORE: The beginner’s guide to timber frame)

5. Timber Frame Kit Home on a Sloping Site

A timber frame eco home

(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

These homeowners have created an energy-efficient contemporary-style home that successfully navigates the challenges of its sloping site on the Isle of Man.

  • Build cost: £398,000
  • Location: Isle of Man

6. National Park Setting for a Modern Timber Frame House

National Park Setting for a Modern Timber Frame House

(Image credit: Andrew Lee)

Marina Dennis’ home, Inchdryne Lodge, sits in a secluded birch wood on the edge of the Abernethy forest in the Scottish Highlands. The timber frame structure is also clad in timber to ensure it sits sympathetically with its surroundings.

  • Build cost: £250,000
  • Location: Scottish Highlands

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7. Accessible Eco Home in Hampshire

Accessible Self Build Eco Home

(Image credit: Martin Gardner)

Mike and Linda Bray’s timber frame self build may have been subject to many challenges, but the end result, designed by their architect son Oliver, is an energy-efficient, low-maintenance building. The property is clad in untreated timber, zinc and self-coloured render for an almost maintenance-free finish.

  • Build cost: £630,000
  • Location: Hampshire

8. Timber Frame House Complemented by Woodland Plot

Contemporary Woodland Self Build

(Image credit: CDMS Architects)

Architect Liam Denny, and his partner Mark Camillin (also an architect) spent seven months building their cedar-clad, timber frame home in a fir tree forest in Devon.

Even though they had to demolish the original bungalow that occupied the plot, Liam and Mark benefited from the existing electricity supply and were able to save money by using the existing concrete foundations and septic tank.

  • Build cost: £237,000
  • Location: Devon

9. Lake District Self Build Constructed with Timber Frame 

Timber frame traditional style self build in the Lake District

(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

Mike and Gill Tate chose a timber frame construction for their Lake District self build to echo the traditional design of other homes in the area.  They chose Rob Roy as their suppliers.

  • Build Cost: £565,000 (incl. £35,000 for the garage and £40,000 for landscaping)
  • Location: Lake District

10. Contemporary Self Build on a Former WW2 Airbase 

A Timber Framed Farmhouse

(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

This modern, timber frame farmhouse sits on a spacious plot that is steeped in military history. The owners, James and Claudia Grey, were keen to build a sustainable home that would not only sit low on the landscape, but also complement its existing surroundings.

  • Build cost: £600,000
  • Location: Essex

11. Sustainable Timber Home in the Scottish Highlands 

Sustainable Timber Home in the Scottish Highlands

(Image credit: Andrew Lee)

For their third self build project, David and Anne Walker chose a timber frame and timber-clad design that sits sympathetically in the landscape. For the cladding, the couple chose locally-sourced and chemically untreated timber.

  • Build cost: undisclosed
  • Location: Scottish Highlands

12. Contemporary Timber Frame Build in a Conservation Area 

Barn-style package build timber frame home

(Image credit: c/o Baufritz)

Self builder Merula Frankel worked with German supplier Baufritz on her barn-style timber frame home in Hampshire. Keen for the project to be as sustainable as possible, renewables have been included where possible.

  • Build cost: £750,000
  • Location: Hampshire

*Homebuilding & Renovating Self & Custom Build Market Report