Timber frame houses are a lasting favourite among self-builders in the UK, and it's not hard to see why. Not just a speedy method of construction, the flexibility of timber frame can suit both traditional and contemporary aesthetics. Plus, the inherent energy-efficiency of the build method means it is a great options for those building with Passivhaus principles in mind.
The cost of timber frame houses can vary depending on the difficulty of design, so we have included selected prices where possible, as well as the benefits timber frame brought to the project, so you can get to grips with the pros and cons on this system.
1. Oak Frame Starter Home for Under £270K
First-time self-builders Lucy Newton and Sam Hopkins chose an oak frame with structural insulated panels (SIPs) encapsulation for their first home.
Keen to build an energy-efficient house, they designed the plans themselves to cut costs (detailed drawings by a family friend) and installed a air source heat pump to provide hot water and underfloor heating.
- Built cost: £267,000
- Location: York
2. Timber Frame House on a Challenging Site
Frame Technologies closed panel Tech Vantage E timber frame system was used to construct this energy-efficient self build on a challenging site.
The timber frame upper level features timber shingles; the lower floor, built into the sloping site, features a solid masonry plinth.
(MORE: How to Build on a Sloping Site)
- Build cost: Unknown
- Location: Sheffield
3. Timber Frame House Extension to Granary Barn
Wilma Geddes converted and extended a once-derelict mill. Timber frame was chosen to sit atop the barn for the main living areas while highly efficient Scandinavian windows were specified to combat the open Scottish countryside.
- Build cost: £310,000
- Location: Aberdeenshire
4. Timeless Country Self Build
An energy-efficient timber frame panel system was used alongside a green oak frame to create this timeless home.
Delicate dormers and a veranda create a quintessential cottage charm, while the home boasts U values of just 0.14.
- Build cost: Unknown
- Location: Surrey
5. Barn-style Timber Frame Kit Home
After visiting Potton's showhome, Brian and Loveday Ellis fell in love with timber frame and the quick construction it offered — as well as Potton's opportunities for a customisation of a pre-designed home.
- Build cost: £759,000 (built to extremely high spec)
- Location: Hampshire
6. Timber Frame Package Replacement Home
Jim and Mary knocked down a dated bungalow an in its place constructed a sustainable prefabricated kit home, made from Facit Homes' Chassis™ system, and designed precisely for their lifestyle.
- Build cost: Unknown
- Location: London
7. Passivhaus Timber Frame Kit Home for £220K
First-time self-builder Paula Harte built her Passivhaus-certified kit home using the Type C plans by Caber House, pre-designed by Colin Potter of Architeco.
After the weathertight shell was erected by Caber House, Paula assumed the responsibilities of project manager to keep to her fixed total budget (including plot) under £280,000.
- Build cost: £220,000
- Location: Elgin, Scotland
8. Traditional Family Home Build on a Budget
After purchasing a plot with plan for a Border Oak oak-framed home, Wendy and Steve Hunter proved that a beautiful four-bedroomed home can be constructed with a budget of less than £1,500/m².
- Build cost: £265,000
- Location: Herefordshire
9. Single-storey Self Build on the Coast
A combination of steel and timber frame was used to combat this challenging coastal site.
Homeowner and retired architect Nick Purchase designed the house in timber frame in order to achieve vaulted ceilings throughout.
- Build cost: £350,000
- Location: West Cornwall
10. Oak and Timber Frame Suburban House
Penny and Michael Young self-built their new home on a suburban infill plot, combining a traditional frontage with a contemporary interior rear elevation.
The oak frame and timber encapsulation system was supplied by Oakwrights.
- Build cost: £500,000
- Location: Coventry
11. A Contemporary, Future-proofed Timber Frame House
Accessibility and energy efficiency were high on the list for Kenneth and Marion MacLean when they approached Allan Corfield Architects to design their forever home.
SIPs were chosen to construct the house thanks to their high levels of thermal efficiency and were paired with a 'fabric first' approach to self build.
- Build cost: £850,000
- Location: Edinburgh
12. Traditional New Build, Filled With Design Innovation
Adrian and Sandra Girling were keen to build their traditional style home with timber frame and opted for a stick-build self 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).
- Build cost: £260,000
- Location: Essex
13. Striking Timber Frame House in Surrey
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
14. Contemporary Timber Frame House on the Coast
This self build timber frame house embraces upside down living to make the most of the surrounding views.
By constructing in timber frame, a dramatic glazed gable was featured alongside the expansive aluminium windows in the design, meaning this villa-style home is filled with natural light.
- Build cost: £470,000
- Location: Fife coast, Edinburgh
15. Stone-clad Timber Frame House in a Conservation Area
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
16. Timber Frame Kit Home on a Sloping Site
These homeowners 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
17. Timber Frame House Complemented by Woodland Plot
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
18. Lake District Self Build Constructed with Timber Frame
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
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