One of the oldest building methods, constructing using timber frame, and oak in particular, offers immediate character to self build homes — and can suit both traditional and contemporary home too.

From curved structures in the Cotswolds to country houses in Hertfordshire, contemporary pads with a warm feel on the coast, and much more, these examples showcase how this material has been used to create charming, bespoke homes up and down the country.

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1. A Contemporary Oak Frame Home Clad in Timber

Exterior view from the rear

The exposed frame of this self build, designed by Oakwrights, sits alongside playful contemporary touches such as zoned open-plan living, an open tread staircase and a glass floor.

2. A Contemporary Coastal Home

Contemporary oak frame house with timber cladding and render

Following a visit to Oakwrights‘ Herefordshire factory, one couple worked with their architect to create a design for a holiday home on the coast which blends characterful touches with modern appeal.

3. A £200K Oak Frame Self Build

Built for only £200,000 with a frame from Border Oak, this cottage-style property was designed to fit in with the surrounding traditional village.

4. An Oak Frame Self Build on a Slope

Exterior of stone and timber clad oak frame self build

Modern methods of construction and energy efficiency have been combined with traditional green oak framing (from Welsh Oak Frame) and materials to create this new rural home.

5. An Oak Frame Lakehouse

On a historic walled garden plot, this design is set into a slope to minimise external volume. Frame by Oakwrights, externally clad in Siberian Larch.

6. A Traditional Replacement Dwelling

timber frame self build glazed wall

Replacing a fire-damaged cottage, this sympathetic new build is clad in a blend of reclaimed stone (with the front elevation, overleaf, clad entirely in stone), recovered from the demolished cottage, and render.

7. A Barn-Style Oak Frame Home

Designed to be sensitive to the rural locality, a barn-style home was constructed using a post and beam green oak frame, including a projecting glazed gable end.

8. A Woodland Retreat

oak frame weatherboarded self build

An oak framed future-proof house, on a wooded semi-rural plot, has been meticulously designed and crafted so as to become a home for life.

9. An Open Plan Barn-Style Home

Barn-style oak frame self build house

A barn-style home bridges the gap between contemporary and traditional design, while a limited palette of materials blends with the rural landscape.

10. A Curved Oak Frame Home

This modern property was designed by George Batterham of Batterham Matthews Design, combining a timber frame with glazing and dry stone-effect walls.

11. An Oak Frame Home for Under £200K

Traditional materials such as clay roof tiles and stained weatherboarding mean this new home sits comfortably into its surroundings

Traditional materials such as clay roof tiles and stained weatherboarding mean this new home, built on a DIY basis, sits comfortably into its surroundings.

12. An Oak Frame Country House

Oak frame country house

Spanning 790m2, this large country house, designed by Jeremy Rawlings with frame by Oakwrights, creates architectural ‘wow’ with double-height ceilings.

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