Building an oak frame home is the dream for many self builders. It offers instant character and is suited to both traditional and contemporary designs, and the frame can be exposed both internally and externally depending on the aesthetic you are aiming for. Oak frames are built off-site and delivered to site where they are assembled relatively quickly. Combined with SIPs, oak frame homes can also offer impressive airtightness.

Here are some of the best oak frame homes in the UK, ranging from the UK’s first oak frame Passivhaus to the oak frame home built on an impressive budget of £200k.

1. Stunning Oak Frame Bungalow in Surrey

Vaulted ceiling with exposed oak frame in kitchen

Homeowners Sheila and Geoff McGaughey never expected to build a bungalow, but working closely with Border Oak, came up with a great oak frame design that they can enjoy in their retirement.

2. UK’s First Oak Frame Passivhaus

UK's first oak frame Passivhaus

This high-spec eco home is also the first oak frame Passivhaus-certified property in the UK. Located in Yorkshire, this 200m² home was built for £450,000.

3. Oak Frame Home on Greenbelt Plot

oak frame home on a greenbelt plot

This one-and-a-half storey home with two bedrooms has been built in oak frame and SIPs and is clad in cedar.

4. A Contemporary Oak Frame Design 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.

5. A Contemporary Coastal Home Built with an Oak Frame

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.

6. Oak Frame Cottage Built for £200k

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

7. An Oak Frame Self Build on a Sloping Site

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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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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