Oak frame is a popular self build choice in the UK thanks to it’s durability and much-desired aesthetic. It’s reliability as a building material has been known for a long time, with examples of homes built in oak dating back to Tudor times – when it was perhaps most prevalent – and beyond. However, a traditional material doesn’t restrict you to a conservative design, as these examples show.

Image above: Excellent airtightness, an exposed oak frame inside and sea views — what’s not to like?

Oak frame house self-designed

Fairytales come to life in this inspired home; the oak frame was sourced from France

Oak frame house by Carpenter Oak

Carpenter Oak & Woodland
Clad in Cotswold stone, you’d never guess an oak frame sits behind this eco self build

Oak frame house by Castle Ring Oak Frame

Castle Ring Oak Frame
This oak frame home clad in larch has rural charm — and was built for under £100,000

Oak frame house by The Complete Oak Home

The Complete Oak Home
A range of materials including oak cladding, flint and brick provide texture and warmth

Oak frame house by Border Oak

Border Oak
Lime render, a brick plinth and clay tiles create a timeless cottage style

Oak frame house by WSM Architects

WSM Architects
This European-style home is proof that an oak frame can take a contemporary form

Oak frame house by Border Oak

Border Oak
This barn-style self build features painted blue softwood cladding to great effect

Oak frame house by Mathewson Waters Architects

Mathewson Waters Architects
Behind this Cotswold stone-clad façade lies a vaulted oak frame

Oak frame house by Welsh Oak Frame

Welsh Oak Frame
Terraces and balconies allow this modern oak frame home to bring the outside in

Oak frame house by Oakwrights

Decked terraces provide the perfect outlook point from this oak frame lakehouse

Self-designed Oak frame house

A colonial cricket pavilion-style oak frame home sits proudly on the River Thames

Oak frame home by Stephen Evans Associates

Stephen Evans Associates
Large gables offer strong lines (and a sheltered veranda) on this oak frame build

Oak frame home by Roderick James and Carpenter Oak

Roderick James and Carpenter Oak
Overhanging eaves and a low slate roof add interest to this new home

Oak frame home by Border Oak

Border Oak
A traditional oak frame meets modern open plan spaces in this double-gabled property

Oak frame home by Oakwrights

Gables and an exposed oak frame add to the authenticity of this grand self build

Oak frame home by Welsh Oak Frame

Welsh Oak Frame
The double-height glazed gable of this oak frame home takes in the views

Oak frame home by The Complete Oak Home

The Complete Oak Home
Vertical cladding, a zinc roof and aluminium windows make this oak home modern

Oak frame home by Carpenter Oak & Woodland

Carpenter Oak & Woodland
This quirky design clad in timber and stone is also a highly sustainable home

Oak frame home by Westwind Oak

Westwind Oak
Arts & Crafts meets barn style in this oak frame home designed by Huw Thomas

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