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There’s no denying the beauty and character of an oak framed property. Oak frames have a timeless look that mixes modern-day and traditional design, making them one of the most sought-after construction methods in recent years.

The team at Welsh Oak Frame, have created a list highlighting five important details you should know before committing to designing with oak frame. Read on for more details.

Set a budget

One of the most important factors to consider when planning a construction project of any size is to uncover the costs of your project, remembering to be realistic in the process. Experts suggest setting a contingency budget of at least 10%, which will help you to keep your project on track if you happen to acquire any surprise costs. Research by insurance comparison site found that 45% of UK homeowners spent more than they previously budgeted on home improvement projects* suggesting the practicality of putting money aside if needed.

Alongside planning for costs, timescales must also be carefully managed so that projects don’t run over schedule and cost you even more time and money. One of the benefits of building with an oak frame is that they can be constructed much more quickly and efficiently than other common building methods.

If you are thinking of completing an extension on your home and want to work out the cost of such a project, Real Homes have created a useful Home Extension Cost Calculator that allows you to forecast the cost of your project.

Designing your oak frame extension

Depending on the scale of your project, it may be necessary to hire a designer. One of the most important things to do when choosing a designer is to make sure they understand what you want, what requirements you have and more importantly whether they fit within your budget.

In the design stage it’s also worth thinking about any additional features you would like your property to include. For example adding bi-fold doors to the back of your property will maximise the natural light entering your home, as well being a great way to maximise the illusion of space, allowing you to make the most of your garden. Including same level interior and exterior flooring in your new project can also be a great way to make your garden become an extended part of your living space.

It’s also worth considering installing floor-to-ceiling glazing to enhance the natural light entering your home, whilst enjoying the panoramic views of your garden from the warmth of your home throughout the year.

However, there are a number of factors to consider and be aware of if you’re thinking of introducing glazing into your design. There is now a range of options for solar glazing, meaning different films or coatings can be applied to the glass, including ‘photochromic’ glass that reacts to light and will change depending on the level of light entering your home. However, as well as these modern technologies, good design principles can also go a long way to creating a successful light filled extension. For example, think carefully about the orientation of the building. It’s obvious that south facing extensions will be exposed to the full day’s sun, whereas a northern light will be ‘cooler and sharper’. It’s no coincidence that many artists prefer a north facing light in their studios.

Planning permission

An essential part of the process is to make sure that you have all of the correct planning permission, building control approval and conservation area consent in place, so that your extension can go forward. Many building and construction teams, including Welsh Oak Frame, are on hand to help with planning queries right from the beginning of your build, to help take away part of the stress of renovating or extending your property.

It is also important to remember that certain types of extensions do not need planning permission and can be extended under permitted development, whereas other extensions must have approval to go ahead. A simple way to check whether your project needs planning permission is to use an interactive tool created by Real Homes, found here.

The build process

In terms of building with oak frame, designs can generally be raised within a matter of weeks, as opposed to months, but it is also important that the process is scheduled realistically to provide sufficient time to complete tasks. Welsh Oak Frame provides a full, comprehensive service, where they will work with you from the early designing process, right up to the build, making your build as seamless and as stress-free as possible.

The final details

When all the hard work is complete, you should be left with the dream home you have always wanted.

In terms of finishing touches, an oak frame extension can be furnished as modern or as traditional as you desire – that’s the beauty of a modern-day oak frame property.

The addition of an extension to your home can add not only monetary value to your property, but the additional space obtained will help enhance your lifestyle, giving you the perfect space to host dinner parties and other functions that you previously did not have the capacity for.

Designed and installed by Welsh Oak Frame, the Harkin family finally got their dream space – a stunning large oak frame kitchen extension in North Wales. With a large, open-plan living space, this extension shows how Welsh Oak Frame seamlessly combined the traditional look and feel of oak frame with the modern features found in new built properties. Prices for a bespoke build start from £50,000.

If you are considering planning an extension or any other kind of self-build project, contact the Welsh Oak Frame team who will be happy to answer any questions and, having all completed their own self-build projects, they understand the trials and tribulations of going through the construction journey first hand.

To start your construction journey today visit or give them a call on 01686 688000.

At Welsh Oak Frame ‘time well spent’ is the ethos, so whether your project is large or small, Welsh Oak Frame take time to get to know you and the way you like to live, and will design a building which is truly bespoke and unique to you.

Welsh Oak Frame is among the UK’s leading bespoke oak frame builders, with more than 20 years experience. They work on projects throughout the UK, from their base in mid-Wales.

Welsh Oak Frame’s skilled craftsmen combine heritage methods with modern engineering techniques to create truly bespoke, traditional, barn-style, and post and beam oak frame buildings. Their expert in-house team will tailor precisely the right solution to your project’s requirements, taking care of planning applications, building regulations and structural calculations.

Welsh Oak Frame maintain a close collaboration with the accreditation body, BM TRADA, to ensure that their oak frame structures and paneling systems are approved to the highest standards, with full structural warranties. Only the highest quality materials and workmanship go into creating their oak frames; their customer service is always excellent and their wealth of experience is evident in every project.

Take time to browse the Welsh Oak Frame website and you’ll discover the unrivaled character and charm of an oak frame building. You’ll see how other self-builders have achieved their dream – from finding an ideal plot and developing a design, to getting started with the build. Above all, you’ll find out how the expert in-house designers and craftsmen can turn your dreams into reality.

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