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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.

With over 20 years of specialist experience, Welsh Oak Frame is one of Britain’s most-respected bespoke oak frame companies. The firm is at the forefront of design and construction for self-builders in the UK, and has helped hundreds of people nationwide to create the home of their dreams – whatever that might be.

Pioneers of the oak frame revival, Welsh Oak Frame’s knowledge and expertise mean that the company can seamlessly combine traditional joinery skills with state-of-the-art technology to create the ultimate in oak frame homes. The company has won a series of awards for its diverse projects, not least because of the care and attention paid to customer service throughout – homes are unique to each client and perfectly tailored to suit their needs.

The journey to creating a house with Welsh Oak Frame starts at the design stage – and whether you want something characterful and traditional, or more cool and contemporary, the company has a highly-skilled design team that can cater to your needs. The knowledge and experience that the team boasts means that they are some of the most skilled and highly-esteemed professionals in the field.

Creating a beautiful home starts with an exceptional vision for the house’s aesthetic – inside and out – something that the team will help you with. This will make the most of your site, style preference and layout requirements. Welsh Oak Frame’s designers know how to create plans that will perfectly suit your needs, as well as satisfying the guidelines set by planning permissions, all the while making the most of the oak frame construction. Some self-builders approach the company with pre-prepared plans – which the team can translate into a workable oak frame design.

The company’s motto is ‘Your build, your way.’ This pick and mix approach has been crafted for total flexibility for you to choose the products and services you require. Essentially, Welsh Oak Frame allow you to build your own customised package. Turnkey self-build is not right for everyone and Welsh Oak Frame wants its clients to enjoy the build process, and pick the elements that suit them. The approach also means that those who want to be hands on and have a true self-build experience can have the opportunity to do just that.

Whatever your requirements, Welsh Oak Frame offers a wide range of services, including full in-house architectural drawings and a cutting-edge design service that can transforms your plans into a fully-interactive model. The team can also look after planning applications, Building Regulations and structural calculations prior to breaking ground.

For more information visit; 01686 688 000

Proud to exhibit at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. <p style="font-weight: 400;">Welsh Oak Frame will be attending the National Homebuilding and Renovating Show at Birmingham NEC, 22nd-25th March 2018.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">Whether you’re an experienced renovator or self-builder, or you’re planning your first ever project, discover everything you need to make your ideas a reality at the show.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">The show is a fantastic opportunity to talk to self-build and renovation experts, including the team at Welsh Oak Frame, who will be on <strong>stand D183</strong>. Come along and chat to them. Welsh Oak Frame are more than happy to help and offer advice about your project, whatever stage of the build you’re at.</p>