According to a recent report on the self and custom build market, 35 percent of self builders choose timber frame as their construction system of choice, while another 8 percent choose SIPs (the combined figure of which is, interestingly, almost equal to the 46 percent of self builders who choose masonry).

Suited to both contemporary and traditional style projects of varying sizes and budgets, it’s not difficult to see why this build method is so popular.

1. Timber Frame Home, Clad in Cotswold Stone

Cotswold stone timber frame self build

Andrew and Toni Leese worked with Potton to build their stunning timber frame home, located in a conservation area in Wiltshire.

  • Build cost: £316,000
  • Location: Wiltshire

2. Award-Winning Kit Home 

Timber frame self build kit home

A previous winner of the Best Timber Frame category in The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards, these homeowners have created an energy-efficient contemporary-style home that successfully navigates the challenges of its sloping site on the Isle of Man.

  • Build cost: £398,000
  • Location: Isle of Man

3. Contemporary Home in a National Park

timber frame home in a national park

Marina Dennis’ home, Inchdryne Lodge, sits in a secluded birch wood on the edge of the Abernethy forest in the Scottish Highlands. The timber frame structure is also clad in timber to ensure it sits sympathetically with its surroundings.

  • Build cost: £250,000
  • Location: Scottish Highlands

4. Eco Home Built With Accessibility in Mind

accessible self build timber frame eco home

Mike and Linda Bray’s timber frame self build may have been subject to many challenges, but the end result, designed by their architect son Oliver, is an energy-efficient, low-maintenance building. The property is clad in untreated timber, zinc and self-coloured render for an almost maintenance-free finish.

  • Build cost: £630,000
  • Location: Hampshire

5. Striking Self Build Set in Woodland

Contemporary woodland self build

Architect Liam Denny, and his partner Mark Camillin (also an architect) spent seven months building their cedar-clad, timber frame home in a fir tree forest in Devon.

Even though they had to demolish the original bungalow that occupied the plot, Liam and Mark benefited from the existing electricity supply and were able to save money by using the existing concrete foundations and septic tank.

  • Build cost: £237,000
  • Location: Devon

6. Lakeside Timber Frame Home 

Timber frame self build in the Lake District

Mike and Gill Tate chose a timber frame construction for their Lake District self build to echo the traditional design of other homes in the area.  They chose Rob Roy as their suppliers.

  • Build Cost: £565,000 (incl. £35,000 for the garage and £40,000 for landscaping)
  • Location: Lake District

7. Contemporary Self Build on a Former WW2 Airbase 

Timber frame farmhouse

This modern, timber frame farmhouse sits on a spacious plot that is steeped in military history. The owners, James and Claudia Grey, were keen to build a sustainable home that would not only sit low on the landscape, but also complement its existing surroundings.

  • Build cost: £600,000
  • Location: Essex

8. Sustainable Home in the Scottish Highlands 

Sustainable timber home

For their third self build project, David and Anne Walker chose a timber frame and timber-clad design that sits sympathetically in the landscape. For the cladding, the couple chose locally-sourced and chemically untreated timber.

  • Build cost: undisclosed
  • Location: Scottish Highlands

9. Contemporary Home in a Conservation Area 

Barn-style timber frame home in a Conservation Area

Self builder Merula Frankel worked with German supplier Baufritz on her barn-style timber frame home in Hampshire. Keen for the project to be as sustainable as possible, renewables have been included where possible.

  • Build cost: £750,000
  • Location: Hampshire

Read more: How does timber frame stack up against masonry?

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