The popularity of timber frame houses amongst self builders has grown over recent years and is now almost equal to that of masonry self builds. It is a versatile build method — you can build both traditional and contemporary timber frame houses on a variety of budgets, so its appeal is vast.

If you are wondering if timber frame is for you, we’ve collected the best timber frame houses in the UK to give you a healthy dose of inspiration for your own project.

If you want to know more details about the timber frame systems available and their costs, check out our timber frame beginner’s guide.

1. Contemporary Timber Frame House on the Coast

this timber frame house on the Scottish coast is filled with natural light

This self build timber frame house embraces upside down living to make the most of the surrounding views. Expansive glazing means this villa-style home is filled with natural light.

  • Build cost: £470,000
  • Location: Fife coast, Edinburgh

2. Timber Frame Forever Home

timber frame forever home front elevation

Rupert and Lindsay Osborne have finally realised their dream of building a stunning timber frame house in Suffolk, after a lengthy planning battle taking seven years.

  • Build cost: £610,000
  • Location: Suffolk

3. Stone-clad Timber Frame House in a Conservation Area

Cotswold stone timber frame house

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

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

(MORE: The beginner’s guide to timber frame)

4. Timber Frame Kit Home on a Sloping Site

Timber frame self build kit home

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

5. National Park Setting for a Modern Timber Frame House

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

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6. Accessible Eco Home in Hampshire

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

7. Timber Frame House Complemented by Woodland Plot

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

8. Lake District Self Build Constructed with Timber Frame 

Timber frame house 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

9. 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

10. Sustainable Timber Home in the Scottish Highlands 

Sustainable timber frame house

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

11. Contemporary Timber Frame Build 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

12. Energy-Efficient Timber Frame Longhouse

Timber frame houses can work well for creating longhouses as this project demonstrates

Architects Helen Lucas and Malcolm Fraser have built an energy-efficient timber frame house on a waterside site on the west coast of Scotland. The post and beam frame was built using a mixture of Douglas fir for the internal parts of the structure and oak for exposed external timbers.

  • Build cost: Unknown
  • Location: Scotland

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

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