Things to know about oak framing – Part 2

December 12, 2016

We loved sharing our ‘Things to know about oak framing – Part 1’ last month, so we decided to add another chapter to the series so you can learn even more about our favourite construction material.

If you happened to miss our first installment, click here or keep reading to find out how to achieve an oak frame home on a budget, approaching an experienced designer and adding an oak frame extension to your home.

1. An oak frame home can be achieved on a budget

Many budding self-builders are often cautious about building with oak, often due to the common misconception that oak frame builds are beyond a typical self-builders’ budget. As much as oak frame is more expensive than brick and block, with oak frame you are investing in a high quality construction method that will stand the test of time.

To keep costs down and still create a stunning oak frame home, you could consider using oak in certain spaces such as the kitchen, living room or entrance hall. These spaces in particular work well with the inclusion of oak, but to help reduce costs you could consider keeping certain rooms free of oak, particularly utility rooms. Similarly, using details such as oak joinery throughout the home can be a simple way of creating the style of oak frame, but on a budget.

In terms of the structure, selecting a simple Queen post truss, as opposed to a complex arched brace truss, can also be an easy way of creating your dream oak frame home, without breaking the bank.

2. Approach an experienced oak frame designer

When taking on an extension or self-build project, it is important to get the best tips and advice by speaking to an experienced oak frame designer. This will help to make sure you keep to your budget, choose the right type of oak for your home and most importantly achieve the extension you’ve always dreamt of.

The design and detailing process needs an oak frame designer that has the necessary experience and knowledge of the construction system, so it is important to do your research and look for a reputable oak frame team who understand the pros and cons of using the material. Traditional architects and builders do not always fully understand the architectural execution that comes with extending with oak, so it is advisable to contact an oak frame specialist, such as the team here at Welsh Oak Frame.

It is extremely important to find a designer that understands your project and what you want to create through your build, and picking a specialist oak frame designer will mean you achieve the best possible results.

3. It is possible to extend in oak frame

For self-builders wanting to update their homes with oak frame, but not wanting to take on a complete renovation project, there is also the option to extend with oak.

The main facts to know about extending with green oak is that as the material moves, which is a completely natural process, the walls, roof and glazing should be properly detailed to prevent any water leakage. As oak frame extensions are built on their own foundation and not linked in with existing masonry, this means that the property will experience differential movement due to the separate foundations. To stop this causing any problems, a watertight movement joint is used in between the old and new structures.

Extending in oak frame can be an effective way of adding stunning, characterful spaces to your home, potentially through additional bedrooms or even outbuildings that can create an additional living space for you and your family.

For more information on how to great your dream oak frame home or extension, you can contact the Welsh Oak Frame team who will be happy to help with any of your oak frame questions. You can reach the team on 01686 688000 or visit our Facebook page @WelshOakFrame.