Timber Frame Or Oak Frame?

The wonderful thing about an oak frame is that it can be incorporated into almost any form of house construction, including timber frame, to bring a warmth and character unachievable in any other way.

Including oak frame into your timber frame house doesn’t need to be an all or nothing decision. The use of elements of oak frame in key areas can add a wow factor to the hallway, master bedroom or living area.


The Complete Oak Home offer something rather different, not oak frame manufacturers but oak frame experts who design & build oak frame homes. 


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Timber Frame, Oak Frame, Panelised or Stick Frame; Which Is Which?

Oak frame is a structural frame that is visible inside the house (and occasionally outside), it’s made of large section oak and is chosen for the warm and characterful aesthetic it brings to the house.

Panelised systems are made from small section (150mm x 50mm) softwood and sheet timber (like ply wood) that make up the walls of a house. They encapsulate the insulation, they can be pre-fabricated off site or fabricated on site. In an oak framed house they are often used to wrap around the oak frame to create the walls.

Panelised systems also come either open or closed. An open system doesn’t have the inner board fitted so that insulation can be installed on site. A closed system does have the inner board fitted and the insulation, vapour barriers and membranes are installed in the factory.

Stick frame is often used when referring to a panelised system that is fabricated on site.

People tend to use Timber frame as a generic term to refer to any of the above.

Timber Frame Systems

Timber framed systems have earned a rightful reputation as an economic and fast form of construction.

Having been fabricated off site, from drawings provided by the designer, panelised systems or kits arrive on site once the ground work is complete. This enables the self-builder to get wind and weather tight quickly.

If we’ve designed oak frame into your house we’ll ensure that it works seamlessly with the timber frame.

Timber frame kits come in all sorts of guises, open panel, closed panel, structural, non-structural, pre-fabricated or on site fabrication. The one best suited to your project will depend on a plethora of options, how much insulation you want, what type of insulation you want, which offers the most efficient solution, site conditions, access and so on.

When you’re working with us we’ll talk you through the options and help you make an informed choice.

How Much Will A Timber Frame House Cost Me?

One of the first things you are likely to want to know is how much an oak timber frame house is likely to cost you. Because of the nature of self-building a new house you won’t be able to get a fixed price on day one. It is an iterative process that should run alongside the development of the design for your house. However you’ll need to know if your project and budget are feasible and we can certainly give you some guidance.

Our cost control process gives clients their lifetime home


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