There’s no denying the impressive stature and design of oak frame homes. The design and look is very popular in today’s architectural structures, but they are still best associated with the traditional look and style that replicates homes built in the Middle Ages.
With the use of oak framing starting to decline around the Victorian era, we started to see the return of oak frame in a big way in the late 90s, through features on popular home renovation shows such as Grand Designs; and now timber frames are the fastest growing construction method used in the UK.
One concern, design-conscious, would-be self-builders may face is the traditional appearance of oak frames. As much as oak is famed for its classic look, oak frames can be modernised through a range of practices, including using contemporary materials such as glass and stainless steel to form stunning designs that will work seamlessly with the traditional look of oak frame. Similarly, transforming oak frame buildings into the 21st century can be done through including open-plan, airy spaces throughout the build.
Another way in which oak frame can be modernised is through the addition of bi-fold doors. Adding bi-fold doors to the back of your property will maximise the natural light entering your home, and is also a great way to maximise the illusion of space, again making your home appear more open-plan, creating airy and spacious living areas.
The addition of same level interior and exterior flooring can also be a great way to make your garden become an extended part of your living space, as well as being a great modern addition to traditional oak frame style. There is also the option to install floor-to-ceiling glazing to enhance the natural light entering your home, and this also offers the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views of your garden from inside your home throughout the year.
Image: The Hobbs family home
Designed and installed by Welsh Oak Frame, the Hobbs family demolished the bungalow that stood on their plot of land to make way for a two storey oak frame family home. The Hobbs worked closely with Welsh Oak Frame to create a modern, spacious home that fit in perfectly with their family life, including the addition of beautiful glass panels that increased the natural light entering the property.
The Hobbs’ home is a perfect example of how oak frames are flexible enough to create both modern and traditional-style properties with the ‘wow factor’.
Welsh Oak Frame designs and builds oak frame structures that blend together the best of traditional and contemporary oak frame buildings. For more information on Welsh Oak Frames please visit www.welshoakframe.com.