• Oak has a very slow burn rate to fire resistance and will not easily ignite.

  • With time your frame will season, this drying process naturally tightens the joints, thus strengthening the structure.

  • European is cheaper than English oak. Speak to your supplier and be clear on which type they source.

  • With time your frame will slowly darken in colour to a deep silver finish, bringing character to your building.

Securing planning permission is your first task. It is important to familiar yourself with local policies. Book a consultation with your local planning officer to discuss your intentions. They won’t be able to confirm if your application will be granted until it is submitted, but you will be able to get a feel of their requirements for your framing project.

To assist you with the construction of your oak framed house you will generally require the services of a recommended architect, a good framing company and a general building contractor. Some specialist oak framing companies may provide all of this “in house” so speaking to them first is a good starting point.

Depending on your budget you may decide upon a pre designed house or a bespoke design which requires the flare of a good architect to guide you through. Once the foundations have been finished, the frame can be delivered to site and erected by your chosen company and finished to a “water tight” stage all within a short time scale.

From the various choices of finishes (timber clad, stone, brick, rendered, etc), your external walls can now be started, followed by the tradesmen finishing the internal elements. By now your project will have come to life and reflect the character and quality you had in mind from the beginning…. Good luck!