Looking to add space, value and character to your home? Extending with oak frame could be the ideal route. Here’s a hand-picked selection of projects to inspire your next steps
After their plans to knock down and rebuild a 17th century cottage were rejected by the local authority, Sarah and Guy Bowden turned to specialists Welsh Oak Frame to extend their home instead.
The new additions replace an old lean-to and pigsty. The design combines the best of oak with softwood framing for maximum value for money. Timber and stone cladding provide a traditional touch, while allowing the main heritage building to take precedence.
2. Contemporary design
A glass link connects old and new in this stunning Border Oak project. The listed Arts & Crafts building needed to be restored, and any additions had to reflect the existing style, without being a pastiche.
Border Oak provided a hand-crafted frame incorporating plenty of glazing to form a visually distinct structure that complements the original house. The result is a light-filled contemporary family home with a characterful new kitchen and dining area.
Downsizing to a small one-bedroom cottage was a challenge for the Fergussons, who chose Oakwrights to deliver this spacious extension, comprising a large kitchen, living room and master bedroom.
They were impressed by the team’s creative flair and collaborative approach to the design phase. High ceilings and large windows have been added for a more contemporary feel, striking a balance with the original building’s traditional charm.
4. Stunning kitchen – diner
English Heritage Buildings created this large open-plan kitchen-diner extension, packed with wow-factor.
The roof lantern is an eye-catching focal feature, a bespoke design for the homeowners, filtering natural light into the new space. They chose a neutral palette and warm wooden furniture to complement the exposed oak beams. The area is now the central hub of their home.
Border Oak were the team behind this modest lean-to extension for a Victorian cottage in a sensitive location – next door to a protected medieval church.
Access to the heritage property had been identified as a potential issue, so oak frame was seen as the ideal structural system as the beams could be carried through the narrow side passage towards the rear. Two sets of French doors and a row of rooflights have been added to ensure the modernised family home benefits from plenty of sunshine.
6. Building a granny annexe
Welsh Oak Frame designed this two-storey extension for Edouard and Alison Gasquet to be able to better accommodate Alison’s mother, Janet. The addition gives Janet an independent living space, but still blends seamlessly into the original house.
Glazing was restrictedto the rear because of overlooking issues, but full-height windows and a Juliet balcony have been incorporated to maximise light and views over the garden.
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