6 Amazing Oak Frame Extensions

Check out these great oak frame extensions to inspire your project!
by Anamika Talwaria
3rd February 2020

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

1. Extension for historical home

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.

Large room with exposed oak beams

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.

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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.

Traditional home with oak frame side extension

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.


3. Modern bungalow

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.

Oak frame extension on bungalow

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.

Oak frame home with exposed beams

4. Stunning kitchen – diner

English Heritage Buildings created this large open-plan kitchen-diner extension, packed with wow-factor.

Oak extension with patio

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.

Exposed beams in large oak frame extension

5. Updating a cottage

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.

Cottage with glazed oak frame extension on side

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.

Rural kitchen

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.

Large traditional red brick home

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.

Oak frame home

Main image: Welsh Oak Frame

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