Oak frame home with glazing

This contemporary family home in Oxfordshire uses vernacular materials such as brick and flint alongside the green oak frame structural details.

The result works to reflect the local setting and help the house sit sympathetically in context, despite being hidden from view at the end of a private lane behind an established street scene.

The design is a modern take on nearby agricultural barns, where the front elevation features a two-storey glazed gable and low sweeping eaves.

The traditional external palette is counter balanced by a plethora of 21st century technology and high performance construction details, such as triple glazing and super sophisticated sound and lighting controls.

Border Oak was brought on board for a complete design, planning and construction package, including project management.

The company’s design team worked closely alongside homeowners Fiona and Darren Strange to create this unique property.

The brief was to deliver a personal combination of spaces based on informal family living, enable the couple to work from home and provide flexibility as their needs change in the future.

The result is an oak frame home with an external envelope of structural insulated panels (SIPs). At the core of the scheme is a huge open-plan family, living and kitchen space, 20m wide in both directions, reaching from the front to the back of the house so it captures sunlight throughout the day.

Distinctive oak pillars provide the huge span clearances, work to cleverly combine the complex integrated technology and zone the areas.

“Our clients wanted the main room to be as free of internal divisions as possible,” says Merry Albright from Border Oak. “The oak posts are needed structurally but have been kept to a bare minimum. Our designers put them to good use though, offering a practical solution for hiding the wires and cables needed across such a vast floor area.”

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