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Why build with oak?

Oak frame offers a natural appeal and characterful allure, but is it right for your self-build? Emily Smith looks at the main benefits of this construction method
This design by Border Oak features exposed oak outside, adding to a cosy country cottage feel

Oak frame is a popular option for self-builders hoping to turn their home’s structure into a focal point. The warm tones and natural splits and shakes of the exposed posts and beams can inject character and charm into any house, but the look of the wood isn’t this building method’s only appeal. Here’s why you should consider oak for your project.

1 It combines age-old techniques with modern technology

We’ve been building houses with oak trees since as far back as the medieval period. While much of the traditional craftsmanship that goes into moulding this material remains unchanged, the process has been given a 21st century boost thanks to technological advancements. Computer-controlled cutters, high-spec insulation and craning the frame into place on site all equate to an efficient process that meets modern Building Regulations.

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The November edition of Build It magazine brings you all the inspiration & practical advice you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget, including: • A self-built first home for just £47,000 (page 48) • Why build with oak? (page 64) • Rainwater goods: repair or replace? (page 67) • 5 renovation tips for a healthy home (page 81) • Is open plan living right for you (page 103) • Expert guide to lighting and electrics (page 112) … and more!
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