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Oak frame: the basics

The distinctive shakes, character and honeyed hue of an oak frame are a winning combination for many homeowners, but it’s also a robust building material that offers fantastic sustainability credentials, says Emily Smith

As a native tree to Europe, oak has been used to build homes in this country for thousands of years. “Self builders choosing this material have the reassurance that they are using a high quality system with a great reputation,” says Mark Jones from Welsh Oak Frame. “Many homeowners express their love for its natural elegance, features and graining.”

Oak framing creates a standalone structural skeleton capable of supporting itself and the weight of the roof and floor structure, without the need for structural panels or sheathing. Green oak (recently felled timber) is used because it’s easier to cut and shape. The structure will dry out over time, shrinking into place and creating the unique splits that many homeowners find so alluring.

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The April edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A stunning oak frame lodge in a woodland setting (page 22) • How to build a healthy home (page 58) • Upgrading your home's insulation (page 68) • Dealing with planning rejections (page 111) • How to get realistic quotes (page 115) … and more!