Key facts

Architect: Jackson Architects

Charted surveyor: Andrew Eades

Material: Oak

Total frame cost: £61,000

Total build cost: £586,000 



oak frame cottage oxfordshire

Oak framed cottage in Oxfordshire

A contemporary oak framed cottage in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside.

Project profile

Colin and Amanda Shepherd were determined not to do things by half – they decided to build an oak framed cottage in Oxfordshire while planning for a wedding – with the reception due to take place at their new house just weeks following the completion of the property.

The oak frame was very important to the couple so they chose an architect that had a vast amount of experience in designing oak frames to ensure the frame became the centre point for the property.

The couple also wanted their house to be as natural as possible, not just to a make the most of the natural beauty of oak but also to blend in with the surrounding Oxfordshire countryside. That is why they chose Carpenter Oak & Woodland as they make bespoke frames not just to provide the client with their dream home but also so the house blends in seamlessly with the surrounding area.

The Design

At the design stage Colin and Amanda decided to create a 3D model of the house so they could see exactly what the house would look like and more importantly how it would work for them prior to the start of build – this in the long run saved the couple money as they could make firm decisions on what they wanted in their house so they didn’t make costly mistakes.

The couple were very involved with the build from the start which helped them to keep to budget by sourcing a lot of the materials themselves. However, they also brought in chartered surveyor, Andrew Eades to oversee the build and liaise with the builders to ensure the job was completed satisfactorily.

Two weeks before the Shepherd’s wedding the house was still not completed, however everyone worked around the clock and everything was wonderful and the oak framed cottage was the perfect location for the wedding reception and joint house warming.

One of the reasons we chose Carpenter Oak & Woodland is that we didn’t want the house to look too angular. We really liked the curved beams that we’d seen in their houses. That really appealed to us; it softens everything.” Colin and Amanda Shepherd.

Keeper’s Cottage has a very traditional frame with sling braces and queen post trusses, handcrafted by our expert craftsmen, however it does incorporate a more modern glazed gable which really makes the most of the beautiful countryside views that the oak framed cottage enjoys.
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